Asparagus – my favorite vegetable.

Asparagus is my favorite vegetable! I love it’s intense flavor. One year when I was getting a check up, my doctor asked me what my favorite food was. When I responded asparagus, she just started laughing, stating that most people say PIZZA.

Asparagus is full of nutrition. It has vitamins, A, C, E and K. It is rich in folate and fiber. It is anticancer and anti-inflammatory, AND it is a natural diuretic (that’s the weird smell in your pee). Did you know, that not all people have smelly pee from asparagus? I happen to like the veggies and foods and spices that affect your pee (like asparagus and beets and turmeric). It may seem silly, but for me it’s like proof that they are actually making a difference in my body.

Asparagus is a great go to food because you can make it in a few minutes (steamed, or under the broiler). I usually broil mine for 5-8 min with just a sprinkle of salt and pepper. YUM! But one of my favorite recipes is asparagus soup! Creamy and Dreamy!

CREAMY and DREAMY Asparagus Soup.

Asparagus Soup

Ingredients

1 bunch of asparagus

1 spray of olive oil (or a small drizzle from a bottle)

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil (or sub water for sauteing leeks)

2 large leeks -white and green parts- chopped (or sub ONE large white onion if you don’t have leeks)

2 garlic cloves (or more)

1 large potato – or 2 medium

2 cups of low sodium vegetable broth

6 cups of water

Salt and pepper to taste.

Chop off the rough ends of asparagus. Line them up on a baking sheet and drizzle (or spray them) with a touch of olive oil, salt and pepper. Put them under the broiler for about 8 minutes – or until they are a little charred.

Heat a large pot and add the grape seed oil. Once hot, add the leeks and stir. Cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook one more minute.

Add the asparagus (try not to eat one!)

Add the broth and water and the chopped potato, bring to a boil.

Simmer for about 15 minutes until potatoes are soft.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Blend the soup with a handheld blender, or in a vitamix. Serve hot. Tastes great with a few charred asparagus spears on top, or chopped chives.