Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, but because I didn’t celebrate due to an unfair influx of assignments and midterms, I’ll celebrate with our American neighbours in about a month. Thanksgiving is creeping up, and I think half the fun is setting the beautiful table with the main event; turkey, surrounded by my personal favourite part; the side dishes.
They are the secondary stars; sides, are more important than we know. You can include everything from mashed potatoes to cranberry stuffing. It’s true, no Thanksgiving table is complete without them. I don’t know about you, but I love being spoiled for choice. This garlic and spice roasted asparagus is just another simple, fun, fast recipe that will add more colour, more choice, and a great option for those of us trying to keep it conservative with the feasting. It pairs particularly well with poultry, making it perfect for Thanksgiving. (Gobble, gobble!)
I love asparagus because it’s healthy, tasty, and has a unique flavour. Oh boy, it’s pretty expensive up here in Canada, so I grab it whenever it’s on sale! What’s the big hub-bub about asparagus, anyways?
Well, asparagus is an excellent source of fiber (and doesn’t taste like cardboard!), and contains a healthy dose of vitamin A, C, E, and especially K.
Fun fact: asparagus actually belongs to the lily family. While there are hundreds of of varities of asparagus, only 20 are actually edible! Here‘s some addition information about cooking, preparing, and eating asparagus!
- 1 bundle of asparagus
- cooking spray (I used Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Cooking Spray)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon grated parmesan
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
- Spray aluminum lined pan with cooking spray
- Wash asparagus and chop off unruly bits and edges and spread out onto baking sheet sprinkle/drizzle remainder of ingredients onto the pan and toss asparagus with tongs to coat evenly
- Bake for 5-7 minutes