With this recipe (puffy asparagus) I am kicking off a quick series of recipes with seasonal products. I want to show you that you can make super delicious foods within a couple of minutes. Also, I want to make sure that you will stay away from processed food and that you will start to cook more at home. Recipes will be super easy and yummy. So stay with me and enjoy 🙂 If you decide to make them, please share them on your Social Media and tag with #tasteisyours hashtag. 🙂
The first on the list is asparagus. This is a very underestimated vegetable, which should find its place in every kitchen. If you wonder why, here are the main reasons:
The main benefits of asparagus.
It’s loaded with nutrients.
Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.
It can help fight cancer.
This herbaceous plant—along with avocado, kale and Brussels sprouts—is a particularly rich source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals. This is why eating asparagus may help protect against and fight certain forms of cancer, such as bone, breast, colon, larynx and lung cancers.
Asparagus is packed with antioxidants.
It’s one of the top ranked fruits and vegetables for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. This, according to preliminary research, may help slow the aging process.
Asparagus is a brain booster.
Another anti-aging property of this delicious spring veggie is that it may help our brains fight cognitive decline. Like leafy greens, asparagus delivers folate, which works with vitamin B12—found in fish, poultry, meat, and dairy—to help prevent cognitive impairment.
It’s a natural diuretic.
It contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, which serves as a natural diuretic, and increased urination not only releases fluid but helps rid the body of excess salts. This is especially beneficial for people who suffer from edema (an accumulation of fluids in the body’s tissues) and those who have high blood pressure or other heart-related diseases.
Hope it is all clear now 🙂 If yes, next time you do some shopping buy an asparagus as well. But hurry up, the asparagus season is not so long 🙂
Puffy asparagus with Schwartzwald ham and grated parmesan
When you go to a restaurant you usually start with an appetizer. This is what I am going to do as well. I will start with a very easy appetizer recipe. You can also make it as a snack next to the beer if you like 🙂
Puffy asparagus with Schwartzwald ham and parmesan | benefits of asparagusCourse: Recipe book, Small bites, Appetizers, LunchDifficulty: Easy
Bunch of fresh asparaguses
100g of Schwartzwald ham
20g Grated parmesan
1 pack of puff pastry
1 egg, beaten
- Parboil the asparaguses in a salty boiling water. Leave it in only for 5 minutes, drain and then set aside.
- Roll out the puff pastry on your work surface and cut into smaller cubes (10x10cm). Sprinkle over with grated parmesan.
- Cover the asparaguses (3 pieces) with the ham, place in the middle of puff pastry square and roll together. Place on a baking sheet.
- Once all your asparaguses are packed in puff pastry, smear them over with the beaten egg.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for about 20-25 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden brown.