Friday, March 4, 2016

Meat-free Friday -- All things asparagus!

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It’s almost asparagus season (photo from!  I love asparagus!  I guess that's my German heritage showing through -- Germans LOVE their asparagus.  They grow white asparagus and have springtime festivals celebrating asparagus.  Germans love asparagus so much, that there's enough information to make a 5 minute video about asparagus:

My favorite way to prepare asparagus is very simple.  First I wash the asparagus, use a potato peeler to peel the stems a little, and snap off the hard ends.  I then place the asparagus on a baking sheet, spray with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and broil at about 450 degrees for about 15 minutes – delicious!

Feeling a little more ambitious?  Then try this recipe for Lemony Vegetable Risotto that I’ve adapted from Family Circle (July 2012):


  • 32 oz. vegetable broth
  • 1 bag frozen asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces (or the equivalent of fresh asparagus)
  • 1 bag frozen peas (or the equivalent of fresh peas)
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 tblsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup diced shallots
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3 tblsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt

1)  Boil the broth and 1/2 cup water.  Add asparagus and peas for about 3 minutes.  Remove veggies with a slotted spoon and set aside, but keep the water/broth.
2)  Heat oil and butter in a large pan, and add shallots, cooking for about 2 minutes.  Stir in the rice and cook for another minute.  Pour in wine and cook until the liquid is almost gone.  
3)  To the rice mixture, add 1/2 cup of the reserved water/broth, stirring well, and cook until the broth is almost gone.  Repeat this step with additional 1/2 cups of water/broth until the rice is tender (it will probably take about 25 minutes).
4)  Stir in lemon juice, parmesan, peas and asparagus.  Enjoy immediately!

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