Fresh lemon brightens foods for spring, like this quick and easy side of steamed asparagus served with a Mediterranean herb feta cheese.What’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
- 1 bunch asparagus
- salt and pepper
- 2 fresh lemons
- 2 tablespoons crumbed feta cheese (Mediterranean Herb)
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.