I really love asparagus. For years, the green stalky vegetable scared me. Someone told me once that it tasted like celery and the thought of warm celery was gross. Please note: asparagus does NOT taste like celery. But asparagus does pack quite a nutritional punch. Asparagus is rich in Vitamins A, B, C, and K along with folate and fiber. In addition, one cup of asparagus can provide nearly 5 grams of protein. Add the white beans and this dish can be a great main dish to add to your vegetarian meal plans!
1 bunch asparagus, washed, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove minced
1 can of white beans (Great Northern, Cannelini) rinsed
Salt and Pepper to taste
Boil small amount of water and add asparagus. Cook for approximately 5 minutes
In a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat
Add garlic and onions. Sauté until soft, stirring frequently
Add white beans to the pan. Sauté for several minutes- gives some texture to the beans!!
Add blanched asparagus and sauté for 3-5 minutes.
Boiling the asparagus for several minutes will help to soften this fiber dense veggie!
The addition of kale or spinach to this dish would be amazing.
I served this dish with a simple sliced turkey breast.
Try it out and let me know what you think!!!