Asparagus

Simple Sesame-Roasted Asparagus

sesame roasted asparagus

Sometimes simple can be sublime, as in the case of this basic side dish of sesame-roasted asparagus. Roasting brings out the special flavor of asparagus like nothing else can. Aside form enjoying this just as is, you can also cut the asparagus up once it’s roasted, and toss into a mixed greens salad or into cooked grains.

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Udon Noodles with Asparagus and Cashews

Udon noodles with asparagus

Hearty udon noodles are intertwined with delicious cashews and tender asparagus in a light sauce. Serve this Asian-style dish with a simple tofu or tempeh preparation. It’s good served warm or at room temperature.  more→

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Pasta with Asparagus and Marinated Artichoke Hearts

Pasta with asparagus and artichoke hearts

This simple pasta dish, filled with flavorful asparagus and artichokes, is sure to please in late spring and early summer. This can be served warm or at room temperature. Serve with a salad featuring chickpeas (I especially like this with Chickpea Salad with Roasted Peppers, Tomatoes, and Basil) and fresh corn on the cob. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Creamy Pasta with Asparagus and Peas

Vegan creamy pasta with asparagus and peas

For this simple and delectable dish of pasta, asparagus and peas, use slender asparagus and you won’t need to scrape the stalks. With its creamy sauce (made of silken tofu), you can think of it as a kind of vegan alfredo, boosted by lots of veggies. more→

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Marinated Asparagus with Mustard Vinaigrette

Asparagus in mustard vinaigrette salad

Slender stalks of asparagus are a delightful sign of spring, and benefit nicely from the tang of a mustard dressing. This simple room temperature preparation makes a nice first course for any kind of meal for everyday or company. more→

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Mushroom, Asparagus, and Artichoke Medley

Asparagus, Mushroom, and Artichoke appetizer recipe

This tasty cold dish of small mushrooms, slender asparagus, and artichoke hearts is good served as an appetizer or first course with thinly sliced baguette. It’s especially nice as a starter for springtime celebrations. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Pasta with Asparagus and Arugula

Pasta with asparagus, tomato and arugula

Mellow asparagus and bold arugula contrast nicely in this simple yet delicious pasta dish. It’s perfect springtime fare, though you can enjoy it year round. Complete the meal simply with a big salad (add chickpeas or beans for protein) and a fresh whole grain bread. more→

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Thai Asparagus Treat

Thai Asparagus

Tender asparagus is a welcome sign of spring, and Thai seasonings — including lemongrass if you can find some — provide a wonderful way to enjoy them. Peel the lower part of the stalks before slicing if the skin is thick and tough. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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