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#1 kidsrock

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:30 AM

I know Asparagus is good for you and we are trying to start eating more healthy. I remember people on here talking about different spices that they used when cooking asparagus, and it tasted good. I can't find that post. So please feel free to give me some recipes if you eat asparagus......
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:35 AM

I don't like soggy asparagus. You can do this asparagus, green beans, etc. I toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper and whatever kind of herbs you like, italian, etc and roast them on a cookie sheet in the oven. You will have to turn them once or so while they are cooking and they are done when you can cut them with a fork.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:39 AM

I steam mine. I use a regular frying pan. I put about half a cup of water in and bring it to a boil. I add in the asparagus and seasonings. I let it simmer until the water evaporates. Usually takes about 5 minutes. I usually use salt, pepper, garlic for seasonings smile.gif
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:41 AM

My SIL grills it. My daughter, who is a very picky eater, actually says it's good! tongue.gif

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:44 AM

QUOTE (elliesgranny @ Jul 27 2009, 12:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My SIL grills it. My daughter, who is a very picky eater, actually says it's good! tongue.gif



What kind of seasonings does she put on it?

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:48 AM

Toss in olive oil (good olive oil - not the cheap stuff), minced garlic and Lawry's seasoning salt. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 until just slightly tender (you want it to have a little crunch when you bite into it). You can also put it on the grill and do the same thing. YUMMY!
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:50 AM

Put it in foil with butter, salt, and pepper and grill it.

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Chop it up and bake it with potato slices, cheese, cream of Mushroom soup, and ham cubes.


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Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:56 AM

QUOTE (kidsrock @ Jul 27 2009, 11:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What kind of seasonings does she put on it?



Olive oil and grillmates seasoning for vegetables.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 11:59 AM

I use the grill when we are cooking out, but most often I kind of stir fry it. Use real butter (maybe a tablespoon), salt, garlic and just stir it around in a hot skillet.
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:04 PM

QUOTE (kidsrock @ Jul 27 2009, 12:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know Asparagus is good for you and we are trying to start eating more healthy. I remember people on here talking about different spices that they used when cooking asparagus, and it tasted good. I can't find that post. So please feel free to give me some recipes if you eat asparagus......

steam in microwave until tender, not long. Cool and then marinate in Italian dressing.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:10 PM

QUOTE (winston1972 @ Jul 27 2009, 12:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't like soggy asparagus. You can do this asparagus, green beans, etc. I toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper and whatever kind of herbs you like, italian, etc and roast them on a cookie sheet in the oven. You will have to turn them once or so while they are cooking and they are done when you can cut them with a fork.


I season it the same, but stir fry it in a frying pan- sometimes I'll throw in a dash of balsamic vinegar at the end!
When you get the asparagus- make sure you cut the woody ends off- the thicker the stalk, the higher the woody part goes.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:12 PM

That is one the things I have never been able to eat..
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:17 PM

QUOTE (*~AJ~* @ Jul 27 2009, 11:50 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Put it in foil with butter, salt, and pepper and grill it.

or

Chop it up and bake it with potato slices, cheese, cream of Mushroom soup, and ham cubes.


Now that sounds "healthy"! laugh.gif

(Sounds good, I'd eat it biggrin.gif )




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Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:19 PM

Stir fry in olive oil or grill. Ginger works great with asparagus. Lemon or lime juice, a little garlic, a little kosher salt, cracker black pepper and ginger.
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:22 PM

There is no way to cook that stuff that makes it good. <pukes>

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:24 PM

QUOTE (Lady Raider @ Jul 27 2009, 12:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That is one the things I have never been able to eat..


laugh.gif Nor have I. I always thought it was a northern thang...

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:25 PM

I steam mine in a Black & Decker electric steamer with minced garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. smile.gif
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:34 PM

QUOTE (MeWhoElse @ Jul 27 2009, 12:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
laugh.gif Nor have I. I always thought it was a northern thang...


Not at this Yankee's house. laugh.gif

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:40 PM

QUOTE (MotorCity MadMan @ Jul 27 2009, 12:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not at this Yankee's house. laugh.gif

Not at this Yankee's house either! I immediately thought, "There is NOTHING you can do to make that stuff taste good!" BLECH!!!!

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 12:56 PM

QUOTE (juleebella @ Jul 27 2009, 12:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Now that sounds "healthy"! laugh.gif

(Sounds good, I'd eat it biggrin.gif )



Why not? There are like 4 food groups there! laugh.gif


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Posted 27 July 2009 - 01:08 PM

Fry it in bacon grease. tongue.gif

I like asparagus... I've cooked it in olive oil, garlic, salt, thrown on some lemon pepper, and bacon bits.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 01:40 PM

sprinkle a little oil on, garlic and grill. YUM YUM

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 02:11 PM

Depending on the diameter, and how tender. If thick, we like to skewer them stacked like a raft. Season them with good olive oil, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, a little squeeze of lemon juice and maybe some white wine. Grill till starting to darken, basting often.

Quick and simple is the same seasonings, in a microwave bowl or other suitable container, cover with plastic wrap, and nuke for 30 to 45 seconds at a time till just "Al-Dente". Some fresh Hollandaise goes along with them nicely.

Leftover asparagus I like to use in frittattas, or souffles, placing the tender tips on top like the spokes of a wheel. Goat cheese, parmesian, ham, bacon, all go well with the asparagus.

Broken into pieces, blanched, and stif fried with garlic, mushrooms, and onion is nice.


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Posted 27 July 2009 - 03:15 PM

QUOTE (LisaC @ Jul 27 2009, 12:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Toss in olive oil (good olive oil - not the cheap stuff), minced garlic and Lawry's seasoning salt. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 until just slightly tender (you want it to have a little crunch when you bite into it). You can also put it on the grill and do the same thing. YUMMY!


Thanks for the tip! I'm going to try this tonight!

QUOTE (MeWhoElse @ Jul 27 2009, 01:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
laugh.gif Nor have I. I always thought it was a northern thang...


I srsly have been eating asparagus since my parents introduced it to me (jr. high school?) I have loved it ever since! MMMMMmmmmmMMMMM! Oh and we're from the southwest. laugh.gif

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 03:51 PM

I am going to cook some tonight....I will let you all know if it was a GO or not....with the family.....My 7 year old daughter loves brussell sprouts (baby cabbage as we call it) so she might like the asparagus...
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QUOTE (kidsrock @ Jul 27 2009, 04:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am going to cook some tonight....I will let you all know if it was a GO or not....with the family.....My 7 year old daughter loves brussell sprouts (baby cabbage as we call it) so she might like the asparagus...


I loved brussell sprouts as a kid too. wink.gif

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 03:55 PM

It is also good cold right from the can.
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 04:03 PM

I make a recipe with bowtie pasta, cream of mushroom soup, mushrooms, and walnuts and asparagus that is yummy.

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 05:17 PM

QUOTE (LisaC @ Jul 27 2009, 12:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Toss in olive oil (good olive oil - not the cheap stuff), minced garlic and Lawry's seasoning salt. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 until just slightly tender (you want it to have a little crunch when you bite into it). You can also put it on the grill and do the same thing. YUMMY!

This is how I do it....I buy the thicker stalks...and eat them instead of french fries...
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Posted 27 July 2009 - 05:53 PM

I steam mine for 3-5 minutes, until you can prick it with a fork but it's not droopy. Then I saute it fast in a little bit of butter and salt. My boys (6 and 2) love it!

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 06:36 PM

QUOTE (nana of 7 @ Jul 27 2009, 04:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It is also good cold right from the can.



Yup, that's how I eat the canned type too .. YUMMY biggrin.gif
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 01:11 AM

Steam it in the microwave and then a few more minutes add a tad of butter and lemon pepper...

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 06:49 AM

My dad just blanches it - boils it to where it is still a bit crunchy (this way it holds its nutrients) and seasons it with olive oil, lemon, and italian dressing. The lemon tangy flavor is so good on it.

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 07:36 AM

I am a Southerner who hates grits!! LOL!! But I love asparagus--I read in a women's magazine that gently bending them at the end will cause the stalk to snap at the tender spot--too easy!!! Thanks for the tips--we usually grill it but I am going to try to the stir fry--

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Posted 28 July 2009 - 07:59 AM

cant stand it crunchy...we steam the heck out of it and then use butter and ms. dash seasonings. (different varieties) also smother in cheese like we do brussels. These are both acquired tastes....i didnt like either till about 5 or 6 yrs ago...tomatoes just slliced and eat either. Funny how tastes change as we age.
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 08:05 AM

I like it raw (but it has to be the skinny, tender kind). It is great on a vegetable tray with some dip.




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