Why are asparagus stalks never lonely? Because they come in bunches! All jokes aside, now is a great time to add asparagus to your menu plan. It is considered a spring vegetable and may be available at your local grocery store or farmers market. Asparagus is known as a nutrient powerhouse. It is low in calories, high in Vitamin A and K, and tastes delicious.
Asparagus can be paired with almost anything. It adds a crunch to a salad, flavor to frittatas, and is the perfect grilled side dish for your summer barbecue. Check out these Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Asparagus from fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.
Look below for links to the recipes mentioned, plus a few of my favorites.
Fettuccine with Fresh Vegetables
Asparagus with Mustard Vinaigrette
Asparagus with Tomato Vinaigrette
If cooking with asparagus is new for you, click here to find the best way to select, store, and prepare asparagus. I had some leftover orzo in my pantry so I decided to give Lemon Orzo with Asparagus a try.Orzo is a kind of pasta shaped more like rice. If you don’t have orzo on hand, substitute rice or another grain. Lemon gives this recipe a nice fresh taste. The asparagus, tomatoes, and green onions give you a serving of vegetables.Prepare it as a vegetarian dish, or add chicken or steak for a serving of lean protein. Enjoy!