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!

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Ingredients

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

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Directions

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.

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Notes

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!!!

I would love to hear from you!!