The New Year is here and one of my goals is to eat more vegetables. We all should, and hopefully our example will influence our kiddos and grandkids.
How we prepare our vegetables can reduce how healthy they are for us. The minute a vegetable is picked it starts losing its vitamins. And then depending on how we cook them they could lose some or most of their healthy qualities. Frozen vegetables can sometimes be better than fresh. Frozen vegetables are usually processed within 18 hours of being picked, allowing them to retain their nutritional value. But fresh is always best if they are truly fresh and have not been lying around for a week.
The more water used to cook a vegetable, such as boiling, the more of the “good” nutrients will be washed away. Try grilling, sautéing or broiling in an oven for best results to keep them the healthiest for your family.
Check out the recipe below for an easy and healthy way to prepare vegetables with your grandkids.
Lemon (or lime) Kissed Broiled Asparagus Spears
Purchase fresh asparagus (or broccoli) from your local grocer. I like the medium sized kind, about the width of a pencil.
Once home, set your broiler to low
Remove the band that holds the veggies together.
Wash asparagus in cold water then remove the bottom 25% of the stalk. You can do this one of two ways—By grabbing the bottom of the stalk with both hands and bending the stalk till it snaps, which is my preferred method, or by taking a sharp knife and cutting off the bottom half of the stalk.
Next, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and fan the asparagus in a neat row on the pan.
Take each half of the lemon and squeeze the juice onto the asparagus
Drizzle olive oil over the asparagus.
Season as desired with the fresh cracked pepper and sea salt.
Broil asparagus for 7-10 minutes to reach preferred doneness.
When done sprinkle with lemon zest and serve.