Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Seasonal Spotlight: Asparagus for Springtime


Even though the official start of spring is still two weeks away, it already feels like spring is in the air. To celebrate, we're cooking with fresh spring ingredients like asparagus. We love asparagus- it's tasty, healthy and versatile. Plus, it can be used in nearly every course from breakfast to lunch to dinner. Feel free to experiment with different asparagus preparations- we've had tasty dishes where it's grilled, stir-fried, steamed and even bacon-wrapped.

On the health front, check out these great stats: Asparagus is low in calories and sodium. It's a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Plus, it's high in dietary fiber, protein and vitamins A, C, E and K. It even has chromium, a trace mineral that improves the delivery of glucose into cells.

For an amazing array of asparagus recipes, use the FoodPair Recipe Search Engine to do an ingredient search for asparagus and then customize away using our filters for course, diet, number of ingredients and more. Share your favorite recipes in the comments!


Asparagus Frittata
This is a great way to add asparagus to your brunch menu.
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Egg, Asparagus, Onion, Salt, Gruyere cheese


Asparagus with Poached Eggs & Hollandaise Sauce
Try this (slightly) lighter version of Eggs Benedict.
Ingredients: Egg, Asparagus, Butter, Lemon Juice, Tarragon, Cayenne Pepper, White Pepper, Baguette


Asparagus Soup with Parmesan Custards
This soup is elegant and delicious.
Ingredients: Egg, Shallot, Asparagus, Leek, Heavy Cream, Salt, Black Pepper, Milk, White Pepper, Chicken Broth


Asparagus, Beet & Goat Cheese Salad
Here's a salad loaded with hearty and healthy vegetables.
Ingredients: Goat Cheese, Olive Oil, Shallot, Asparagus, Lemon Juice, Beet, Parsley, Chive, Chervil, Salt, Orange Juice


Spring Vegetable Tart
Welcome spring with this fantastic tart.
Ingredients: Egg, Asparagus, Leek, Salt, Milk, Fontina cheese, Puff Pastry Dough



Now get out there and start enjoying the spring weather and food!

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