Asparagus is loaded with heart-healthy folate, as well as vitamins A, C and E. It’s also rich in potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure.
Select bright green stalks, then trim the ends and stand in a glass of water, covered in plastic, to maintain freshness. Asparagus is delicious raw, steamed, grilled or roasted. Try this simple, low-calorie recipe for delicious flavor.
Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes
1 pound asparagus, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
Cook asparagus in boiling water 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and garlic; cook 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar; cook 3 minutes. Stir in salt. Arrange asparagus on a platter; top with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and pepper.
Yield: 4 servings