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10 Incredibly Addictive New Ways to Eat Asparagus

10 Incredibly Addictive New Ways to Eat Asparagus

You can roast it, bake it, broil it, eat it in a salad or even in a dessert.  Asparagus is the quintessential spring vegetable.  There are 20 different varieties, but green asparagus is the most common.  It’s full of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, and it tastes pretty good too.  Here are ten delicious ways to make this green veggie a staple in your diet.

1. With Sour Cream and Garlic

Cream of Asparagus Soup

    Cream of Asparagus Soup

    This recipe can be either a first course or an entre.  It’s easy, has fewer than ten ingredients and takes less than an hour to prep and cook.

    2. With Parmesan and Olive Oil

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      Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

      The Barefoot Contessa can make even the most simple of recipes look elegant and impressive.  You’re basically covering the asparagus with olive oil, a little salt and pepper and parmesan cheese.  You stick it in the oven at 400 degrees for 15–20 minutes and that’s it.  A perfect side that will compliment any dish.

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      3. With Bacon

      asparagus bacon

        Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

        This is a no-brainer.  Seriously, you know that anything with “bacon-wrapped” in the title is going to be delicious and the fact that it’s asparagus means you’re getting some nutrition in there as well.

        4. With Olive Oil and Spices

        roasted asparagus

          Roasted Asparagus

          This is another Barefoot Contessa dish.  All you need is the asparagus, olive oil and a little salt and pepper.  You can even add some slices of fresh garlic if you want a little more flavor.  That’s it.  I’ll make this at least three times a week.  It’s a recipe that never gets old and couldn’t be easier.

          5. With Heavy Cream, Butter and Parmesan

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            Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus

            Butter, heavy cream, pasta, parmesan; you blend them all together and get one delicious meal.  Once you throw some cooked asparagus in there, you’ll turn this yummy pasta dish into a meal packed with vitamins A, B, C and K.

            6. With Canola Oil and Dijon Mustard

            vinaigrette

              Asparagus Vinaigrette

              Boiled asparagus is blended with mustard, canola oil, lemon juice, chives and salt and pepper.  You can add it to a salad or even use it as a marinade for steak, chicken and salmon.

              7. With Pine Nuts and Parmesan

              asparagus pesto

                Asparagus Pesto

                You’ll only need about 20 minutes and a food processor to whip this up.  You just combine cooked asparagus with pine nuts, parmesan, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice.  You can toss it over pasta or like the vinaigrette, it makes a tasty, light marinade for chicken or fish.  You can even brush it on vegetables to cook on the grill this summer.

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                8. With Sliced Tomatoes and Prosciutto

                asparagus tartine

                  Asparagus-Cheese Tartines

                  This open-faced sandwich combines asparagus, tomatoes and three kinds of gooey, melted cheese over toasted bread.  It’ll take you about a half hour to put everything together and pop it under the broiler.  This is the best kind of recipe; it’s delicious and easy, but it’ll look like you’ve been in the kitchen all day.

                  9. With Green Peas

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                    Asparagus Flan

                    You’ve heard of rhubarb pie and zucchini bread, so why not a dessert made from asparagus?  You’ll need heavy cream, parmesan cheese, peas, asparagus and a few other ingredients.  You blend them all together in a food processor, pour the mix into ramekins and pop them in the oven.  You’ll end up with a light yet savory dessert.

                    10. With Cilantro and Greek Yogurt

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                    asparagus guacamole

                      Asparagus Guacamole

                      If you want to cut out some calories, you can substitute avocado with asparagus in your guacamole.  This recipe calls for cooked asparagus, lemon juice, Greek yogurt and spices mixed in a food processor.  You then stir in the remaining ingredients and set aside to chill.  You can make this with nachos, or use it as a sandwich spread or just eat it with chips.  It’s a light, healthy, summer snack that’s packed with vitamins and nutrients.

                      Asparagus is loaded with fiber, folate, vitamins A, B, C and K and studies say that it may help protect against and fight certain forms of cancer.  Face it, if more people snacked on asparagus instead of sugary snacks and processed food, this world would be a healthier place.

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                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                      2. Stress Relief

                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                      3. Improved Sleep

                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                      4. Appetite Control

                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                      5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                      6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                      Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                      7. Mosquito Repellant

                      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                      8. Pain Relief

                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                      9. The New Anti-Viral

                      Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                      10. Improved Cognitive Function

                      Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                      11. Money Saving

                      With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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