The most prized and elegant of all the vegetables, asparagus is believed to have originated 2,000 years ago. Each serving has 71 calories, 5 grams of fat and 2 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. Roasted asparagus adds a nice addition to any meal. A real treat for asparagus lovers!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake time: 15 minutes
1 pound asparagus
1½ tablespoons extra virgin oil
½ teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Clean and break off the tough ends of asparagus.
3. Place asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle the olive oil over the top. Roll around to coat each. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Roast in oven for about 15 minutes or until tender-crisp.
Makes 4 servings (each serving, (4 ounces) 1/4 of recipe)
The optimal season for fresh asparagus lasts from February though June, although it’s available year-round in many regions. The earliest, most tender stalks are an apple green. Europeans prefer white asparagus, which is grown underground to prevent them from becoming green.
Asparagus is grown in sandy soil so be sure to wash them before using.
Asparagus is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables. It’s high in folic acid, potassium, fiber, thiamin, and vitamins A, B6 and C.
When buying asparagus, choose firm, bright green stalks with tight tips. Store tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Weight Watchers SmartPoints 2
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 2
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (4 ounces)
71 calories, 5g fat, 1g sat. fat, 0mg chol, 3g protein, 5g carbs, 2g fiber, 147mg sodium, 0g sugar