- It may help protect against and fight certain forms of cancer, such as bone, breast, colon, larynx and lung cancers.
- Asparagus is packed with antioxidants, ranking among the top fruits and vegetables for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals
For this recipe, I blanched my asparagus to retain most of its nutrients. To do this, boil enough water to cover the asparagus. While the water is coming to a boil, trim your asparagus (there is a natural place on the stem where each will snap, or you can cut them all evenly). Once your water is boiling, put your asparagus in the water for 2-3 minutes (depending on how thick your stems are). Drain the asparagus and immediately transfer it to an ice bath (ice water in a bowl). This will stop the cooking process, and keep the asparagus nice an crunchy, but still cooked. If you like, you can retain the water you boiled (it may be a bit green with the nutrients) and cook some quinoa or other grain in the leftover nutrient-rich water.
Strawberry Basil Dressing
Makes 1 cup of dressing
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend. If you desire a thinner consistency, add small amounts of water until desired thickness.
When I made this for my demo at Whole Foods last week, I used 1 TB of honey mustard and 1 TB of Dijon. It was a total hit! The avocado helps to take some of the tang out of the mustard and softens the sweetness of the strawberries.