Confession time…

Ok y’all… (I’m allowed.. I’m a southern gal)

I have a confession…  For you foodies and health nuts, hold onto your hats and don’t be a hater…

All my life, the ONLY way i have ever really enjoyed veggies is with ranch dressing slathered on them… Yeah, I’m that kid/gal/woman…. I get disapproving stares and nicknames like “The Condiment Queen”.  I have also almost got into fisticuffs with a Subway owner when I asked for extra mayo… that is another story entirely.

well my dear readers, I actually ate a veggie the other night WITHOUT ranch dressing.  I think my husband nearly had a heart attack.  We concocted a meal that required NO ranch and only a dollop of sour cream. (It starts with a spoon and a dollop.. a dollop.. a dollop.. of Daisy…)  The menu was as follows :

  • steaks- incredibly seasoned and grilled  by my dear hubby.. My in home grill master.
  • Twice baked “scalloped” potatoes. (This was the dollop of sour cream.. really.. what is a potato without sour cream?)
  • Roasted Asparagus

The roasted asparagus was gone immediately.  It smelled so incredible while cooking and it was SO very easy.  Hubby and i are now sold on the properties of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.  Even with a pinch of this expensive (well to me.. 13 dollars for a cheese was definitely a splurge) cheese this asparagus dish was transformed into heaven.  I have no pics mainly because the stuff got eaten so quickly, and i have crappy cameras and i am SO very ashamed of my picture-taking ability, BUT.. here is what I did to it… If you are bored by veggies, THIS is a recipe to try.

Ingredients:

  • Asparagus (duh)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (do NOT skimp on this.. regular Parmesan would not have enough flavor)

Preheat your oven to 400.

Place asparagus on a pan or baking sheet then drizzle with olive oil.  Salt and pepper to your taste.  We love fresh ground salt and pepper so I’m not sure the table kind would do well.  To each his own though.

Cook for 15-20 minutes depending on how you like your asparagus.

Take that tasty green heaven out of the oven and squeeze a bit of lemon juice all over.  Grate a bit of that fancy cheese over it and DONE.. Serve it up!

I promise you, if you love asparagus you NEED to eat it this way… IN.CRED.IBLE.

I think i am going to try to roast some green beans this way.  Anyone else have any suggestions on other veggies that might be good prepared this way?

love as thou wilt,

Liz

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