There are not a lot of vegetables that make me drool.

I do love roasting vegetables and I could probably eat sweet potato casserole every day for the rest of my life (which hardly counts because it tastes so sweet!). But there aren’t that many vegetable recipes that I actually crave.

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This is one of them.

This asparagus recipe is about as easy as it gets, and it doesn’t call for many ingredients, but it’s still a completely crave-worthy side dish. It’s not uncommon for this to be on my dinner plate more than once a week in the summertime. It tastes great with grilled chicken or steak!

Grilled Asparagus | Get Sweet Smart

In my family, there’s an ongoing debate about how long to grill these asparagus spears. I like them to be caramelized, but my brother likes them burnt to a literal crisp (See photos below). I’ll eat them either way, but I prefer to still taste the asparagus, unlike some others! Ha.

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We do agree how much we love this recipe, though! When my family is all together, we use two full pounds of asparagus…actually, as long as there are more than three of us, it’s two pounds. You can definitely halve the recipe below if you don’t think your household can eat a whole recipe. Since Sam’s Club and Costco typically sell two- or three-pound bunches, I usually think it’s just as convenient to make a double batch. The leftovers aren’t bad, either, but we usually don’t have any.

I am ready for grilling season to commence after this long winter – how about you? What’s your favorite thing to grill in the summertime?

Grilled Asparagus | Get Sweet Smart
GRILLED ASPARAGUS
Yield: 4 generous servings

INGREDIENTS:
2 lbs. fresh asparagus
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat grill.

Snap ends off asparagus. (They should naturally break off at the right spot when you apply pressure at the end.) 

Place in a large bowl and toss with oil, garlic, and salt.

Place asparagus directly on preheated grill and cook for 5-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Asparagus is done when it starts to brown (or charred, if that's your thing - to each his own!:)).

Transfer asparagus to a serving plate and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Nutrition Info:
Calories: 83.9
Total Fat: 4.3 g
Cholesterol: 1 mg
Sodium: 318.2 mg
Potassium: 553.4 mg
Total Carbs: 9.6 g
Protein: 5.2 g


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