Caesar Asparagus, Low Calorie, Big on Deliciousness

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I’ve never been so excited about a vegetable dish before but this one is worth raving about! It’s just like the classic salad but made with roasted asparagus instead of lettuce.  I’m keeping it skinny by making homemade multi-grain croutons and drizzling with a fantastic, store-bought, light Caesar dressing. Each serving has just 95 calories, 4 grams of fat and 2 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. I can’t express enough how fabulous this dish really is. I guess you’ll have to make it and see for yourself!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Roast Time: 6-8 minutes


Ingredients for Asparagus:

1 pound asparagus (I used 1 bundle from Trader Joe’s) trim the ends

1 slice multi-grain or whole wheat bread, I used Milton’s Original Healthy Multi-Grain bread

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Cooking spray, I used olive oil cooking spray for this recipe

Salt and pepper, to taste


Ingredients for Topping:

1½ tablespoons Girards Light Caesar Dressing or Cardini’s, see shopping tip

1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded


Instructions



1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Toast bread and cut into bite size pieces. Coat a pan with cooking spray. Place asparagus on pan along with diced toasted bread. Drizzle 2 teaspoon of olive oil over the top. Using hands, toss well to coat asparagus and bread cubes. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Roast in oven for about 6-8 minutes until asparagus is tender-crisp and bright green in color. Remove from oven.

3. Place asparagus in serving dish. Sprinkle croutons all over asparagus. Drizzle dressing over top and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cheese.

Makes 4 servings (about 4-5 spears each)


Healthy Benefits

Asparagus is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetable. It’s high in folic acid, potassium, folate, fiber, thiamin, and vitamins A, B6,  C and K. One cup of cooked asparagus (about eight medium-sized spears) provides 3.6 grams of fiber—all with only 40 calories.


Shopping Tips

When buying asparagus, choose firm, bright, green stalks with tight tips.

You’ll find  Girards Light Caesar dressing or Cardini’s at most supermarkets. I found both at Vons/Safeway and Gelsons. They are super delicious tasting. I used Girard’s Light Caesar to calculate the skinny facts.

 

Weight Watchers SmartPoints 2
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 2
Weight Watchers
(old points) 2

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about 4-5 spears each)
95 calories, 4g fat, 1g sat. fat, 3mg chol, 5g protein, 11g carbs, 3g fiber, 278mg sodium, 2g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
70 calories, 1g sat. fat, 2g sugar, 2g protein