Roasted Asparagus with Sesame Seeds

Some kind of night! My pantry shelf broke. I spilled my entire packed lunch on the floor. I knocked over a lamp and picture frame. Sheesh. Some night! 

My only saving grace? Cooking new fun recipes out of fun new cookbooks

I found this recipe in “the new american plate” cookbook and decided to give it a shot!  Glad I did, it was delicious!  I really liked the following entry found before the recipe in the cookbook.

“Aspargus is an elegant vegetable as well as a healthy choice. It has significant amounts of vitamin C and folate and the phytochemical glutathione. Glutathione helps remove carcinogens from the body.”

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Ingredients:

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp finely minced garlic

1/4 tsp grated peeled fresh ginger

Dash of Cayenne

Generous Dash of Salt

1 lb asparagus

Sauce:

2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce

1 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp minced garlic

1/8 tsp grated peeled ginger

1/4 tsp sesame oil

2 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

1. Preheat the broiler and line a baking pan with foil. Wash your asparagus. Then place asparagus on baking sheet.

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2. In a small bowl, mix the first 5 ingredients. Pour this onto the asparagus and mix.

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3. Broil the asparagus about 6 inches from the heat source for about 8-12 minutes, turning once. The asparagus should be tender, but not mush.

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4. While the asparagus is cooking, mix together the second sauce ingredients in a bowl (I just re-used the one from earlier!) . Stir briskly to dissolve the sugar.

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5. Also, if you are a good multi-tasker, place your sesame seeds in a saute pan and cook over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Watch these carefully because they can burn fast!

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6. Once the asparagus is lightly browned, place on a serving platter and drizzle the sauce over the asparagus.

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7. Mix the sauce and the asparagus.

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A delicious Asian-inspired twist to your typical asparagus recipe!

Cheers and happy evolving!

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