Asparagus & National Nutrition Month!

National Nutrition Month

March is a month I definitely enjoy. Besides the coming of spring (although, as I am typing, it is snowing outside), there are many things to celebrate:  St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness and National Nutrition Month.  The theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month is ‘Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right’ and that’s just what we do at Myplate2yours!

Spring Asparagus

Today’s recipe celebrates much of what March has to offer.  Broiled Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar boasts a taste of spring, a terrific nutritional profile (especially rich in fiber, folate, and vitamin K), and it’s even green for St. Patrick’s Day.  From the time you grab the asparagus from your fridge, this dish will be on the table in less than 10 minutes.  Here’s the recipe:

Broiled Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar

1 bunch asparagus spears, washed and trimmed of woody end (1-2 inches cut from bottom)

Olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Preheat broiler.  Place asparagus spears on a baking sheet.  Lightly spritz with olive oil (or use a pastry brush).  Season with salt and pepper.  Drizzle balsamic vinegar over spears.  Place under broiler (about 4 inches from heating element) for 3-5 minutes (until asparagus turns bright green and some brown spots just begin to appear).  Immediately remove from heat and place spears on a serving plate.  Enjoy!

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