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Simple Roasted Asparagus

Simple Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus is one of the favorite foods of spring, and roasting is such a quick and tasty way to prepare it.

Here are two terrific variations on couldn’t-be-simpler roasted asparagus: a Mediterranean version, and an Asian-inspired one. Either way, the results are so tender and tasty, they’ll add great pleasure to your springtime meals.

Mediterranean Roasted Asparagus
2 pounds thin asparagus, tough ends snapped off
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)

Asian-Style Roasted Asparagus
2 pounds thin asparagus, tough ends snapped off
1 tablespoon peanut oil
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted in a skillet over medium heat until lightly browned, 2-4 minutes
1 tablespoon sesame oil

1. Preheat oven to 450F. You may either cut the asparagus in 2-inch pieces or leave whole. Drizzle with olive oil for Mediterranean version, or with peanut oil for Asian style, season with salt and pepper, toss gently to coat, and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet.

2. Roast the asparagus until just tender, around 6 to 8 minutes.

3. Place asparagus pieces in bowl or arrange spears on serving platter, and sprinkle with crumbled feta, if using, or with sesame seeds and sesame oil, if making Asian version. Serve hot.

Serves 4.

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By Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen (Inner Traditions, 2001).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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5:59AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

3:30AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

I can't wait to try these!!!

7:50AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Both sound wonderful! Have asparagus on my next shopping list, and it's great to find so many different ways to use it.

2:40AM PST on Jan 25, 2013


1:55AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Thank you :)

12:02PM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Love Asparagus any way I can get it!

6:30AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012


2:47PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

tis the season, too

4:43PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Time to go pick up some asparagus

10:48AM PDT on May 16, 2012

Both sound delicious!!!

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