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Lemon-Pepper Asparagus Spears

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Categories: Easter, Make ahead, Snacks, Vegetarian
Type: Side Dishes

Lemon enhances the flavor of asparagus, and parmesan cheese adds lots of interest.

Serves: Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh or frozen asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons grated nonfat Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper

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Directions:

  1. Spray microwave-safe dish with cooking spray.
  2. Snap off ends of fresh asparagus and place in dish. Drizzle asparagus with lemon juice; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and lemon pepper.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap, leaving one corner slightly opened. Microwave fresh asparagus on High 10 to 15 minutes, until crisp-tender.
  4. For best results, turn dish every 5 minutes unless microwave has rotating dish.
  5. This dish can be prepared, refrigerated and microwaved just before serving or microwaved, refrigerated and reheated in microwave 1 to 2 minutes until heated through. If using frozen asparagus, do not assemble until ready to heat.
Tips:
  • Asparagus is a good source of saponins, compounds associated with killing cancer cells and lowering blood cholesterol levels.

excerpted from:

Excerpted from Cook Once, Eat for a Week by Jyl Steinback. Copyright © 2003 by Family Fit Lifestyle, an Arizona Corporation.

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