I went to a bridal shower last weekend! I love bridal showers – the cute themes, the homemade decor, the oh-so-cute games and of course the delicious foods! This particular shower had two tables of desserts and one table of lunch foods – perfect balance! Haha ok, maybe not but it was a parrrrtyyyy! I actually made some cupcakes to match the theme of cooking in the kitchen. The bride loves to cook – smart girl!
One food on the lunch table that caught my eye was Breaded Parmesan Asparagus. I love asparagus however I don’t do dairy and my youngest son is allergic. Since he shares my plate, I grabbed one off my mother-in-law’s plate – ha! It was super yummy but it got me thinking about what I could do with the bunch of asparagus I had in the fridge at home. I asked a couple ladies at the party and they all said “olive oil, salt and pepper.” Ok then!
Guess who didn’t have any olive oil at their house?
So I did what any other Paleo person would do – went to grab the bacon grease!
Guess what I was out of? Yah, really.
BUT I did have some Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil! HALLELUJAH! It was SO good! My husband even came over and grabbed them right off the baking sheet to munch on. Enjoy!
Easy Oven Roasted Asparagus
1 bunch of asparagus
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Prepare baking sheet with cooking spray or your favorite oil/grease. I also lined mine with aluminum foil for easy clean-up!
2. Wash asparagus and lay flat on towel to dry for a few seconds.
3. Lay asparagus flat on prepared baking sheet and drizzle with melted coconut oil. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Place baking sheet in oven on the middle rack and bake for about 10-15 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on how thick your asparagus stalks are. Mine were really thick and actually took about 20 minutes to get them nice and tender.
And that’s it! It was the best side dish ever and super healthy. It’s great any time of year, too – holidays, BBQs (ooo grilled asparagus? I’ll get right on it!!) and get togethers of any kind! I used the leftovers to whip up a delicious quiche (or maybe it was a fritatta?) and the asparagus was still just as delicious!
Enjoy and be well!