This month, Ontario-grown asparagus rolls into its peak season! This delicious green vegetable is not only a great addition to any meal, but it is packed with some amazing health benefits.
Weight loss – asparagus is a low-calorie vegetable that is easy to incorporate into meals.
High in antioxidants – asparagus is high in multiple antioxidants, including Vitamin C, A, E and K, which all contribute to development and protection of our immune systems.
Contains folate – folate is a B vitamin that is essential for growth and DNA production, which makes it extremely important during pregnancy as well as child development.
High in other B vitamins – asparagus also contains many other B vitamins that are vital in reducing stress, providing energy, and improving circulation.
Try some asparagus-forward recipes that are real crowd pleasers:
GARLIC PARMESAN ASPARAGUS:
Take a bundle of organic asparagus and break off the bottoms. In a pan on medium heat, add 1-2 tbsp. butter and 1 clove of organic garlic finely chopped for 3 minutes or until garlic starts to brown. Add asparagus into pan and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until bright green. Add shredded parmesan cheese and serve as a side to any meal!
Asparagus and Farro Bowl:
In a pot, add 2 cups of water and 1 cup of farro grains. Bring water to a boil, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes or until farro is fully cooked.
In a pan on medium heat, add chopped organic asparagus (3-4 stalks), 1 organic garlic clove finely chopped, 1/3 C chopped organic red onion, 1 handful of chopped organic Brussels sprouts, 1 tbsp. butter, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
Mix cooked vegetables and farro together in a bowl, and top with organic green peas and feta cheese. Enjoy as a light Spring lunch!