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Oven Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Leeks

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Oven Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Leeks

Oven Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Leek

Photo © Kimberley K. Eggleston
Asparagus is one of the first crops of produce to debut in the spring. It makes an attractive, low calorie spring side dish, and really is easy to prepare. When you are shopping, look for plump, firm spears with tightly closed tips, and a bright green color to assure you are getting the freshest selection.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. fresh, trimmed asparagus spears (about 4 cups)
  • 1 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped leek (1 med.)
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine asparagus, ½ teaspoon olive oil, black pepper, and salt in a large bowl, tossing until asparagus is coated.

3. Arrange asparagus on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, and roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Stir, and return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes, or until asparagus is fork-tender.

4. While asparagus is cooking, heat remaining 1/2 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add leek and cook an additional 5 minutes, or until tender. Add lemon juice.

5. Toss leek mixture with asparagus, and serve immediately.

Serves 4

Per Serving Calories 69, Total Fat 3g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 72mg, Pro 4g, CHO 7g, Fiber 3g

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