In the South Arm Community Kitchen, Minoo prepared three recipes. They are simple recipes for a lazy hot summer day which we eagerly anticipate. It has been a cool spring this year.
For the main dish, Minoo selected a Pasta with Asparagus recipe because asparagus is in season.
Asparagus is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables in existence. It leads nearly all produce items in the wide array of nutrients it supplies in significant amounts for a healthy diet.
Asparagus is the leading supplier among vegetables of folic acid. A 5.3 ounce serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folacin which is necessary for blood cell formation, growth, and prevention of liver disease. Folacin has been shown to play a significant role in the prevention of neural tube defects, such as spinal bifida, that cause paralysis and death in 2,500 babies each year.
Besides folic acid, asparagus is a also a good source of potassium, a significant source of thiamin and vitamin B6. It is also one of the richest source of rutin, a component which strengthens capillary walls.
It’s wealth of nutrients, fiber and very low sodium, no fat or cholesterol and low calorie content make asparagus a nutritionally wise choice for today’s health-conscious consumer.
- 1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms
- 8 ounces angel hair pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste