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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sesame Roasted Asparagus

For Easter dinner we had roasted asparagus and it was so yummy -- I was reminded that it's one of my favorite vegetables. I don't buy it most of the year because it's so pricey. But, this time of year, you can often find it for a good price. If you've never had asparagus roasted, try it -- it's a winner. And asparagus is a nutrition winner too. According to the Michigan Asparagus Board, asparagus is:
  • Low in calories, only 20 per 5.3 oz. serving, less than 4 calories per spear.
  • Contains no fat or cholesterol.
  • Very low in sodium.
  • A good source of potassium.
  • An excellent source of folacin.
  • A significant source of thiamin.
  • A significant source of vitamin B6.
  • One of the richest sources of rutin, a compound which strengthens capillary walls.

Sesame Roasted Asparagus

1½ lbs. asparagus
2 T. olive oil
1½ t. sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Trim ends from asparagus and cut into 2-inch lengths.
Place asparagus in roasting pan; drizzle with olive oil and season with salt.
Toss. Spread evenly in pan.
Roast 10 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time.
Add sesame seeds and continue roasting five minutes.


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