Asparagus is such a healthy, tasty, and often overlooked vegetable. I always remember going to cut our own asparagus in Michigan when I was a kid. I don’t remember liking it quite as much then as I do now though. Asparagus especially shines when you pair it with a smokey flavor. In this recipe I used liquid smoke, which made it extra savory and delicious.
This recipe is quick and easy to throw together. It makes a really great side dish. One pan, only a few basic pantry ingredients, and it comes together quick. One of the most important steps is to make sure you get the almonds nice and toasted but not burnt. Nuts have a high fat content and when they are toasting they tend to go from nothing to black really quickly. Keep a close watch and keep stirring them! You want them to be golden so you get the awesome toasty flavor.
You will feel great about eating this asparagus because it is oil-free, vegan, and gluten-free. Asparagus is high in vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin A. It also has anit- inflammatory properties that are beneficial in preventing disease. Asparagus is also a good source of fiber and can aid your body’s digestive tract by supporting healthy bacteria. Almonds are also a great food to add to your diet because they provide you with healthy fats, fiber, protein, and many nutrients. This is a dish you can be proud to share knowing that it will nourish the health of all those who enjoy it. Lets get started.
Tender and flavorful asparagus with crunchy toasted almonds.
- 1 lb asparagus
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 2 tsp soy sauce (tamari)
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp salt
In a large skillet over medium heat, add garlic and chopped almond. Cook, stirring constantly for 1-2 minutes until both are golden brown.
Pour in soy sauce, liquid smoke, vinegar, and add the asparagus. Cover and allow to steam for 5-7 minute or until asparagus is tender. Add 1 tsp of water if more liquid is necessary. Serve immediately and enjoy.