Oven-Baked Asparagus Three Ways

Asparagus is one of my favourite veggies for so many reasons. Not only is it packed full of many essential vitamins and minerals and a great source of filling fiber, it also has an uncanny ability to pair well with a seemingly endless number of flavour combinations. These quick and easy recipes below are a perfect example of this versatility. No matter what food mood you’re in, asparagus can work for you!

These recipes also offer a great way to squeeze veggies into our busy schedules. Finding time for a well-rounded meal that the whole family will enjoy can be tough to do when you’re juggling work, school, extra-curricular activities, and more. Offering a variety of flavours means you can easily cater to personal preferences while still using just one baking dish. And what’s easier than a wash and toss recipe like this?! Wash and snap the asparagus, toss in the wet ingredients, and follow up with the dry. Give another toss, spread on the baking dish, then pop in the oven. Serve alongside a whole grain and a lean protein and voilà! Dinner is ready.

Give these combos a try and let us know what your favourite is.

From left to right: Lemony Goodness, Garlic & Ginger, Chili Lime

From left to right: Lemony Goodness, Garlic & Ginger, Chili Lime

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 5-8 minutes

Serves: 2-4

Flavour Combination Options

Lemony Goodness

1/3 bunch asparagus

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon olive oil

½ teaspoon black pepper

¼ teaspoon salt

Chili Lime

1/3 bunch asparagus

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you like it real spicy!)

2 teaspoons lime juice

1 teaspoon chili powder

Garlic & Ginger

1/3 bunch asparagus

1 teaspoon sesame oil

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon dried ginger

Pinch of sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400⁰F.

  2. Prep the asparagus: wash & snap off the ends.

  3. Choose your favourite flavours.

  4. Toss the asparagus with the liquid ingredients, followed by the dry.

  5. Spread prepared asparagus stalks evenly on a baking sheet (you can like the sheet with parchment paper for quicker cleanup).

  6. If using fresh lemon & limes, cut a few slices off and lay them on top of the asparagus for an extra punch of flavour and stunning presentation.

  7. Pop in the oven and bake for 5-8 minutes, watching closely.

  8. Serve alongside a whole grain and lean protein for the perfect weeknight meal.

  9. Enjoy!

Recipe created by Alex Chesney, RD

Freshened-up Potato Salad

Potato salad is a staple during the summer months, but has a reputation for being loaded with mayo. I was determined to come up with a fresh, lighter version that still maintained the delicious flavour and creaminess we all love. Check out my take on this classic, using lots of herbs, Greek yogurt, and some extra veggies. It will be the star of the show at your next barbecue!

Ingredients: 
1 quart red potatoes (1.5lbs), washed well, cut into equal bite-sized pieces (If potatoes are mixed sizes, cut larger, leave smaller ones whole)
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon basil
¼ tsp oregano
¼ tsp paprika
¼ tsp garlic powder

Dressing Ingredients:
½ cup Greek yogurt
1 tbsp mayonnaise
Herbs: basil, oregano, onion flakes, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper – a pinch of each
1 tsp honey Dijon mustard
¾ cup other veggies (ie. red pepper, carrots, celery) – leave them raw to give the salad some crunch & texture

Directions:
Add potatoes to a medium sized pot and cover with water. Season the water with ½ tsp salt (potatoes will absorb more flavour while cooking vs. after!) Bring the water to a boil and cook potatoes for 8-10 minutes, until you can easily poke with a fork. Drain the potatoes then spread out on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with vinegar and spices (basil, oregano, paprika, garlic powder) and allow the potatoes to cool completely.


To make the dressing, whisk together the Greek yogurt, mayo, mustard and spices.


Once the potatoes are cool, gently toss with the other veggies and add the dressing. Mix gently to coat evenly. At this point, the salad can be served, or refrigerated overnight. Allowing it to sit will help the flavour profiles develop more fully.

Recipe created by Alex Chesney, RD