Lunch Today: Asparagus and Baby Spinach Salad with Tahini Dressing

asparagusWe are still enjoying the asparagus harvest around here. In-season asparagus is definitely a favorite, plus it offers a low-calorie way to boost your diet with bone-strengthening vitamin K and folate, as well as fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, vitamins A, C, B and E, and the phytochemicals beta-carotene and chlorophyll. Combined with baby spinach (or any other tender green) and delicious tahini dressing makes this a perfect spring lunch, or a great side dish for dinner.

Although the dressing is a bit prep intensive, it can be made and ahead and stored in the fridge for up to a week. You can also use it on other foods as well! Continue reading “Lunch Today: Asparagus and Baby Spinach Salad with Tahini Dressing”

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Lunch Today: Spring Soup with Asparagus and Peas

asparagus soup aOther than maple syrup, asparagus and peas are some of my favorite springtime produce. Their bright green color and fresh mild flavors really start to make me feel like spring is here! Although nothing beats fresh peas right out of the pod or lightly steamed fresh asparagus, this spring soup may be a close second.

Asparagus is high in folate and prebiotics as well as vitamin K, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, vitamins A, C, B and E, and the phytochemicals beta-carotene and chlorophyll. Talk about a superfood! Continue reading “Lunch Today: Spring Soup with Asparagus and Peas”

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Lunch Today: Spring Salad with Asparagus, Edamame & Peas

asparagusI know I say I have a lot of favorites, but in-season asparagus is definitely one of them, too. Asparagus offers a low-calorie way to boost your diet with bone-strengthening vitamin K and folate, as well as fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, vitamins A, C, B and E, and the phytochemicals beta-carotene and chlorophyll.

Speaking of favorites, edamame is definitely tops on my kids’ lists. Edamame are immature green soybeans and are powerful bundles of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Lightly steamed with a bit of sea salt, they make an easy and fun snack.

The following recipe combines the above favorites and is such a tasty salad that it is hard to limit yourself to just one serving. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Spring Salad with Asparagus, Edamame & Peas”

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Dinner Tonight: Spring Asparagus

asparagusAlthough you can get asparagus all year round, there is no comparison to the taste of fresh, seasonal asparagus. For me it is one of the first signs of what spring and summer produce has to offer.

Asparagus is a nutrient dense powerhouse. It is low in calories, high in fiber, and provides over half of the RDA of vitamin K in each serving. It is also a rich source of vitamin A, the B vitamins (especially folate), and vitamin C. Last but not least, asparagus is an excellent source of numerous health-promoting antioxidants, including phenolics and flavonoids.

Although you can use asparagus in soups, stews, quiches and numerous other dishes, I prefer it as simple as possible… especially this time of year. This easy and very quick side is a perfect accompaniment to fish or chicken. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Spring Asparagus”

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