Asparagus is a light and healthy vegetable that makes a good Thanksgiving dinner starter or side dish. In addition, asparagus has many health benefits. According to the World’s Healthiest Foods Web site, asparagus is loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds, both of which help keep the circulatory and nervous system in good working order and reduce the risk of diseases like diabetes and cancer. Asparagus is also low in calories – a one-cup serving has about 40 calories – and it is high in fiber. Asparagus contains no fat or cholesterol and it is loaded with vitamins.
One of the easiest ways to cook asparagus is to roast it. First wash, then trim the asparagus by removing the tougher portion found at the bottom of the spear. Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil into a baking dish and arrange the spears over the oil. Sprinkle the spears with a little more olive oil, grated cheese, oregano, and salt and pepper. Roast in a 350 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes.