Asparagus for Meatless Monday…
I’m back! It’s been a bit since my last post because, well, life. I started a new job which I love and I’m gearing up for grad school finals while trying to finish an internship sooo..what can I say? I been bizzy.
I randomly bought a bunch of skinny asparagus (always go for the skinny stalks, the thick ones can be woody and bleh) before I had the realization that I don’t know if I even like asparagus. What was I thinking? Who knows but it looked nice, fresh, and it was on sale so…
I think the reason I wasn’t so sure about asparagus is because as a kid the only kind I had was cooked to rubbery death. Seriously grey, limp, mushy, wobbly sticks. I hate overcooked veggies.
Looking around my kitchen, I decided I had way too many lemons, walnuts, and mint (which was getting a little wilted…) and thought, hey, I bet these would make asparagus taste bomb-diggity. I proceeded to make a mess in my kitchen, but still managed to get a few snaps of my sloppy sauté.
And I’ll be damned, it came out gooooooooood.
- 1 bunch of skinny asparagus, woody ends snapped off, cut into 1 to 1½ inch pieces
- 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ⅓ cup walnuts, lightly toasted
- juice of one lemon
- crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
- salt, to taste
- 2 Tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
- Heat a dry cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add walnuts. Jostle the pan around so they don't burn. Toast for a few minutes.
- Heat oil over medium heat in another skillet and add red pepper flakes. After a minute or two, add minced garlic and cook until fragrant (a minute or two).
- Turn up the heat and add asparagus pieces and salt. Saute for about 3 minutes (don't overcook it!)
- Remove from heat, add toasted walnuts.
- Serve with fresh mint and a drizzle of lemon juice.
If you give this a try, let me know! Be that person and take a pic for Instagram (follow me at soul_beet) and use #soulbeet so I can see what ya did!.
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I didn’t think the asparagus was over cooked when you were young!!!