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ASPARAGUS (GENERIC)

Category:    Vegetables, Low-cal
Yield: 1 servings
 
      1 x  Asparagus                       1 1/2 lb For 4 servings.
 
  Asparagus is low-calorie and spiked with vitamins A &b C. Allow about To
  Prepare: Break off tough ends as far down as stalks snap easily. For
  spears, tie with string. Or, cut each stalk into 1 inch pieces. Cooking
  Spears: In deep, narrow pan or asparagus pot, heat 1" salted water to
  boiling. Place asparagus upright in pot. Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Boil
  uncovered for 5 minutes. Cover and boil 2-3 minutes longer. Drain. Cooking
  pieces: Cook lower stalk pieces uncovered in 1" boiling water for 6
  minutes. Add tips, cover, and cook until tender, about 1-2 minutes. Drain.
  Steaming: Place steamer or basket in 1/2" water (water should not touch
  basket). Place asparagus in basket. Cover tightly and heat to boiling.
  Reduce heat and steam until tender, about 6 minutes. Microwave: Cover and
  nuke asparagus spears or 1" pieces and 1/4 c water in 2 qt casserole on
  high 4 minutes. Turn asparagus over. Cover and nuke until tender crisp,
  about 3 minutes longer. Let stand 1 minute and drain.
 

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