October 6, 2009

Baked Asparagus with Bread crumbs

The first time I ate Asparagus is when my colleague and friend biji brought it for lunch to office. She makes all sorts of things with it…baking, frying and even thoran. She is a very creative and wonderful person. Check out her blog Avidunnum,Ividunnum,Endethum . Trust me you will die of laughter.

 So, getting back to Asparagus. I was never found of asparagus before, but found out that it is a real healthy food. So I decided to give it a try since I know my diet lacks a lot of the healthy stuffs. These are some of the health benefits that I compiled from Healthmad.com

• It is high in vitamin K and Foliate
• Eat asparagus when you are pregnant or thinking about conceiving – because of it being high in folic acid it  helps prevent birth defects such as spin bifida
• Great for your heart
 • Helps with s menstrual cramps and fertility problems
• Helps detoxify your body
• Add more asparagus to your diet to lower cholesterol
• Great for nursing mothers stimulating milk production
• Has antioxidant agents – prevents the effects of aging
• Great for your eyes preventing cataracts
• If you are experiencing hair loss- eat more asparagus
• Helps treat toothaches 
• Helps fight chronic fatigue syndrome.... ETC ETC!



• 1 pound asparagus 
• 2 tablespoon olive oil 
• 2 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

 • 1/2 cup bread crumbs 
• Salt  to taste
• Pepper to taste

  • Preheat oven to 450*F
  • Toss asparagus spears in 1 tbsp olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Arrange in baking pan. 
  • Coat the asparagus well with the bread crumbs.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with remaining Olive oil. 
  • Bake uncovered until asparagus is just tender, about 15 minutes.  

Serve it hot with a ranch dip.