Low Calorie Caesar Asparagus

It’s officially asparagus season and 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 and 4 grams of fat. I can’t express enough how fabulous this dish really is. I guess you’ll have to make it and see for yourself!
Caesar Asparagus, Low Calorie, Big on Deliciousness

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

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.
 
WW Freestyle Points 2-Blue
WW Smart Points
2-Green
WW POINTS PLUS 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 Freestyle Points
70 calories, 1g sat. fat, 2g sugar, 2g protein

 

Caesar Asparagus, Low Calorie, Big on Deliciousness

Low Calorie Caesar Asparagus

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Roast Time: 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 95 kcal

Ingredients
  

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:

  • tablespoons Girards Light Caesar Dressing or Cardini’s, see shopping tips
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • 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.
  • Place asparagus in serving dish. Sprinkle croutons all over asparagus. Drizzle dressing over top and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 4spearsCalories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 278mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gBlue Smart Points: 2Green Smart Points: 2Plus Points: 2
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!