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5 Health Benefits of Asparagus

Asparagus’ green spears are a sure sign of spring. If you’re wondering about the health benefits of this seasonal must-have, this blog’s for you.

It’s low in calories: Five large spears have just 20 calories and 2 grams of fiber, making this a flavorful guilt-free food.

It’s nutrient-dense: Asparagus packs a lot of nutrition. It’s an excellent source of vitamin K (the vitamin that helps your blood to clot) and a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, iron and some B vitamins.

It acts as a diuretic: Asparagus contains high levels of the aptly named amino acid asparagine, which acts as a diuretic. This can actually help to lower high blood pressure.

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25 Ways to Use Asparagus

25 Ways to Use Asparagus

We’re in peak asparagus season! Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies to serve because picky eaters almost always enjoy it. The best part? It’s so good for you. Raw asparagus is low in calories (about 4 calories per spear), and it’s a source of fiber and potassium. Asparagus also contains glutathione, a powerful anticarcinogen and antioxidant. So make use of your local green market’s plentiful asparagus stock with these 25 fantastic uses of asparagus. In no particular order:

  1. This basic Roasted Asparagus recipe from Ina Garten is a good place to start your asparagus adventures.
  2. Spaghetti With Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto from Giada De Laurentiis is luscious and rich but takes only a few minutes to prepare.
  3. White asparagus is grown under soil to prevent photosynthesis from turning the stalks green. Just remember to peel the stalks before you cook them. Try it in Emeril’s Fried Soft Shell Crab, White Asparagus and Wild Sorrel With a Grilled Ramp Dressing.
  4. Creamy Farfalle With Cremini, Asparagus and Walnuts from Giada is a creamy crowd-pleaser.
  5. Wrap asparagus in almost anything. Rachael Ray wraps it in bacon, Giada wraps it with prosciutto and smoked salmon (pictured at top), Ellie Krieger wraps it in smoked turkey and Paula Deen wraps it in phyllo dough.

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At the Market: 5 Unexpected Asparagus Dishes

With spring comes new beginnings and fresh crops, and every year I jump at the chance to celebrate the season’s new happy ingredients that hit the farmer’s markets and grocery stores. I’m especially excited for the slender green spears of asparagus that mark the arrival of spring. It’s a welcome change from the meat-and-potato meals that were the star of winter, so can you really blame me for being giddy about the pearly stalks that line the shelves like an expansive green lawn? As markets burst with fresh ingredients, signaling a sort of wake-up call from winter’s slumber, bring home a haul of this green beauty to cook up in your kitchen.

Though there’s certainly something uncomplicated and desirable about simply roasting asparagus until charred and tender, here are some new, unexpected ways to make asparagus really shine at your next meal:

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Asparagus Frittata, Your Easter Brunch Centerpiece

Frittata with Asparagus

Whether you’re looking for a centerpiece dish for your Easter brunch this Sunday or just looking for recipes in anticipation of the soon-to-be-everywhere asparagus, Giada’s Frittata with Asparagus, Tomato, and Fontina is for you.

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The Top 10 Reasons to Get Excited for Spring

Spring has sprung, officially. Which means that produce options open right up — not unlike windows in homes everywhere — as freshly grown produce floods the marketplace. While it was nice to eat apples, squash, potatoes and onions all winter, it’s no doubt time to wave goodbye and welcome a new round of delectable fruits and vegetables.  Here’s a round-up of the 10 spring superstars we’re psyched to see arriving in the next couple of months, and some great recipes to make the most of them.

10. Asparagus

Asparagus Wrapped in Proscuitto With Beurre Blanc (above)

Sesame Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus and Zucchini Crudi

Spinach-Ricotta Pesto Pasta With Proscuitto and Asparagus

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Countdown to Spring

Groundhog Cake from Serious Eats

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Are you caught in the middle of yet another winter snowstorm? Take heart! Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this morning, which means spring is (supposedly) going to be early this year. We can’t wait. As much as we love chili and stews, we’re ready for a return to the fresh fruits and vegetables that springtime has to offer.

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Spice Goddess — 7 Things To Know

Spice Goddess, Bal Arneson, prepping a dish

Spice Goddess, Bal Arneson, prepping a dish

Beginning in July, Cooking Channel will be rocking a brand-new Spice Girl.  Her name is Bal Arneson and she is our Spice Goddess…

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Pix Potluck – Eggs-ceptional Looking Dish

Egg and Asparagus Quiche

Egg and Asparagus Quiche?

We’re loving the fan photos shared on our Facebook page and this shot caught our eye today.  Katalin has been sharing amazing shots (have you seen her strawberry rhubarb pie??) but this felt like a nice one for the beginning of summer…

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Blend: Your Secret Weapons + Ours

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Food People have secrets they can’t help but share. We’ll show (and tell) you ours, if you show us yours…

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