Getting your kids to eat their vegetables is like trying to get my dog in the bathtub – sure it will happen but there will be a few bumps along the way. Both of my kids are good eaters, the problem is that they want to eat all the wrong things. Zoe is a carnivore who devours all things meat and Brooke..well Brooke has a sweet tooth.
Neither of these eating habits is particularly healthy and I’ve been struggling for a long time to find vegetables my kids will eat without a fight. Imagine my surprise when they turned their noses up at Acorn Squash and carrots, generally considered the sweeter more palatable of veggies for … Asparagus. I mean what kid like’s Asparagus?! Mine apparently, as long as I cook it like this.
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Super Simple Sauteed Asparagus.
- Fresh asparagus
- Family seasoning of choice ( mine loves McCormick – Salad Supreme)
- Olive oil
- Parmesan cheese
- Optional – Lemon or lime juice
This Asparagus is very easy to make which makes it not only a family favorite but a mom favorite too! Anything that is healthy, quick, and can be made despite multiple kid distractions is a winner in my book.
Step 1 – Prepare the Asparagus
No one likes the woody bit at the end of an asparagus stock, those need to be taken off. How can you tell where? Easy! Simply pick up your asparagus and bend it, the stalk will break on its own at the point where the toughness ends and the tender goodness starts.
Step 2 – Mix
Once you’ve worked out the day’s troubles by snapping asparagus stalks go ahead and throw them in your frying pan, drizzle with oil and a liberal amount of seasoning and grated parmesan cheese (I never really measure this I just pour until it looks good, if your family likes strong flavors use more, if they are food purists then add less). Mix everything together with the spatula until each stalk is evenly coated.
Step 3- Turn up the heat
Set your burner on medium and let the asparagus cook until its fork-tender but not mushy, it usually takes about five to seven minutes for my asparagus to finish but all stoves are a bit different so feel free to sporadically taste test your asparagus goodness until your happy.
Step 4 – Optional Citrus spritz and serve
If your family likes a bit of citrus flavor (mine likes lemon best but I’ve used lime in a pinch and no ones complained) give your asparagus a bit of a spritz and stir before turning off the heat and serving. If your family doesn’t like citrus flavors this asparagus tastes just as good without it.
Give it a try and tell me what you think!
Bonus! This recipe (although posted a while back) Is very Keto friendly. You can learn more about how my family changed our eating habits here – Keep Calm and Keto on, How I lost 36 pounds in 4 months.