Feel Satisfied Without Compromising Nutritional Value
Since asparagus have come into season here in the Northeast, I’ve been a bit obsessed! It has found its way onto our table in soup, in quinoa, straight from the grill, in omelets, simply sautéed in olive oil and garlic, and in a myriad of other ways.
Asparagus is as nutritious as it is beautiful and versatile. Although asparagus can taste sweet, it is very low on the glycemic index, and high in fiber, making it ideal for those watching their sugar intake. Asparagus is high in vitamin K which helps prevent the hardening of arteries, is crucial for building healthy bones, and is an adjunct to vitamin D, which many of us are deficient in. In addition, it is low in saturated fat, and very low in sodium and cholesterol and high in many vitamins and minerals including Calcium and Magnesium.
Asparagus has more appeal than it’s health content. It is tasty, yet can adapt to the flavors needed in any recipe. While garlic is a natural pair, asparagus goes extremely well with thyme. Since it’s been colder than usual this past week, I’ve been craving hearty, creamy food more than usual.
So, I’ve been making this creamy asparagus soup. It addresses my need to feel satisfied yet doesn’t compromise in the nutrition department. This recipe can be made in advance, but it’s quick and simple and therefore can be made at the last minute too! A win-win-win by anyone’s counting! By adding the asparagus garnish to the pureed soup it’s company worthy too!