When it comes to aphrodisiac foods, asparagus is the king! I think that we can all see why people throughout history have given this vegetable that honor, and I mean that literally…
I debated serving the spears with the classic drizzle of a hollandaise sauce, but I just didn’t feel like having to wash the blender or food processor. I’m glad my laziness got the best of me, because I really liked how these turned out.
I decided to go with simple saute in some olive oil and lemon juice, and I have to say that this was some of the best asparagus I’ve ever had. And like the Aphrodisiac Salad, it’s nice and light so you won’t be weighed down after your Valentine’s Day dinner!
You can serve this asparagus on its own as a side dish, use it in sandwich wraps or enjoy it over pasta. Serves 2-4
2 bunches asparagus
about 1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and fresh cracked lemon pepper, to taste (you can also use regular black pepper)
Wash the asparagus, and snap off the woody ends. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, and add the olive oil. Add the asparagus to the pan in a single layer (or saute in batches) with a pinch of salt, and saute, tossing it in the pan, until it turns bright green.
Meanwhile, zest the lemon, and cut a couple slices to set aside for garnish. Juice the rest of the lemon. Add the lemon juice to the pan, and toss the asparagus to coat with the juice. Transfer it to a plate, and sprinkle with salt and lemon pepper to taste. Top with some of the lemon zest and the reserved lemon slices and serve.