Amazing Asparagus

Amazing Asparagus by OinK

Hey guys!  I’m back after a little hiatus… crazy holidays, lots of stuff going on at work and was sick all week!  I just had to tell you about this asparagus.  My Aunt Beth made it for Christmas Dinner and it was the biggest hit at the table.  I immediately harassed her via text for the recipe and she sent it to me right away (she’s a sweetheart!)…This is a pretty healthy side-dish as long as you don’t use too much sugar.   As you all know from my previous post, I’ve been really trying to watch what I eat, without depriving myself.  This is the perfect dish for that.  I felt like I was eating the most amazing thing ever and it was not going to destroy my healthy eating.  Truth be told, I ate more of this than anything on my plate.  I accompanied it with some veal cutlets and it was lovely.  We had it with beef tenderloin on Christmas, which was a far superior pairing than my veal cutlets but for real, I’m not made of money. Anyway, make this immediately and then thank me later ;)

Amazing Asparagus by OinKThe Elements:Amazing Asparagus by OinK
1-2 bundles of asparagus
Olive Oil (for drizzling, so a couple teaspoons worth)
Garlic Salt (a couple pinches)
Pepper  (a pinch or so for taste)
Feta Cheese (about 2 oz)
Balsamic Vinegar (about 1/4 cup)
Brown sugar (or splenda if you are watching your waistline…one packet or approximately 1 tablespoon)

Procedure:
Preheat oven to 400
Reduce the balsamic vinegar with the sugar or splenda
Drizzle olive oil over asparagus and mix with hands
Sprinkle garlic salt and pepper over the asparagus
Roast for 10 minutes or until tender, depending on the thickness of your asparagus (I prefer thin)
Take asparagus out of the oven and drizzle with the balsamic reduction and then top with the feta cheese
Serve immediately and enjoy!Brussels Sprouts

BONUS?  You can make this exact same recipe with Brussels Sprouts– I used one bag from the store produce aisle :)
–use the same amount of balsamic and feta– I first seared them, cut side down (I cut them in half) and then put them in a 325 oven for about 8-10 minutes

The Verdict: I love it so much and honestly can’t say enough good things about it, other than do yourself a favor and try it immediately.  The other major plus is that it is super easy and simple to make!  PS feel free to add some toasted walnuts for extra crunch with the asparagus!

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