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Raw Asparagus is Delicious!

20 Apr

Raw Asparagus from the Garden

I said in one of my previous posts that I don’t like to eat asparagus raw… I have to take that back! My friend Victoria and her husband gave us fresh asparagus from their garden. It was tender, sweet and almost creamy – so unlike the woodsy, fibrous ones I buy.

Cashew Dip

Raw Asparagus with Cashew Dip

Serve with this Easy Cashew Mayo or Dip

Puree all together:

1 lemon, juiced
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbspns extra virgin olive oil
2 tbspns water
1/2 cup raw cashew butter
1 1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
choice of herbs and spices, according to taste

An easy and healthy appetizer in 5 minutes! Gotta love that!

Enjoy!

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Asparagus with Balsamic Vinaigrette

6 Apr

Asparagus

 

One of the best things about spring… ASPARAGUS!  Asparagus is full of antioxidants and an excellent source of vitamin K, folate, vitamin C and A.  It also has significant amounts of vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, phosphorus, potassium, fiber, manganese, copper and protein.

We love asparagus at our house. Recently, after not having asparagus for a while, I served some for dinner.  We have a rule that everyone has to have greens at each meal, which isn’t so popular with my son all the time.  But after a few bites of Asparagus with Balasamic Vinaigrette, he exclaimed: “Mama, I didn’t know asparagus was so yummy!  I love this!” He ate a whole bowlful.

But like artichokes, my family and I (yes, even a die-hard raw foodie like myself) prefer the taste of artichokes and asparagus when slightly cooked.

Here is a very simple way to serve steamed asparagus:

Lightly steam for 5 – 10 minutes:

2 pounds asparagus, bottom inch or so trimmed where tough and stringy, cut into 1 inch pieces or keep whole

Dress with balsamic vinaigrette:

1/4 tsp black pepper

2 tsp sea salt, or to taste

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 tbpns balsamic vinegar

4 tbspns extra virgin olive oil

Serve warm or cold the next day.  Sprinkle with nutritional yeast, if desired.