We Eat | Asparagus!

It's so funny that I used to hate asparagus as a kid, I mean, really despise it. It does have a funny taste, but now I can't wait for spring when we can have asparagus several times a week. It's been at the farmers market for weeks already so we've been eating it a lot. I haven't really given it to the babies by itself as it's so stringy, but I've incorporated it into many meals for us, some of which they've gotten a taste of.



Asparagus Quesadillas
-Trader Joe's handmade tortillas
-slices of fontina cheese
-grilled asparagus spears


I like to grill up quesadillas on the stove top with some butter.


W&G were fans! Great for lunch and easy to have the basic ingredients on hand. It can also easily be filled with other things like chopped up roasted vegetables.





Shaved Asparagus Pizza with Prosciutto & Cherry Tomatoes
recipe featured on If These Pots Could Talk here



I used a premade cornmeal crust you can get at the Ferry Building farmers market, or at Whole Foods (at least in San Francisco).

The babies ate chopped up pizza for lunch several days after we made this for dinner.


Slow-Roasted Halibut with Shaved Asparagus & Fennel Salad
from bon appetit recipe 



W&G had leftover fish the next day, but there wasn't any asparagus salad left (you need to shave a LOT just to make two portions).

Salmon with Asparagus, Halloumi and Chickpea Farro Salad  
based on Closet Cooking recipe here


Lemon Risotto with Shrimp & Asparagus 
recipe features on If These Pots Could Talk here


W&G got the risotto in an easier-to-eat form, arancini (risotto balls). Basically I combined some of the cooled risotto with an egg yolk, a little more parmesan cheese, and then formed into balls. Then I rolled the balls in baby oatmeal (could also use breadcrumbs). I fried these up over medium heat until golden-brown. I tried one, sooo good!



Angel Hair Pasta with Prosciutto, Asparagus & Crushed Red Pepper


Not much of a recipe here. I used to always make Shrimp Pasta on those nights when we didn't have much in the fridge or I didn't feel like making anything more exciting. I now keep a package of prosciutto from Trader Joe's in the freezer, so this was quick and easy to pull together.

And finally, the limited-time Asparagus focaccia from Acme Bread at the Ferry Building. So good! The boys liked it but they mostly got the bread part. I still worry about the asparagus being a choking hazard, especially since I didn't have a knife to cut it down.



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