Roasted Lemon Asparagus is an easy and delicious Keto and Low Carb
Spring is coming!! Well, sorta. I am looking outside the window of Foyer (a café in Cleveland) and it’s raining so it doesn’t look or feel like Spring yet. However, it’s almost April and it will be here soon which also means; Asparagus season!!
I don’t know about you, but I love Asparagus. Minus the fact that it makes your pee smell bad. Speaking of which, do you know why that is? I have always wondered, so I looked it up. Here is what Dr. Google says:
Asparagus contains an acid called Asparagusic acid and when our bodies break it down it releases sulfur which leads to a strong smell. Ironically, not everyone has the gene that causes their urine to smell after eating Asparagus, which would explain some of the odd looks I’ve had in the past after I told people about my pee smelling bad.
Anyway, I don’t care, I still love it. I especially love it when it’s roasted and topped with lemon, lots of salt, lemon zest and pepper! Yum!
The best part is that this is one of the easiest asparagus recipes. All you need to do is toss the asparagus in olive oil, season it well, top it with lemon juice and zest and roast it! Simple and delicious! You can even add Parmasean cheese on top if you aren’t dairy-free, that makes it even better!
Roasted Lemon Asparagus is a staple in our house because it goes well with most proteins, is very easy to prepare and complies with my Ketogenic lifestyle. Anytime I ask my husband to buy a vegetable, he buys asparagus, probably because there is not much prep work involved.
What are the benefits of Asparagus?
- Lots of fiber (helps you poop)
- Great source of folate
- Contains vitamins A, C, E and K
- Great at regulating blood sugar (this is important if you are following a Keto or Low Carb lifestyle)
Do you have to wash Asparagus before cooking it?
Yes. Rinse it under cold water to remove any dirt or residue.
How do you prepare and store asparagus?
After you have washed the asparagus, try it with a kitchen towel and cut off about an inch of the bottom which is known as the woody part. It’s really tough and not easy to chew.
The best way to store asparagus to keep it fresh is to place it into a container of water and cover it loosely with plastic.
Can you eat Asparagus raw?
Technically, yes. However, I don’t like the taste of it raw unless I’m using it in a salad with dressing. I would at least blanch it for a few minutes if I was making it for a cold salad.
What is your favorite way to eat asparagus? Comment below!Print
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Wash the asparagus under cold water and remove the woody part from the ends.
- Lay asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Mix well.
- Top with lemon juice and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper.
- Roast for 15 min.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 83
- Fat: 7g
- Carbohydrates: 5g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 3g
Keywords: Aspargus, Roasted Lemon Asparagus, Keto Side Dish