ASPARAGUS W PARMESAN, GARLIC AND BALSAMIC
- 2 bunches of Asparagus
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- coarse salt & black pepper
- balsamic glaze
- parmesane shavings
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius. Grab 2 rimmed baking sheets and line them with baking paper.
To prepare the asparagus, trim away the woody ends off the base, about 2 inches.
Add the asparagus, olive oil and garlic to a large bowl. Toss well to coat.
Divide the asparagus between the two baking sheets and spread them out in one single layer. Season with salt and pepper.
Bake for about 7-10 minutes or until almost cooked through. They will continue to cook once removed from the heat.
To serve, drizzle with balsamic glaze and parmesan cheese shavings.
The amazing health benefits of Asparagus | In ancient times, asparagus was renowned as an aphrodisiac. Regardless of its powers to put you in the mood, this succulent, savory vegetable contains a stimulating blend of nutrients, making this member of the lily family a fantastic food for your health.
High in vitamin K and folate, asparagus is extremely well balanced, even among nutrient-rich vegetables. “Asparagus is high in anti-inflammatory nutrients as well as provides a wide variety of antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and the minerals zinc, manganese and selenium,” said San Diego-based nutritionist Laura Flores.
Furthermore, the vegetable contains the amino acid asparagine, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that helps insulin do its job transporting glucose. It’s also especially rich in glutathione, a detoxifying compound that can help destroy carcinogens. For this reason, asparagus may help fight or protect against certain cancers, including bone, breast, lung and colon cancers.