Oven Roasted Parmesan Crusted Asparagus

Asaparagus is a springtime garden vegetable most notable for being an excellent source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.  Asparagus is also used for preventing stones in the kidney and bladder and anemia due to folic acid deficiency. Asparagus is a vegetable that pairs beautifully with fish, chicken, and as a standalone snack. Crusted with Parmesan cheese, you have added protein with your veggies.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Wash, and spread asparagus across a baking pan.
  3. Drizzle with heart-healthy oil (I use organic coconut avocado oil)
  4. Sprinkle salt, and black pepper.
  5. Lightly cover asparagus with Parmesan cheese by sprinkling over it like flour
  6. Roast in preheated oven until fork easily punctures thickest part of stem, about 12 minutes.

Weird fact about asparagus: About half of the population has the  gene mutation which accounts for ability to produce and smell the asparagus odor in urine. What does this mean? You may detect the sulfurous odor in your urine immediately after eating asparagus, or for the next day or two. People often described as smelling like boiling or rotting cabbage, or even wondering if they accidentally pooped!

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