All hail the mighty asparagus. This unlikeliest of vegetable is actually a powerhouse of goodness. Here’s why:
Packing around half its calories from protein, asparagus is the smart guy’s way to get a little extra. Try it dipped in runny eggs for breakfast or dripping in mayonnaise any time of the day.
2. Lose weight
With each spear containing just four calories, you can munch away to your heart’s content. It’s also very low in fat: 80g of cooked asparagus contains 0.6g of fat. Seven spears count as one portion towards your five-a-day. Nuff said.
3. Fight disease
Asparagus is high in vitamin A, folic acid and dietary fibre, which are all thought to play a vital role in fighting cancer. Asparagus also contains high levels of potassium, which may help control blood pressure, and is rich in rutin and iron which boost the body’s immune system. It’s also cholesterol free. We could go on but the next reason is all you need to know.
4. Love it
Like oysters and chocolate, asparagus has long been viewed as one horny beast of a vegetable. The science behind the claim? Inability to reach orgasm in both men and women has been linked to a lack of histamines. And histamine production is thought to be triggered by folic acid, something asparagus is high in. Meaning if you steam your asparagus, it won’t be the only steam you let off.
- Serves: 12 spears
- 12 asparagus spears
- 6 prosciutto slices/strips
- A little ghee for frying
- Wash asparagus and cut 2 cm off the ends. Cut prosciutto strips into two halves, going lengthways, you should end up with 12 strips.
- Place each prosciutto strip on a chopping board at a 45 degree angle. Place one of the asparagus spears on top of the meat, perpendicular to it. The tip of the asparagus should be lined up with the bottom of the prosciutto strip. Wrap the bottom end of prosciutto over the asparagus and holding the meat tight, start rolling the asparagus up. The prosciutto strip will wrap around the whole length of the spear because it’s on an angle. You can try a different wrapping method but I find this is a very quick to do it. Don’t worry if parts of the asparagus spears are not covered completely.
- Heat some ghee in a large, flat frying pan to sizzling hot. Fry wrapped asparagus spears for 1-2 minutes on each side or until prosciutto is brown and crispy.