Asparagus Is Awesome

Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 9:04 AM CDT
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Spring has sprung....Easter weekend is around the corner....and asparagus is plentiful (and often “on sale”!). Hy-Vee registered dietitian, Nina Struss, RD, LDN, showcases the vegetable and all of its nutritional benefits. As she often does, Struss encourages that we eat the rainbow of veggies/fruits in terms of color which viewers get in the Roasted Asparagus recipe (which includes tomatoes).

Asparagus Is Awesome

  • Fiber and vitamin C – an antioxidant that helps support our immune system and aids in wound healing
  • Source of vitamin A, vitamin K and Folate.
  • Versatile vegetable that can be used in many dishes, including as a side dish, in soups, in casseroles or hot dishes, stir-fry or even on your pizza!

Italian Roasted Asparagus Serves 4

  • 6 tsp Gustare Vita basil-flavored oil, divided
  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • Hy-Vee Mediterranean sea salt, to taste
  • Hy-Vee Malabar black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup quartered multicolored cherry tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup plus ½ cup Hy-Vee finely shredded Italian cheese, divided
  • Gustare Vita balsamic glaze
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking pan with foil. Lightly spray with nonstick spray; set aside.

2. Toss asparagus with 4 teaspoons oil; place in single layer on prepared pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from oven. Preheat broiler.

3. Meanwhile, toss tomatoes with remaining 2 teaspoons oil and ⅓ cup cheese.

4. Transfer asparagus to a broiler-safe baking dish. Top with remaining ½ cup cheese, then tomato-cheese mixture. Broil 5 to 6 inches from heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is slightly melted. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. Garnish with basil leaves, if desired.

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