Asparagus - Delicious and Healthy

Beautiful, fresh asparagus
Beautiful, fresh asparagus | Source

Amazing Health Benefits of Asparagus

Asparagus is one of those vegetable that have a long list of benefits. One of my favorite benefits is that asparagus has only 27 calories per cup. This makes it one of those raw foods that you can eat without guilt.

Good news for diabetics. This vegetable is known to reduce insulin levels.

Asparagus is also good for your skin. It's a great source of Vitamins A and C, the anti-oxidant vitamins that help protect your skin from radical damage. Not only that, the Vitamin C helps keep your skin from sagging and bagging.

Asparagus is also know to help keep your digestive system well and working fine. It contains insulin, which feeds a friendly bacteria that lives in your large intestine.

It helps cleanse your body and prevent kidney stones while preventing bladder and urinary tract infections.

It is known to help prevent multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and is especially powerful in helping prevent lung cancer.


So...what are you waiting for? Get out there and get yourself some delicious, healthy asparagus.

This unassuming vegetable is a powerful heart disease fighter. It's a terrific source of potassium which helps regulate your blood pressure and its rich in soluble fibers which help lower blood cholesterol levels.

For all you lovers out there - asparagus has been known for years as a powerful aphrodisiac and one of the best foods to increase libido.

Asparagus Recipes
Asparagus Recipes | Source

Asparagus Salad

Ingredients:

1 lb fresh asparagus, cleaned, trimmed, and cut into 1" pieces

1 small zucchini, halved and cut into 1/4" wide slices

1 cup grape tomatoes

1/4 cup thinly sliced white onion

3 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 tsp finely minced garlic

1/4 tsp seasoned salt

1/4 tsp spicy mustard

1/4 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Place asparagus and zucchini in a steamer basket over 1" of water and steam for 2 minutes.

Remove and rinse in cold water

Combine asparagus, zucchini, tomatoes, and onions in a large bowl.

In separate bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, seasoned salt, and spicy mustard.

Pour mixture over vegetables and toss.

Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Serves 6

Asparagus and Mushrooms

Ingredients:

1 lb fresh asparagus, cleaned, trimmed, and cut in 2" pieces

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tbsp. olive oil

3 cups fresh sliced mushrooms

1 tsp seasoned salt

Directions:

Saute asparagus and ground ginger in olive oil until asparagus is just beginning to become tender.

Add mushrooms, and seasoned salt and sauté for 2 - 3 minutes.

Serves 4

Asparagus Casserole

Ingredients:

2 can cream of mushroom soup

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup milk

2 tbsp. margarine

6 oz cream cheese

1 lb fresh asparagus, cleaned, trimmed and cut in 3" pieces

4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced

1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place asparagus in steamer over 1" boiling water and steam for 3 minutes. Set aside.

In saucepan, mix soup, onion, milk, margarine, and cream cheese heating slowly until completely blended.

Place one half of the asparagus in a casserole dish, cover with boiled egg slices, and half of the soup mixture.

Make another layer of asparagus, eggs, and soup and top with Italian bread crumbs.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Makes 6 servings.

Storing asparagus
Storing asparagus | Source

Storing your asparagus

When you are looking to buy some fresh asparagus make sure you choose the ones that have closed tops, firm to the touch, and are bright green in color.

Asparagus will stay fresh in your refrigerator for about three to four days. First thing you need to do is trim about 1" of the stem off.

The best way to store them is upright in a container with their stems sitting in 1" of water resting in the bottom. Make sure you cover the top of the container loosely with plastic wrap or plastic bag.

If you don't have an upright container that will do, wrap the stems in wet paper towels and place is a plastic bag.

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

We used to pick wild asparagus when we were kids and loved it and still do. Thanks for the information and recipes. Up and useful votes + pinning to my vegetable board.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Although asparagus is not high on my list of favorite vegetables, KKGals, I must admit I may reconsider my indifference due to your interesting recipes. Promise.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Peggy W, thanks. Wild asparagus is great.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

drbj, I didn't know I liked asparagus until I was an adult. Growing up I had only had canned asparagus. There is a world of difference between canned and fresh.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I had no idea that asparagus was so beneficial. To be honest, i must admit that it is not my favorite, but the casserole sounds pretty good. I will try it. Thank you for sharing


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

You sure gave asparagus its true worth. This is one veggie that I don't mind eating raw.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Good one asparagus is one of my favorite foods, and sounds a wonder recipe.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

always exploring, neither did I until I started researching it. Asparagus is good if it's good right.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

aviannovice, believe it or not I have new tried it raw. I'll have to do that.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

DDE, thanks. Asparagus is always best when cooked fresh rather than canned.


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theluckywriter 3 years ago from Canada

Ah, I LOVE asparagus, especially when it's newly in season! Thanks for the recipes!


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Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

I love asparagus - especially fresh from the garden. Great recipes!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

theluckywriter, fresh is always the best. Thanks for reading.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Writer Fox, thanks for the comment.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

In our culture new mothers are feed with asparagus soup. People say it helps in lactation.

Your recipes are great.


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tebo 3 years ago from New Zealand

I love asparagus and its good to read how beneficial it is to our health. I enjoy eating it just boiled for a short time, but I do like the sound of your asparagus salad. Must try that one.


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BlissfulWriter 3 years ago

Asparagus is among the sulfur-rich foods. Not many people heard of sulfur-rich foods. But they play an important role in the body. I try to get more sulfur-rich foods in my diet (such as asparagus).

I wrote about the benefits of sulfur-rich foods: http://hubpages.com/health/Why-You-Should-Eat-Sulf...


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Vinaya Ghimire, that's an interesting fact. I hadn't heard it before. Thanks.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

tebo, you won't be sorry you tried the salad it is delicious.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

BlissfulWriter, I'm on my way to read your hub about sulfur-rich foods.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Thanks for all this good info. I love it raw and cooked in soup is OK but cooked to eat by itself not so much. Maybe I overcook it. lol Anyway thanks for sharing all that and I will be getting in some fresh to eat raw. ^


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 2 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Jackie Lynnley there's nothing worse than overcooked asparagus.


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for a look at the health benefits of this veggie and for the recipes. I needed something easy but different to make for a visit with friends and your asparagus with mushrooms is going to fit the bill perfectly!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 2 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

RTalloni you'll love the asparagus and mushrooms.


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I like asparagus because it adds variety to the veggie selection I eat. Actually, I ate an asparagus, green sliced olive and basil pesto with fettucine last night and it all went quite well together! Voted awesome.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 2 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Suzanne Day, your dinner last night sounds good. I just love fresh asparagus.


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vespawoolf 22 months ago from Peru, South America

I didn´t realize that asparagus contains inulin. So many health benefits! I really like the way the first recipe sounds, with the mustard vinaigrette. I hope to try it soon! Thanks!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 22 months ago from Sunny Florida Author

vespawoolf Until I started looking into it's healthy properties I didn't know some of it's goodness.


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Pawpawwrites 21 months ago from Kansas

I love it, and we actually had some today. I can't wait for ours to start sprouting in our garden in a couple of months.

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