In early spring, one of the best produce sales you’ll find will be on asparagus. A luxurious ingredient with lots of uses, asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin K, folate, copper, selenium, vitamin B2, vitamin C, and vitamin E. The more you save on fresh produce, the more you can put towards keeping your budget intact and your credit card debt down. Asparagus can be used as a side dish, as an appetizer, and even a main dish. It is easy to prepare and can be used in stir fry, soups, or by itself. Here are some asparagus tips to make the most of your produce purchase.
Save Money With These Asparagus Tips
Some of the best asparagus tips come straight from good recipes. This is one of my favorite recipes for asparagus – it’s so simple and delicious. Keeping the asparagus intact with a method like roasting maintains the nutritional value as well. I prefer it topped with a poached egg or rich hollandaise to elevate its sophistication. You can also serve it as a side dish to pretty much any meat — this is a great side for the beginning of grill and BBQ season.
Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan and Lemon
1 bunch of asparagus
Block of parmesan cheese
1 lemon, halved
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400. Remove one piece of asparagus, and on the stalk end, break off the stalk. Use this piece as a measuring device for the other pieces of asparagus – wherever the stalk breaks, match up to the other pieces of asparagus and cut.
Line a baking sheet with foil, then place the asparagus on it. Drizzle with olive oil and toss until the asparagus is coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and squeeze half of the lemon over the asparagus. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes, until asparagus is tender but the tips are crisp.
Remove from the oven, squeeze the other lemon half over, and shave parmesan block over the asparagus. Serve warm.
One of my favorite asparagus tips involves storage. Asparagus dries up very easily in the fridge, so for storage, place the asparagus stalks down in a mug or glass, then add a few inches of water. This will keep the asparagus fresh for weeks in your fridge. Just be sure to change the water every few days!