Asparagus - Delicious and Healthy
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.
It takes three years to grow asparagus from seed to harvest.
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
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.
Asparagus and Mushrooms
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
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.
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
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.
It’s been said that Queen Nefertiti proclaimed asparagus to be the food of the Gods.
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.
- Healthy Asparagus Soup Recipe
Spring means asparagus! Most creamy asparagus soup recipes are overly rich, but this soup has creaminess without cream and butter. Light, lemony, and fresh, it is perfect for spring.
- How to Cook Asparagus
It's very easy to learn how to cook asparagus. My favorite method is roasting asparagus, which takes about 10 to 15 minutes, but you can also steam asparagus or toss it on the grille. Check out some of these ideas to cook your own asparagus.
- How To Plant and Grow Wild Asparagus
How to plant wild asparagus. First you have to find it in the hedgerows.
- Asparagus Tofu Stir-Fry Recipe
If you are a fan of asparagus, you will love this simple but flavorful recipe using a savory marinade and brown garlic sauce.
Hippocrates, the ancient Greek doctor, used asparagus to treat diarrhea
and pains of the urethra.
© 2013 Susan Hazelton