Tuscan-Style Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus is in season now and can often be found on sale at most food stores (I found mine at Aldi). When I was a girl I hated asparagus, but I think it was either over-cooked (mushy) or under-cooked (chewy). This super easy recipe, taken from Taste of Home (Feb/March 2013 edition), earned the coveted 5 stars from my husband! As a side dish I added a bag of quinoa and kale, found in the frozen section at Aldi. It only takes 15-20 minutes to prepare plus another 15 – 20 to bake (30 – 40 minutes total) and serves 3-4 people as a main dish or up to 8 as a side dish.

Tuscan-style Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 Tbsp. pine nuts
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minded (1 tsp)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (omit for vegan)
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon peel (opt)

Instructions:

  1. Put asparagus, tomatoes and pine nuts on a foil-lined 15″ x 10″ x 1″ baking pan. Mix 2 Tbsp olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper; toss with asparagus.
  2. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes or until asparagus is just tender. Drizzle with remaining oil and lemon juice; sprinkle with cheese (if using) and lemon peel. Toss to combine. Serve with quinoa and kale mix (available frozen from Aldi’s – see below).

Nutritional Information: 95 calories, 8 grams fat (2 sat. fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 294 mg sodium, 4 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 3 grams protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.

Tuscan-Style Roasted Asparagus with quinoa & kale
Steamed Quinoa & Kale – from Aldi
Steamed Quinoa & Kale – from Aldi

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