A+ For Asparagus

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A+ For Asparagus

Like onions and leeks, asparagus is actually a member of the lily family.

It’s been prized as a delicacy since Greek and Roman times and is a good source of vitamin A.

Asparagus’ peak season is in spring and early summer; look for apple green stalks with tightly closed tips that are purplish to dark green.

For the most tenderness, cook asparagus the day you buy it or store it for a maximum of 4 days in the refrigerator.

Recipe of the Day:  Portobellos And Asparagus

Makes 4 (1/2-cup) servings

2 teaspoons olive oil

3 cups sliced portobello mushrooms (about 2 large portobellos, stems and black gills removed)

2 tablespoons chopped shallots

3 cups 1-1/2-inch asparagus pieces, from about 1 pound (see note)

1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce

3 (1/2-ounce) slices nitrite-free turkey (or pork) bacon, cooked until crisp, drained well, and crumbled

1 tablespoon grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.

In a nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.

Add the mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes, or until they just start to soften and release their liquid.

Add the shallots and cook for another minute.

Add the asparagus and cook for 3 minutes longer, or until the asparagus is just crisp-tender.

Drizzle the soy sauce over the veggies and sprinkle with the bacon crumbles and cheese.

Toss well and serve hot.

Note:  Instead of asparagus, you can substitute 1 (9-ounce) bag (12 cups) fresh spinach.

Add to the mushrooms and cover for a few minutes until wilted.

Stir well and add the remaining ingredients.

Per serving:  60 calories, 1 g total fat (<1 g saturated), 20 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 7 g total carbohydrates (2 g sugars), 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.

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