When asparagus in on sale, I always grab some, my kids love it, I love the roasted flavor and it’s so easy to make in the air fryer. So, I have been working on developing new and exciting, but most importantly easy asparagus recipes. Whether they are KETO, they are usually both unique asparagus recipes, but; they have to be quick asparagus recipes, and I am always making asparagus side dishes recipes because my family, all loves them. And, what is easier than one side dish everyone eats?
This is one of my kid’s favorite vegetables since they were toddlers. Since it’s packed with a ton of minerals, and it is a green vegetable, it’s hard to find a reason, not to pick them up at the grocery store, and they are in season, they are a bargain.
Asparagus is a great vegetable; it’s very versatile. The easiest way to prepare them without an air fryer is to blanch them and then toss them with some olive oil. One of the best flavors that go with asparagus is lemon, so if you buy a fresh lemon when you pick up your asparagus, be sure to try it.
There are a lot of health benefits to eating asparagus; they are:
- They are nutritious; they have a ton of vitamins, including fiber, folate, Vitamin, A, C, E, and K, it also contains chromium with helps glucose levels.
- They have shown it to help fight cancer as it has a compound that breaks down carcinogens.
- Asparagus is packed with antioxidants; it helps slow down the aging process and reduce inflammation.
- They have shown it to increase brain activity.
Here are some tips for selecting asparagus at the grocery store:
- The tops of the asparagus (called the buds) should be firm and not wilted.
- There should be no odor to the asparagus, once the asparagus has an odor, it means that it’s older.
- There are actually three types of asparagus, white, green and purple, all of them should be BRIGHT when you purchase them.
- Try to find asparagus, where the stalks are the same size, this means that they will cook at roughly the same time. The only difference between thick and thin asparagus is that thick is more mature than thin asparagus.
- Thick and thin asparagus will actually taste almost the same.
Asparagus doesn’t last long in the refrigerator, here are tips on getting the most of your asparagus,
- Trim the ends off the asparagus, only about an inch. But keep the rubber band on as it will be easier to store.
- Store the asparagus in a glass filled with water, just enough water so that your cut off edges are in the water.
- If you store the asparagus in a plastic bag, standing up in the water, it should last for about 4-6 days.
To Cut Asparagus To Use:
- Before you cook with asparagus, you need to cut the ends off.
- As my mother-in-law showed me, you hold the asparagus with your hand, your thumb will hold one end, and your ring finger will hold the other end, and then you snap them.
- The snap will cut off the ends from the fresh asparagus.
- It will naturally break, because one end (the woody end) is dead, and has no moisture, so no need to worry about cutting off too much, it will naturally cut.
Start by wrapping the bacon around 2-3 stalks of asparagus.
Set the temperature to 380 degrees F, (air fryer setting) for 9 minutes.
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This is a easy and tasty way to serve up asparagus, which is also KETO friendly.
- 1 pound asparagus
- 5–6 slices of bacon
- Start by wrapping the bacon around 2-3 stalks of asparagus.
- Set the temperature to 380 degrees F, (air fryer setting) for 9 minutes.
- Plate, serve and enjoy!
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