I'm usually poking around recipe sites and scanning cookbooks (I have a small library) for a new way to prepare a vegetable side dish. I figure the more ways I present vegetables to my son, the greater the likelihood he will find some versions he likes.
I never really cared for asparagus, but I've found a quick and easy way to prepare it that turns my tastebuds on (and the whole family's, too). It's perfect for nights when there's soccer practice (or swim team in our household) because it takes about one minute to prep and 12 minutes to cook.
one bunch of fresh asparagus
extra virgin olive oil
Wash/dry asparagus and break or cut off the tough, woody stems (usually the bottom one-third of the stalk). They will break easily at the appropriate spot if you just grasp them in both hands and try to snap in half. Make sure you purchase stalks with a smaller diameter; the larger ones are tougher.
Spread out the stalks in a casserole dish. I like to use a stone dish because it adds an extra layer of crispness.
ALDI very inexpensively.
Watch them disappear!
He is risen!