Asparagus Salad. I Promise This Is Good.

So you know how in the world of professional makeup sometimes artists use an anti-redness primer under the makeup? It’s supposed to alleviate red splotches on the skin and even out tone? Well guess what. I bought some, and I LOOK INSANE. Put a couple of bolts in my neck and call me Frankie. After some side splitting laughs this morning, I splashed some water on my face and started anew. I have to be doing something wrong.

Back to power foods! Tonight’s salad features not one, not two, but THREE power foods. * applause applause *  I’ll skip the pea talk since we’ve gone over that, but a brief chat about asparagus and mushrooms. The star of the salad, asparagus has vast health benefits, but one surprising find is its possible aid in the libido boost. Ni-eeece. Being the medicinal sponges they are, shiitake mushrooms may even help inhibit the rapid growth of breast and colon cancer cells.

This recipe is straight out of the Power Foods cookbook. I ain’t gerna willy nilly ‘round with this, y’all.

Asparagus Salad with Shiitakes, Shallots and Peas:

What it took for 2:

* 1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed, cut on the diagonal into 2-inch sticks
* 1 cup frozen peas
* 4 oz fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps lightly rinsed
* 3 shallots, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise
* 1 tsp lemon zest, plus 1 Tbs. lemon juice
* 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium. Saute the shallots roughly 3 minutes, stirring often. Add mushrooms and a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute an additional 3 or 4 minutes, until they soften a tad. Transfer to a bowl. Add the lemon zest and toss to combine.

Back in the skillet, bring an inch of water to a boil. Add the asparagus and another pinch of salt. Cover and cook until the asparagus pops with bright green, about 3 minutes. They should be crisp yet tender. Stir in the peas and take off the heat. Drain the water and add the greens to the mushroom bowl. Spritz in the lemon juice and toss to combine. Give it a good drizzle of olive oil too. You know, for happiness. Serve with grilled chicken or a nice pan-seared fish. Life is so good.

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5 Responses to Asparagus Salad. I Promise This Is Good.

  1. Danielle September 18, 2011 at 12:54 am #
    This recipe looks fantastic and I can't wait to try it! About the color corrector... try mixing a little but with your moisturizer if you NEED it all over, but if you don't just put it on the spots that need correcting and follow with your concealer and foundation. The color correctors aren't supposed to be worn by themselves :) I hope this helps!
  2. Sophia December 1, 2011 at 7:49 pm #
    I loved this salad! Very healthy and very good to eat. It was not hard to make and definitely something I will be serving more often to my family! I have small children and have always had them eating veggies since they will able to eat because that is what helps them now love so many different veggies. They even liked this salad!!
    • Bev Weidner December 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm #
      I'm so glad to know you loved it! Thank you so much!
  3. Vicky February 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm #
    Sounds healthy yet delicious! Will have to make this soon!
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