Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Roasted Asparagus with Grated Parmesan

I'm a girl that can't resist a deal, so when I saw a "Buy One, Get One Free" offer on asparagus the other day, I just had to cash in.  We don't eat asparagus very often, because I have kids, and moms know it's challenging to get our kiddos to eat vegetables, let alone veggies like asparagus.  Even though it was a great deal for our bottom line, I knew it would be a hard sell on everyone ages 18 and younger.  Fortunately, 2 out of my 3 kids ate it without complaining - so to me, that equals success.  It actually has encouraged me to keep trying.  While I truly thought that most of the kids would dislike it, Camrie and Susie loved it (she is not a fan of asparagus), but Cole ate only one out of courtesy to me.  I will continue to work on him :-)

Remember, not everyone at the table will LOVE what you cook, but if the kids see you modeling how important vegetables are, sooner or later it will kick in.  I am sticking to this philosophy!

This recipe is a great one, and I am posting it anyway - even if there was 1 person who wasn't a fan!

Roasted Asparagus with Grated Parmesan
2 bunches of asparagus, trimmed
Grated Cheese - desired amount (I didn't measure, but I think I used about a 1/4 C)
Olive Oil
Salt (I like Kosher)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Hold an asparagus spear, and bend the bottom until the rough woody section snaps off.  Use that spear as a guide to line up the rest of the asparagus and use a knife to chop off the rest. 
Place asparagus in a 9x13 baking dish, coat with olive oil (I like to use quite a bit) and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.  Roast until tender - about 15 minutes. 

Enjoy and live life with gusto!

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