The weather has cooled a bit in the past few days, but there’s NO WAY we’re putting the grill away just yet. Perhaps when there’s a foot or two of snow on the ground or a tsunami. And these asparagus are a good reason to keep it out. They take about five minutes to make, taste amazing and are a great, healthy side dish to a grilled steak or piece of salmon. And the leftovers can be tossed in a frittata in the morning or brought to work for a snack.
Asparagus are also a superfood, loaded with nutrients. They’re one of the best natural sources of folate; are high in vitamins A, C, E, K and B6; low in fat and calories; and high in fiber. Supposedly, they’re also an aphrodisiac, but we’ll keep hush on that one.
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 5 mins | Servings: 4-6
1 pound asparagus, tough ends trimmed off
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Juice of 1/4 lemon
1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
2.In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Pour over asparagus and mix to coat evenly.
3.Put asparagus on the grill. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
4.Turn over asparagus and grill for 1-2 minutes more. You want to brown and heat the asparagus, but not decimate them into soggy messes.
5.Spritz with the lemon juice and enjoy!