10 Fresh Recipes Starring Asparagus

Article posted in: Diet & Nutrition
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There’s something about asparagus that makes a meal feel special. Maybe it’s because it’s such a classic side at fancy steakhouses, or maybe it’s just the intricate look of the tips of each spear. No matter the reason, a side of asparagus can turn a simple dinner into an occasion. We’ve compiled six diet-friendly asparagus recipes so that you can make any plate extra special (and healthy)!

This fancy green veggie isn’t a splurge for your Nutrisystem weight loss plan. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 10 asparagus spears have just 40 calories and almost as much protein as an egg. Don’t wait for a special occasion and pile some asparagus onto your plate. With these tasty asparagus recipes, you’ll never run out of ideas featuring these super spears.

Here are six fresh recipes featuring asparagus:

1. Asparagus Egg Toast

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With asparagus, avocado and a poached egg, this toast feels like fancy breakfast fare from a high-end buffet. But don’t be fooled! It’s a cinch to make for an at-home weekend brunch that you and your family will love. Pop your bread in the toaster while grilling asparagus in a pan for about four minutes. Meanwhile, poach an egg in water for that runny yolk that coats all the other ingredients with deliciousness. Mash some avocado on the toast and pile on the veggies and egg. You’ve got a decadent breakfast worthy of a chef’s table, all for 228 calories.

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2. Asparagus Caprese Salad

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Caprese salad is already a colorful way to add a side that’s bursting with flavor and creaminess. Give it a little more oomph: Add in some two-inch pieces of lightly boiled asparagus for an extra kick of green that makes this side even more substantial. Ready in just minutes, this side is a fast, fresh way to add some veggies to every meal. At just 138 tiny calories per serving, it’s as friendly for your weight loss plan as it is for your taste buds.

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3. Grilled Asparagus Caesar Salad

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When you’re losing weight, salads are a no-brainer. They’re low in calories, high in fiber and full of nutrition that your body needs to stay energized and healthy. However, they can also get boring. Here’s one solution: Swap out the lettuce for another unlimited green—asparagus! This salad uses grilled asparagus in place of romaine and adds in everything else you love about Caesar salad. Parmesan cheese, croutons and an easy-to-make, creamy Caesar dressing that features protein from nonfat Greek yogurt. It’s a fun, filling way to change up your salad game and still stay on plan.

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4. Shrimp Pasta with Garlic Asparagus

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Talk about feeling fancy! This fresh, flavorful plate would fit in perfectly at a five-star lunch. You can whip it up in less than 10 minutes and almost completely in a single pan. After heating some oil with lemon zest and lemon juice, you’ll sauté bite-sized asparagus pieces for just two minutes. Add shrimp and garlic to the pan and cook for five more minutes before blending in cooked bowtie pasta, Parmesan cheese and some chopped basil for even more fresh flavor.

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5. Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with Asparagus and Rice

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Having guests for dinner? Impress them with this pistachio-crusted salmon. Just don’t tell them how easy it was to make this fancy restaurant-worthy dish. With a “glue” of Dijon mustard and lemon juice, the pieces of pistachio stick easily to the salmon. After about 20 minutes in the oven, the fish is crusted and ready to be plated. Served with sides of sautéed asparagus and brown rice, you’ve got a restaurant-quality meal that feels like a splurge. At just 340 calories, this meal will keep you on plan and even leaves room for dessert.

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6. Roasted Asparagus


Of course, it doesn’t have to be a dinner party to enjoy the flavor of asparagus. You don’t even have to cook a whole meal! By simply roasting asparagus spears, you can create a simple side that pairs perfectly with any Nutrisystem dinner entrée. Watch this short video to see how you can add asparagus spears to your regular veggie rotation and get in some of your daily vegetable servings.

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7. Spring Asparagus Frittata

Spring Asparagus Frittata

Craving a burst of fresh, vibrant flavors in your springtime meals? Look no further than our enticing Spring Asparagus Frittata! This delectable egg bake is tailor-made for your upcoming spring holidays, blending the goodness of asparagus with eggs into a harmonious and visually appealing dish. Asparagus takes the spotlight here, not just adding a pop of color but infusing each bite with its unique and delightful flavor profile. Treat yourself to this culinary masterpiece that celebrates the essence of spring!

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8. Pickled Asparagus

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Pickled asparagus is not only a delightful treat but also a simple snack to whip up in your kitchen. It brings a refreshing twist to the world of pickled vegetables. Delve into the craft of creating this easy and nutritious pickled asparagus. Picture this: vibrant green asparagus spears infused with the aromatic essence of garlic, the fresh burst of dill, and the subtle kick of peppercorns. These flavors dance harmoniously in a brine crafted from white vinegar, a hint of sugar for balance, and a sprinkle of sea salt to elevate the taste. The result? A delectable blend of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds and add a gourmet touch to your snacking experience.

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9. 4-Ingredient Asparagus Mushroom Bake

4-Ingredient Asparagus and Mushroom Bake

Asparagus shines as the ultimate spring vegetable treat. Known for its vibrant green color and unique flavor profile, asparagus not only serves as a versatile side dish but also packs a nutritional punch. With low calories and high nutrients like fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C, and K, it’s a powerhouse of health benefits. Incorporate these nutritious spears into your healthy diet routine with this easy Asparagus and Mushroom Bake recipe, perfect for a delicious and wholesome meal that celebrates the flavors of the season.

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10. Air Fryer Asparagus

Air Fryer Asparagus

Why spend time preheating the oven when preparing the perfect asparagus side dish? Opt for your air fryer instead! Not only will it save you time, but as the weather warms up, it also spares you from heating the entire house with a blazing hot oven. Our Air Fryer Asparagus Recipe is incredibly simple to whip up, calling for just four basic ingredients, making it a convenient and delicious choice for any meal.

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