How to Saute Asparagus so Your Kids Will Actually Eat It!

by NaturalDeets
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So I have a crazy question for you… Have you ever had trouble feeding your kids sauteed asparagus? I warned you it was crazy! What if I promised to show you how to saute asparagus that your kids will actually eat?

Well, read on my friend…

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Even my kids, who actually like specific parts of asparagus, cringe when I mention asparagus for dinner (they always forget that the like it until they try it again…smh). 

But lets be real. Even some adults have a hard time eating it. I’m convinced it stems from a past event when it wasn’t prepared correctly.

My first experience with asparagus was canned…yuck!

What Part of Asparagus Do You Eat?

It’s funny…the top of the asparagus can taste different from the bottom. I have 2 kids, one likes the tops and one like the bottoms. It works out well because I just cut off the tops and separate them accordingly.

But do this enough, and you will start to go crazy! After a while I couldn’t stand cutting the tops off ever spear and I started cutting the entire piece of asparagus into bite sized pieces. 

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That’s when we started using a line that we stole from Preschool “You get what you get and you don’t get upset!”

That worked until they were about 6 and then just the line itself made them upset. But at least it got us through dinner for a few years! #smallwins

Can I Eat Raw Asparagus? 

Go ahead and try it! Just joking, don’t do it! I may not be able to convince you to try this recipe if you do.

For the record, it tastes disgusting raw. It is hard and fibrous and tastes like a weed. But don’t worry, because it is one of those vegetables that are healthier once cooked. Which means there is no reason to choke it down raw.  

You can read more about the health benefits of asparagus HERE

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Cooking asparagus enhances it’s antioxidant properties. Important for preventing diseases like cancer. 

Do You Have to Peel Asparagus Before Cooking? 

Absolutely not. The only thing you need to do before cooking asparagus is to cut off the bottom of the stalk.

There are chefs who will tell you to bend the asparagus stem and let it naturally snap towards the bottom. This is how I was taught too. 

But I have found that you waste a lot of the asparagus by doing this. It is much more efficient to line the bunch up and cut about 3 inches off the bottom. Discard the bottoms. 

how to cook asparagus

Once you discard the bottoms, you can start chopping the asparagus or just cook the stalks. Try roasting asparagus in your oven. Preheat the oven to 400°, add olive oil and salt and pepper and cook for about 8-10 minutes.

Easy and delicious! But not necessarily kid friendly

How Do You Know When Asparagus is Done Cooking?

The best way to tell that asparagus is done cooking is to poke it with a fork. It should also be a bright green. If it is tender (basically, if you can poke it) it is done.

Under cooked asparagus will be difficult to poke with a fork. 

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The trick to feeding kids anything is to make it fun. Fun can come in the form of small, bite sized pieces of food. It also makes it a perfect side dish!

In this case, I cut the asparagus on a diagonal into 1/4 inch pieces. Cutting on a diagonal also increases the surface area of the most tender part of the asparagus and makes it easier to eat. 

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Next, I heated a small amount of olive oil in a saute pan over medium high heat. I added the asparagus and salt and pepper. Then saute for 3 minutes. 

Once the asparagus is tender, put it in a serving dish, squeeze the juice of 1/4 lemon over the asparagus and top with lemon zest and fresh parsley. 

That’s it! It sounds fancy but everyone likes this recipe, including the kids…and the dog! Now give it a try and sit back as your family tries it without complaining! 

Try serving Asparagus with these dishes:

Make Ahead Dairy Free Caprese Quiche

15 Minute Tofu Stir Fry

Healthy Bison Burgers

Stuffed Kale Leaves​​​

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Easy Sauteed Asparagus

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Easy sauteed asparagus that your family will actually eat!

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Bunch Asparagus
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley, Chopped
  • 1/4 Lemon, Juiced
  • Lemon Zest, Optional
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the ends off the asparagus and discard the stems
  2. Cut the asparagus on a diagonal into 1/4 inch pieces
  3. Heat Olive Oil in a saute pan over medium high heat
  4. Add the asparagus and salt and pepper. Saute for 3 minutes, or until tender
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Squeeze the lemon juice over the asparagus. Top with fresh parsley and lemon zest
  7. Serve and Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 people
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Saturated Fat: 2gSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

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14 comments

Jennifer June 20, 2019 - 3:03 pm

Yes!! I’m so going to try this! Off to get some asparagus…….

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NaturalDeets June 20, 2019 - 3:10 pm

Let me know how it goes!

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Erika June 20, 2019 - 4:18 pm

5 stars
Great tips. Getting kids to eat their veggies can often be challenging!

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NaturalDeets June 21, 2019 - 11:10 pm

It sure can be! 🙂

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Colleen June 20, 2019 - 4:52 pm

5 stars
I love asparagus, but I haven’t tried to give this my son yet. I’ll have to give this a try 🙂

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angela June 20, 2019 - 11:27 pm

Asparagus is the ONE veggie that all 3 of my kids still will not eat! I have tried it a ton of ways and keep trying. I have yet to cut it in these small pieces so will try that next – thanks

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NaturalDeets June 21, 2019 - 11:10 pm

Good luck! I think kids, in general, are difficult when it comes to asparagus. Luckily they like this recipe!

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Morgan June 21, 2019 - 2:34 am

5 stars
I love all of the helpful tips you share! This looks like a delicious way to enjoy asparagus!

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Angela Greven | Mean Green Chef June 21, 2019 - 10:43 am

5 stars
Love that your kiddos eat fresh food, ours always did too! A super way to get them into the asparagus groove, we typically roast ours with evoo, sea salt, and pepper. Also, great tip on adding lemon zest, yum! ?

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NaturalDeets June 21, 2019 - 11:08 pm

Great Tip! I love how the asparagus tips get crunchy in the oven too!

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Pauline June 22, 2019 - 6:00 am

I’ll have to try this. I usually just do olive oil with parm. I’m super lucky that my kids love veggies and asparagus is one of their favorites.

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NaturalDeets June 22, 2019 - 4:46 pm

Parm on anything in the oven takes it up another level!

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fitoru January 29, 2020 - 12:21 am

5 stars
thanks for the tips. We in the family loves asparagus .

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NaturalDeets February 4, 2020 - 3:44 am

I’m glad it was helpful!

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