Spring recipes with asparagus

Updated: Aug 19, 2019



Easter is here which means spring has finally arrived- the season that offers lots of fresh greens! Time to enjoy some tasty family meals with fresh asparagus on your Easter holiday with friends. Asparagus is packed with lots of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals such as folate, iron, copper, calcium, protein, fiber, and vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6. 


Asparagus basil soup

Preparation time: 30 minutes to cook

Serves: 4


Ingredients:

5 cups water

1 bunch of asparagus (about 10 spears)

1 cup onion, chopped

2-3 cloves garlic (a bit more garlic if you prefer it)

1 tsp thyme (optional)

2 potatoes, cubed

1 bunch fresh basil, chopped

salt to taste


Instructions:

After washing the asparagus, remove the white bottom hard end with a knife. Pour the water in a large pot, add asparagus, onion, garlic, and thyme. Bring it to boil, cover the lid, and cook for about 30 minutes.Puree with blender or your food processor and return to the pot. Add the potatoes and cook until soft, for about 20 minutes more.Puree again, add basil, and simmer for 5 minutes.Add salt or black pepper according to your taste.


Tips:

*Some people don't like the aroma of thyme in their food, especially kids. If you have time, try both recipes with and without thyme in smaller portions, then let your family choose which one they prefer. With basil, however, everyone usually likes its aroma, so you could use it generously in the dish, and may also have some chopped fresh basil when serving on the plate. Same thing with garlic. 

*Some people prefer soups in puree, especially kids who don't want to see the vegetables in their food. In this case, use the recipe as it is above. But there are also some families who don't prefer the blended soup and would rather have the vegetables visible in their food. For this, after placing water in the pot, chop the asparagus in cubes and then add them. Cook the rest of the recipes without blending anything. 

*To make your dish more nutritious and visually pleasing at the same time, especially if you have kids, add noodles or pasta to your soup and serve. Cook their favorite pasta or noodles separately, then add into your bowl of soup when serving. This is usually a good way to make children eat healthier soups and stews. 


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Herbed asparagus in oven 

(as side dish, snack or party finger-food)


Preparation time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4


Ingredients:

1 bunch of asparagus (about 10 spears)

3 tablespoons hemp seeds

1 teaspoon garlic powder or 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced

1/8 teaspoon ground pepper (optional, if you like spicy)

pinch of paprika

pinch of salt

1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs/korppujauho (or your favorite crumbs)

juice of ½ lemon


Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 180 C degrees.Wash the asparagus and remove the white bottom hard end with a knife.Put the hemp seeds to a bowl and mix with the salt, garlic, pepper, paprika, and breadcrumbs. Stir well and set aside.Transfer the asparagus spears in a baking oven dish and arrange them nicely side by side, sprinkle the hemp mixture on top of the dish.Bake for 20-25 minutes or until asparagus is crispy enough according to your taste.Serve and enjoy best by sprinkle with some freshly made lemon juice on top. 


Tips:

*There is a variety of breadcrumbs in the shops, try to use the healthier options, like the whole wheat mentioned. The dish itself gives lots of taste because of the use of herbs. If you want lots of flavour in this dish, you could buy also aromatic breadcrumb (mausteinen korppuhauho) and use in the dish. 

*Change the herbs if you prefer others, such as oregano or pizza herb.  

*Hemps seeds are full of nutrients especially omega 3, but if you don't have them available, you can still make a nutritious dish by replacing hemp seeds with other nuts/seeds ie. almond flour or other crushed nuts/seeds.

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