Asparagus with Red Pepper Sauce is delicious, beautiful, easy to do ahead for a crowd and packed with nutrients making this a diabetes-healthy delight.

Asparagus with Red Pepper SaucePrep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Ready In: 40 min

Servings: 4

Ingredients
2 large Red Bell Peppers, cored and seeded, coarsely chopped
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp Raspberry Vinegar
1 tbsp chopped fresh Basil
½ tsp Salt
freshly Ground Black Pepper
1-1/2 lbs fresh Asparagus

Directions
Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add peppers and garlic; cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until peppers are softened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Place in blender or food processor and purée until smooth; stir in vinegar, basil, salt and pepper. Cook asparagus spears in boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes until crisp-tender; drain. Spoon red pepper sauce on a platter and arrange asparagus over sauce. Garnish with thin slices of bell pepper, basil and Parmesan if desired.

Tips & Notes
Asparagus folklore credits the delicious green spears with everything from curing toothaches to being a reproductive tonic. Today we know that just 5 stalks of asparagus is an excellent source of folic acid, a B vitamin that is associated with a decreased risk of neural tube birth defects. Asparagus also is a good source of vitamin C and carotenoids. Our bodies use some carotenoids to make vitamin A, while others are strong disease-fighting antioxidants.
Quick cooking best preserves the distinctive taste and nutritional bang of asparagus. Choose spears that are about the same size so they will cook evenly. Break or cut off the tough ends of the asparagus and rinse the spears thoroughly in cool water to be sure they are free of sand. At this point you are only minutes away from enjoying this simple, but elegant vegetable.
You can microwave asparagus, stir-fry them, cook them in boiling water or roast them in a hot oven (450 degrees) with a little olive oil. But it only takes a few minutes until they are crisp-tender, so check them after about 4 minutes.
Warm asparagus are delicious with a little olive oil or butter and a squeeze of lemon juice. The nutty flavor of toasted sesame seeds is also a good match with the fresh taste of asparagus.
A bowl of chilled asparagus is an invitation to create a wonderful salad or finger food. Wrap them with thin slices of ham, pair them with tomatoes and hard cooked eggs or top asparagus with thin rings of red onions. The opportunities are endless and the results always taste great.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 135
Protein: 5g
Fat: 5g
Carbohydrate: 2g
Cholesterol: 0mg;
Fiber: 6g
Sodium: 450mg

Source: Produce for Better Health Foundation/NAPS

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