steamed asparagus recipes

STEAMED ASPARAGUS RECIPES FOR WEIGHT LOSS

STEAMED ASPARAGUS RECIPES FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Steamed asparagus recipes are quick and easy to cook. There are other good ways of making it like baking and roasting, but steaming is also a valid option. It is healthier than other methods since you need to use much fat. To get a bright green and crisp-tender vegetable, here are amazing steamed asparagus recipes.

    Steamed Asparagus Recipes

1.    Lemon and garlic steamed asparagus

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This recipe is simple and straight forward. Most times, the simplest things are the most enjoyable. Lemon and garlic are good on anything, and on asparagus spears, it’s tastier.

      Preparation Time: 5 minutes

      Cook Time: 6 minutes

      Total Time: 11 minutes

       Serves: 4

       Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of trimmed asparagus
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 clove of crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of finely grated fresh lemon rind

Preparation

  1. Firstly, boil, steam and microwave asparagus until tender and drain well.
  2. Secondly, heat your olive oil in a medium non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Then add garlic cloves and finely grated lemon rind and cook for about a minute. Meanwhile stir often.
  3. Lastly, add asparagus and toss gently to mix. Serve warm.

        Nutritional Facts

        Fat 2.8g; Carbohydrate 4.7g; protein 2.6g; calories 48kcal.

2.    Steamed asparagus with pecorino

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Steamed asparagus with pecorino is an amazing dish that can be enjoyed as a side dish or as an appetiser. It is quick, easy and full of fantastic flavour

      Preparation Time: 5 minutes

      Cook Time: 5 minutes

      Total Time: 10 minutes

       Serves: 4

       Ingredients

  • 1 pound of asparagus (chopped into bite-sized pieces)
  • 2 teaspoons of grated lemon rind
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup of shaved pecorino
  • Crushed almonds (if needed)

Preparations

  1. First of all, wash and chop your asparagus, but ensure that you snap off the tough ends and discard them.
  2. Next, add 1 inch of water to a pot, then place a collapsible steam basket inside and bring to a boil.
  3. Now, you can add your chopped asparagus to the basket. Cover and steam vegetables for about 4- 5 minutes or until it becomes tender (not soft).
  4. After steaming, transfer asparagus to a serving dish, drizzle with one teaspoon of olive oil. Then sprinkle evenly with two teaspoons of grated lemon rind, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  5. Lastly, toss to coat and top with shaved pecorino cheese.

Note: make sure you use fresh asparagus, and always sauté rather than boiling it to avoid overcooking. If you are cooking it for kids, you can cook slightly longer and cut it up into small bite-sized pieces.

        Nutritional Facts

        Fat 4g; Carbohydrate 5g; protein 3.6g; calories 65.6kcal.

3.    Steamed Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

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Steamed asparagus is a really good but drizzling over hollandaise sauce is more awesome

      Preparation Time: 5 minutes

      Cook Time: 15 minutes

      Total Time: 20 minutes

       Serves: 4

       Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 10 tablespoons of unsalted butter

Preparation

  1. Firstly, break off the tough ends with your fingers. Bend the asparagus spears near the end, so they would break naturally where the spear is no longer tough.
  2. Secondly, you could peel off a very thin layer of the outer skin of the lower two to three inches of your asparagus spears.
  3. Thirdly, prepare a large shallow pan with a half-inch of water and steamer rack.
  4. To prepare hollandaise sauce, melt your butter in a small pot. Then put egg yolks, lemon juice, cayenne and salt in a blender.
  5. Next blend eggs for 20 -30 seconds and set at medium-high speed until it is lighter in colour.
  6. Then turn blender down to its lowest setting and slowly drizzle the hot melted butter while the blender is running and blend for a few seconds.
  7. After blending taste, the sauce and add more salt and lemon juice if needed.
  8. To steam your asparagus, boil water in your steaming pan. Then place your asparagus on the steaming rack. Cover and steam for about 3-5 minutes until it is tender and a little crispy. (depends on how thick the asparagus spears).
  9. Lastly, serve asparagus and pour Hollandaise sauce over it.

        Nutritional Facts

        Fat 2.5g; Carbohydrate 4g; protein 3g; calories 45kcal.

4. Steamed Asparagus with Potato and Leek sauce

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Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 8 asparagus spears
  • 100g of green beans
  • ½ of Zucchini
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 stem of leek
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ of yellow squash
  • 10g of roasted bell pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Butter
  • Thyme leaves

Preparation

  1. Firstly, prepare all the ingredients. Chop the bell pepper, trim the zucchini and yellow squash, top and tail the green beans, and remove asparagus’ woody bottoms.
  2. Then, get set to prepare the vegetables. Put a steamer tray into boiling water. Add some thyme into the water.
  3. Add yellow squash, zucchini, green beans, and asparagus to the steamer. Then, remove them from the boiling water and place them in cold water to preserve their colors.
  4. Proceed to make the sauce by cutting leeks and potatoes into small bits.
  5. Get a saucepan, add virgin olive oil, some butter, leeks, and potatoes and allow it sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add the chopped garlic clove, roasted bell pepper, and thyme to the sautéing vegetables.
  7. Blend slightly sautéed vegetables to a smooth paste.
  8. Pour the paste on the asparagus and serve. You can garnish with chili favored Balsamic oil.

5.    Steamed Asparagus with Pistachios and Brown butter

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Brown butter sauce could enhance all other vegetables or fish. It turns out to be a great combination with perfectly cooked fresh green asparagus.

      Preparation Time: 10 minutes

      Cook Time: 20minutes

      Total Time: 30 minutes

       Serves: 4-6

       Ingredients

  • 1 pound of medium asparagus
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked mesquite salt
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper blend
  • 2 tablespoons of savoury garlic and herbs
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup of toasted pistachios (crushed)

Preparation

  1. Firstly, put a large wide skillet on the stove. Then add about 1 inch of water, cover it and place over high heat. After some minutes, when the water comes to a rapid boil, add your asparagus in one layer, cover it and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Secondly, drain your asparagus and wrap it loosely in a kitchen towel
  3. Then return skillet to stovetop over high heat. Add butter and swirl plan, then add savoury garlic and herb.
  4. After adding your ingredients, and when butter becomes foamy or lightly browned, stir in lemon juice and zest and turn down the heat.
  5. Next, place cooked asparagus back in the pan and season with smoked mesquite salt and black pepper. Shake the pan gently to coat with butter sauce. Then, transfer asparagus using tongs into a large warmed platter.
  6. Lastly, sprinkle with pistachios and serve.

               Nutritional Facts

        Fat 46g; Carbohydrate 28g; protein 21g; calories 572kcal.

6.    Steamed Asparagus with salmon

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Salmon is higher in anti-inflammatory omega-three fats and lower in any possible contaminants. Salmon and asparagus is a healthy combination.

          Preparation Time: 5 minutes

          Cook Time: 15minutes

          Total Time: 25minutes

           Serves: 4

              Ingredients

  • 1 pound of fresh salmon fillet
  • 2 teaspoons of capers
  • 1 medium tomato (seeded and coarsely chopped)
  • ½ medium red onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 clove of finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • ¼ – 1 pound of asparagus (tough ends trimmed)
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • Lemon wedges

Preparation

  1. First, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Then, place salmon on a large piece of parchment paper or heavy-duty aluminium foil with about 2 inches room on the sides to fold over fish.
  2. Now, in a medium-sized bowl, combine capers, garlic, onion and tomato. Then, spoon over your salmon, drizzle with lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Next, top with asparagus spears and rosemary and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Then, wrap foil or paper around salmon with edges at the top. You could secure paper with metal clips if necessary. After wrapping, place it in a baking sheet and cook for about 20- 25 minutes or until it is well cooked.
  5. Finally, open clips carefully and serve with lemon wedges.

               Nutritional Facts

        Fat 7g; Carbohydrate 7g; protein 27g; calories 200 kcal.

7.    Steamed Asparagus with Almond butter

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Steamed asparagus with almond butter is easiest of all steamed asparagus recipes with great sauce.

          Preparation Time: 20 minutes

          Cook Time: 15minutes

          Total Time: 35minutes

           Serves: 8

              Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of thin asparagus
  • 6 tablespoons of salted butter (¾ stick)
  • 3 tablespoons of finely chopped shallots
  • 1 large garlic clove (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons of finely grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup of sliced almonds

Preparation

  1. Firstly, steam your asparagus until it is tender and crispy.
  2. Secondly, melt one tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over low heat. Then add shallots and garlic and sauté it until it becomes tender or for about 5 minutes.
  3. Next, add your remaining five tablespoons of butter, lemon juice, parsley, lemon zest to the shallot mixture and heat it over medium heat to melt the butter.
  4. Then, add almonds and cook it until it is butter brown, meanwhile stir occasionally. After cooking for about 3 minutes, add steamed asparagus and spoon the sauce over the asparagus until it is heated.
  5. Lastly, season with salt and pepper and serve.

                           Nutritional Facts

        Fat 12g; Carbohydrate 7g; protein 4g; calories 145 kcal.

Most times, the easiest things are the healthiest and most enjoyable. Steaming your asparagus is very healthy for you!

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