Easter Dinner Options: Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Bacon has gotten a bad rap. In all foods there are good, better and best choices. In the world of bacon there is cured commercial bacon full of nitrites, nitrates and growth hormones; there is uncured commercial bacon with no nitrites, nitrates or growth hormone; and there is locally grown, pasture raised bacon naturally cured by a farmer.
Right now, I shoot for the second or third option. If you can leave the chemicals and hormones out you are dealing with basic pork, salt, a little sugar and seasonings.
If you are still concerned about FAT you need to go to my website and read the articles about healthy fat and how much we need it. Again, fat is not the enemy. Sugar is. A healthy diet and lifestyle DOES NOT need to be lacking in bacon!
Ok. Let’s get on with it. Bacon is not necessarily the star of this show!
The recipe I want to share with you this week is really about asparagus. This may not be one of your favorites, but it could be! Asparagus is one of the first spring veggies so it will be arriving fresh to your stores and local markets very soon. With this recipe you will be armed and ready to enjoy some great nutrients.
Asparagus holds properties that act as antioxidants helping the body fight disease, even shrink tumor growth. There is a lot of research supporting how asparagus supports the immune system, is anti-inflammatory, aides the pancreas in Type 2 diabetes and helps lower blood pressure.
Asparagus is highly perishable so store it in the fridge with the ends wrapped in wet paper towel. Use as soon as possible. Asparagus contains tons of vitamin K as well as folate, copper, B vitamins, selenium and vitamin C.
I tend to overcook asparagus and then it tastes like mush. In the recipe below the asparagus turns out perfectly cooked and with the added bacon it is a palate pleaser – even for kids!
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes
1 pound asparagus, bottoms trimmed to fresh green stalk
8 ounces regular sliced bacon (thick cut will not cook properly here)
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Adjust the length of your bacon strips to fit your asparagus. If your asparagus is very thin you can wrap 2-3 skinny stalks with 1 strip of bacon. You can also cut your bacon to create additional strips for extra stalks. Work the bacon and asparagus to your preference.
- Arrange the bacon-wrapped asparagus on the baking sheet so they don’t touch.
- Bake for 20–25 minutes, depending on the thickness of your spears. When the bacon has browned the asparagus should be completely cooked.
- Serve and enjoy!