Parmesan Crusted Asparagus

Asparagus is packed with nutrients and is beneficial when added to any type of diet. Asparagus is an excellent source of fiber and vitamins A, C, E and K. Asparagus helps rid the body of excess salts and is packed with antioxidants. Are you looking to relieve yourself from bloating and retained water weight? Add asparagus to your diet and you will see why this vegetable is a key ingredient to any healthy and balanced diet.

Let’s face it asparagus is not everyone’s go to vegetable. The good thing about asparagus is that there are so many ways to cook it and change it up. You can chop it up and throw it in a stir fry, bake it with your favorite seasonings, or add it to your favorite casserole. This recipe is my favorite way to prepare asparagus. Parmesan Crusted Asparagus compliments any dish. This healthy and nutrient packed side dish will keep you wanting more.

Parmesan Crusted Asparagus

Total time: 15 minutes

Yields: 4 servings (8-10 stalks per serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bundle of asparagus
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and cut the hard ends off of asparagus.
  2. Spray a baking sheet with non stick cooking spray. Place washed and cut asparagus onto baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil evenly over asparagus. Follow with 1-2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Add to oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until desired doneness.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

The holidays are a time to enjoy good food and good company. I think it’s safe to say that we all gain a few pounds around November and December. The mix of unhealthy food and a hectic schedule is what does it for me. I let myself indulge a little around the holidays, however, there are ways to make holiday dishes healthier.

I compiled a list of healthy Thanksgiving recipes that I hope you will try and enjoy. These healthy recipes include low fat, gluten free, reduced sodium, and sugar free versions of your favorite recipes. Enjoy the holidays while keeping off those extra pounds.

Fit Men Cook’s Hearty Protein Cornbread is the perfect recipe for those that like to enjoy bread on Thanksgiving. With 8 grams of protein per serving you can indulge while feeding those muscles.

 

100 Days of Real Food’s Sweet Potato Casserole is a healthy spin to the traditional Thanksgiving side dish. A typical sweet potato casserole is loaded with unnecessary sugars and fat. You can dig into this delicious sweet potato casserole without feeling guilty.

Wellness Mama’s Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes is an option for those that are seeking low carb Thanksgiving side dishes. I am sure we will all overload on carbs a little bit this holiday but why not opt for a side that is lower in carbohydrates and higher in nutrients and protein?

 

Fit Men Cook’s Ezekiel Bread Stuffing is just as good, if not better, than store bought stuffing. This stuffing is packed with protein and nutrients that you will not find in your typical stuffing. You can easily make this dish gluten free by using Ezekiel’s gluten free bread.

Looking for a healthier vegetable side dish? Give Dextonista’s Clean Green Bean Casserole a try. Green bean casserole is one of my favorite dishes but I know it is usually loaded with sodium and extra fat. This guilt free version has all the flavors without the added sodium and fat.

My very own Parmesan Crusted Asparagus is an excellent option for a healthier Thanksgiving side dish. Asparagus is loaded with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. It also helps flush your body of extra sodium and can relieve bloating. Sound too good to be true? Asparagus might just help relieve you of that Thanksgiving bloat.

You can’t fully enjoy Thanksgiving without having dessert. Busy But Healthy’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Protein Bars will satisfy that sweet tooth while providing protein and nutrients.

I found a dessert that is gluten and dairy free with all of the sweet flavors we look for in a dessert. Raia’s Recipes’ Fudgy Black Bean Brownies will be a favorite for those that have food allergies to gluten or dairy.

We have a high protein and a gluten and dairy free dessert but what about sugar free options? I found a No Bake Sugar Free Cheesecake on All Recipes. This is a great option for anyone that is diabetic or one that might want a sugar free option on Thanksgiving.

This list of healthy Thanksgiving recipes would not be complete without an alcoholic beverage. Family Fresh Cooking’s Tipsy Lemonade Iced Tea will help wash all of that delicious Thanksgiving food down. I come from a southern family and we always have sweet tea on Thanksgiving. This is a nice twist for the adults on Thanksgiving. This recipe includes natural sweetener so you can enjoy yourself without drinking a cocktail full of added sugar.

I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving 🙂