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Asparagus


Posted date: Jan 26, 2021

by: Dianna Padgett
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Asparagus (scientific name Asparagus officinalis) is a perennial flowering plant that has been used as a food and medicine since as far back as 3,000 B.C. Many early cultures imbued it with aphrodisiac properties.1 Today, asparagus is recognized as an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, with few calories or sodium. Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, the amount of each vitamin offered in a serving of asparagus as a percentage of reference daily intakes (RDI) break down as follows:
• Vitamin K: 51% of the RDI
• Folate (vitamin B9): 34% of the RDI
• Thiamine (vitamin B1): 13% of the RDI
• Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 11% of the RDI
Asparagus also provides some vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, potassium, and phosphorus.


Fresh Asparagus Soup

Recipe Summary
prep: 10 mins
cook: 20 mins
total: 30 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients
1 pound fresh asparagus
¾ cup chopped onion
½ cup vegetable broth
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 ¼ cups vegetable broth
1 cup soy milk
½ cup yogurt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese



• Step 1 Place asparagus and onion in a saucepan with 1/2 cup vegetable broth. Bring the broth to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until the vegetables are tender.
• Step 2 Reserve a few asparagus tips for garnish. Place remaining vegetable mixture in an electric blender and puree until smooth.
• Step 3 Melt butter in the pan that was used for simmering the asparagus and onions. Stir while sprinkling flour, salt, and pepper into the butter. Do not let the flour brown. Allow the mixture to cook only 2 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 1/4 cups vegetable broth and increase the heat. Continue stirring until the mixture comes to a boil.
• Step 4 Stir the vegetable puree and milk into the saucepan. Whisk yogurt into the mixture, followed by lemon juice. Stir until heated through, then ladle into bowls. Garnish with reserved asparagus tips. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.
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