No. 31: Baked Asparagus

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1-2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • Spice (see below)

For seasoning, choose one:

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Snap off the woody bottoms of the asparagus. (Hold the asparagus stalks, one at a time, near the cut end, and snap it like kindling. Fortunately the asparagus breaks in just the right spot!)
  • Place asparagus in a single layer on a cookie sheet, and drizzle the olive oil over it. Roll it around to make sure all the stalks are evenly coated, then sprinkle with the spice. Bake until tender or crunchy depending upon your preference, about 12 to 20 minutes.

No. 14: Baked Broccoli

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Fresh broccoli, just enough to serve (this recipe isn't great leftover)
  • Olive oil
  • Spice (see below)
  • Optional: freshly grated Parmesan

THIS RECIPE WORKS BEST WITH:

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 400F. 
  • Chop the broccoli into bite-sized pieces, discarding the tough skin on the stalk. Put it in a big mixing bowl.
  • Drizzle the broccoli with olive oil, tossing it around the bowl to coat. You don't want your broccoli swimming in oil - you just want to lightly coat it. Then, sprinkle with your favorite spice until it's well-seasoned. Make sure each floret gets some spice - that's what makes this recipe so delicious.
  • Empty the contents of the mixing bowl onto a baking sheet, spreading the broccoli out into a single layer. 
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, checking at around 10 minutes to be sure it doesn't burn. If you like it crunchy, take it out just as the florets begin to brown. If you like your broccoli more well done, leave in for another few minutes. You can taste as you go (let it cool for a minute, if you do!)
  • Remove from the oven and toss with freshly grated Parmesan, if you choose.