Asparagus and Peppers - This is a simple and nourishing side dish that compliments most all mains. Super yummy!

Very Simple Asparagus & Peppers

I wasn’t sure what I’d write about tonight. As we both worked together in the kitchen on dinner, I asked Hubby for some ideas for my blog post. He said, “That! That asparagus you make is amazing.”

Oh…really!? I mean, we eat asparagus a fair amount around here, but I never knew that he thought it was amazing. It’s so simple that it never even crossed my mind to share it. Maybe he’s right, though. He actually brought up a very good point about real food recipes we find online.

It seems like a lot of real food bloggers end up posting pretty difficult or obscure recipes that can lose their audiences (keeping it real…I know that I am guilty of this, too). Sometimes it’s nice to find an easy, straightforward, healthy, *real* food recipe you can whip up quickly. I mean, maybe what is a normal, easy, expected side dish for my family will be new to yours. Agree?

Alrighty then, I’d like to share one of those recipes with you now.

Very Simple Asparagus & Peppers
Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of organic asparagus
  • 1/2 organic red and 1/2 yellow bell peppers (or green, orange, whatever)
  • 2 T ume plum vinegar (like this)
  • 2 T grass-fed butter
  • 1 T coconut oil, melted (or other healthy oil)
  • 1 T dried, minced onion (like this)
  • 1 T garlic powder (like this)
  • 1 t dried basil (like this)
  • 1 t dried parsley (like this)
  • 1 t adobo seasoning (like this)
  • 1 t white pepper (like this)
Make It:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Wash asparagus and break off the ends (they will naturally break where they are meant to break…don’t use the woody ends).
  • Cut asparagus into about 2-inch pieces.
  • Cut peppers into about 2-inch strip pieces.
  • Place your veggies in a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Sprinkle all other ingredients in the baking dish (except the butter).
  • Roll everything around to coat well.
  • Now add spats of butter on top and cover the dish with foil.
  • Pop into the oven and set the timer for 20 minutes.
  • Check your goodies and move things around with a fork. Are they done to your liking (depending on if you like them more firm or more soft)?
  • Pop back into the oven if needed (I usually end up at 30 minutes or so for our liking).
  • Take out and dig in.

Tonight we had chicken thighs (our favorite part of the chicken) on the grill that had been marinated in my Homemade, Zesty BBQ Sauce. Delish and crazy simple. It took me probably 2 minutes to rinse and coat the chicken so it could marinate. I left it marinate on the counter for probably 30 minutes. That’s when I put the asparagus and pepper dish together, which took probably 10 minutes.

We like the above listed spices, but you can certainly improvise. In fact, please do and let me know what you like best! That is the nice thing about a recipe like this. You don’t always have to follow the spices to a ‘T’ because you can add more or less (or change completely) what works for your tastebuds.

I will say that the ume plum vinegar is quite sweet, so you wouldn’t want to add more (unless you love sweet asparagus, which you might, and that’s okay). I have mentioned this vinegar before (here in this post about how to cook the perfect steak). This is one obscure ingredient that you may not have heard of before, but I encourage you to get to know it. It is lightly fermented (which is a good thing for our bodies) and it is very versatile for marinades, especially when it comes to meat.

Seriously though, healthy, *real* food does not have to be difficult. It can be, and that can be fun, but sometimes all we need is a simple *real* dish that almost anyone can make. Are you with me on this?

What is your favorite easy, go-to, *real* dish at your home? I’d love to hear!

Until next time…

xoxo,
Jess, aka Scratch Mommy


This post was shared at- Clean Cupcake Crusade, Sunday School Blog Carnival, Pennywise Platter Thursday, Real Food Wednesday.

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