As I have mentioned before I am not really a fan of complicated recipes. However, I really do believe in healthy meals that do not involve short cuts or lots of artificial spices or sauces. If you feel anything like I do then you will love this simple side dish that could be served with lunch or dinner.
I assembled this with my evening meal the other night and liked it so much that I decided to make it again for lunch the next day alongside my salmon. It turned out really well and I think the credit pretty much goes mostly to the spontaneous decision to add in the pea shoots at the last minute.
I had purchased a bunch of fresh asparagus at Whole Foods and wanted to find a way to make it a little differently. My go to method of cooking almost everything from meat to veggies is to sautee in coconut oil with pepper and Himalyan sea salt. So I felt like mixing it up the flavor a bit.
I first cleaned and then snipped the ends off of the asparagus. If you have never done this it is simply sort of finding the breaking point near the end and letting the asparagus “snap.” Asparagus is easy to find and conveniently one of the vegetables that is not a must to buy organic.
- 1 pound of fresh asparagus (ends removed)
- 2 Teaspoons Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Butter (I recommend Kerrygold Brand)
- ½ of a Lemon (Juiced)
- ½ Cup Pea Shoots
- Himalayan Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
Melt the coconut oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the asparagus and sautee approximately 10 minutes. Move them frequently so they do not get burned. Add the salt and pepper to taste and about 10 minutes later add about a tablespoon of butter and the juice from half of a lemon with the asparagus. Once the butter has melted add a handful of pea shoots (about a half cup) to the pan. Cook a few minutes more and then remove from heat.
When you are trying to get more veggies in your diet it’s important to always rotate and try new ones. Otherwise it’s easy to get bored. Asparagus is a great choice because it is packed with tons of health benefits including nutrients such as fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium. It has tons of antioxidants which are good for fighting cancer as well as diuretic properties which makes it a good selection if you have been overdoing it with indulgences or just feel a little puffy or bloated.
Hope you enjoy!
Question of the Day: What is your favorite vegetable side dish?