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Asparagus

June 16, 2010 11:55 am
posted by Lucy

Wednesday June 16th

Yesterday I bought a lovely bunch of asparagus. The asparagus season lasts about 4-6 week so my advice is - eat as much as you can now!!!!!!!!

Asparagus is a great prebiotic, which means its feeds the good gut bacteria - keeping your immune system in check. However, its also a good source or anti-oxidants, Vitamin K and C.

I generally steam asparagus for 3 - 5 minutes but you can boil them, grill them, bake them or stir fry them! the best way of preparing them is to give them a good wash, hold the asparagus in two hands and bend - where the asparagus snaps is where its starting to get a bit old. Use the heads for cooking.

Many people smother asparagus in butter and salt or eat it with hollandaise but for those who have issues with blood pressure or cholesterol, or are simply trying to cut back on their saturated fat intake, I've come up with some alternatives

A bunch of asparagus with any of the following:

  • A dash of lemon juice and freshly cracked pepper
  • Half a teaspoon soy Sauce (Tamari is gluten free) and finely chopped shallots
  • A dash  of extra virgin olive oil and crushed garlic
  • A teaspoon of balsamic with freshly cracked pepper

Just delicious...

All options are sugar free, dairy free and if you use Tamari (wheat and gluten free)

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