Thursday, August 7, 2008

Pan Roasted Asparagus

I was talking to a friend the other day who mentioned I should post about some very easy, inexpensive meal options. Similar to the whole 'A Man, A Can, A Plan' thing, only healthy, and not lame. I think this asparagus qualifies under that category, and hopefully he'll be a cool human being and make this. Save your arteries dude, save your arteries.

Asparagus is a low calorie food and contains no fat or cholesterol. It's high in folic acid(may help lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer) and potassium ( an electrolyte helpful for maintaining a health nervous system and muscle function). It's also very tasty.

You should eat it.


And don't boil it to death, blech.

Pan Roasted Asparagus

1 bunch (1-1.5 lbs) asparagus
1 tablespoon butter
sea salt and cracked pepper

1. Wash off any dirt or sand left on the asparagus, pat it with a paper towel to dry. Grip the asparagus, one end in each hand, and bend the ends toward each other in a downward motion. The asparagus will break right where it needs to, snapping off the woody bottom portion of the stem. Discard the ends. (or save it for stock, whatever)

2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 10 minutes, turning every few minutes to cook evenly. When asparagus is bright green and browned in spots remove from skillet. Serve immediately.


cookiecrumb said...

This is the ONLY was to cook asparagus. I learned it from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle last year, and it's perfection.

Sweet Bird said...

cookiecrumb - Oh yes. I can't stand it when people boil it to death. Drives me crazy.