Asparagus with Lemon and Feta Cheese

asparagus with lemon and feta cheese

Fresh lemon brightens foods for spring, like this quick and easy side of steamed asparagus served with a Mediterranean herb feta cheese.IMG_4014What’s more painful, doing your own taxes or eating right? A number of years ago, I was taken aback when I read this survey that shows Americans picked healthy eating as more difficult! Geez! Come on my friends, eating well does not have to be be herculean! Today The Recipe Redux comes to the rescue with recipes that call for seven ingredients (or less). Here is our timely challenge:

7-Ingredient (Or Less) Recipes

It’s Income Tax Season, so our brains could use some easy arithmetic; as in seven-ingredient-or-less recipes. Show us the healthy, no-brainer dish you fix for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Think beyond smoothies or drinks, please. (And for those of you living in countries where it’s not Tax Season – we’re pretty sure you and your readers would still love doing the math for seven-ingredient-recipes!)

My recipe inspiration comes from two  dietitian friends. First Jessica’s Spring Ingredient Spotlight influenced my pick for aspargagus.  Check it out for more great ideas to add the seasons finest produce to your taxing days. Secondly,  Regan’s video for three genius Easter recipes was a great reminder that lemon is a terrific way to brighten foods. In her video, she shares 3 ways to use lemon curd, including Spring S’mores!

So now, let’s talk about Asparagus with Lemon and Feta Cheese! This recipe uses only 5 ingredients and takes under 10 minutes to prepare, from start to finish. (Try doing your taxes in under 10 minutes!)  Asparagus is low in calories, and bursting with nutrients including: folate, vitamin C , vitamin A, vitamin K , fiber, potassium, copper and manganese. Adding lemon helps to pop the flavor. I finished this side with a Mediterranean herb feta cheese; it’s a great way to enhance the taste of a dish without having to add lots of other ingredients since the seasonings are already in the cheese! Be sure to check out what my colleagues are prepping (besides taxes) this month. Links are at the bottom of this post.

Asparagus with Lemon and Feta Cheese

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 fresh lemons
  • 2 tablespoons crumbed feta cheese (Mediterranean Herb)

Instructions

1. Place asparagus in a steamer basket over boiling water. Steam , covered until tender, about 6 minutes.

2. Arrange asparagus on a serving plater and toss salt, olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon. Top with feta cheese. Garnish with lemon wedges.

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Fusilli with Broccoli & Peanuts | #PastaFits

Fusilli with Broccoli & Peanuts is just one example of the myriad of ways pasta fits into a busy lifestyle by providing a means to quick, wholesome and affordable  meals that are pleasing to the palate.Fusilli with Broccoli & Peanuts, #pastafits
Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the  Pasta Fits campaign as a member of Healthy Aperture Blogger Network.  I was compensated for my time. 

Aah, summer. It’s hard to say goodbye to the beach, pool parties and lazy days.. The school year is a slew of schedules and the best way to navigate the hectic  mornings, homework assignments, activities and rounds of sports is organization. Preparing for back to school  should include a plan for meals and snacks. Easing  back into a routine of healthy eating after  the summer doesn’t have to be difficult. Keep it simple by focusing on  foods that:

• provide sustained energy

• are quick and wholesome

• are  affordable

• please every palate on every occasion

Pasta  fits the above criteria making it a smart choice for meals during the school year! One serving of pasta of provides 7 grams of protein and about 200 calories of sustainable engery.  The start of a new school year is no time to be sluggish, tired and unable to concentrate. Complex carbohydrates, like a pasta, provide the optimum type of fuel to power your muscles and brain. A slower release of energy keeps both you and your kids going throughtout the day .

Pasta  can be the start of  wholesome meals  that can be assembled  in minutes. It pairs well with   protein rich foods ( like lean meat, seafood, nuts and legumes),  nutrient dense vegetables and heart healthy fats.

Pasta is one of the most affordable meals. Keeping pasta on hand  elimates the need for pricey takeout.

Pasta is versatile; it can be eaten at any time of the day, and there infinite ways to add your own special culinary twitst. Today I combined it with broccoli, peanuts and a lemon honey dressing for a  terrific side or vegetarian meal ..Fusilli with Broccoli & Peanuts

and the leftovers are perfect to tote school or work.

 

Fusilli with Broccoli & Peanuts

This school year, make the grade with  pasta  for  quick, affordable,  nutritious and satifying meals!

Fusilli with Broccoli & Peanuts

serves 6

total prep/cooking time: 20 minutes

by Diane Boyd

Ingredients

  • 7 oz. dry fusilli
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups broccoli flowerets
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts

Instructions

1. Cook  pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Toss with canola oil.

2. Blanch broccoli for one minute in boiling salted water. Refresh under cold running water and drain well.

3. Blend lemon juice, honey and seasonings (onion powder through salt). Combine pasta with the broccoli , lemon-honey mixture and seasonings. Cool, cover and refrigerate. Stir in peanuts just before serving. Serve cold or reheat in microwave.

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