It’s asparagus time here and I’m picking this seasonal treat every other day from the patch in our barnyard. I like it on its own with butter, but adding other ingredients makes it feel like even more of a treat. As well as being delicious, asparagus is pleasingly low in calories and therefore a great ingredient for fasting days. Here are a couple of ways I’ve eaten my harvests this week.

Asparagus and sugar snap peas with blue cheese and cashews
Recipe for Asparagus and snap peas with blue cheese and cashew nuts (serves 1)

Ingredient Calories per serving
150g asparagus 30
35g sugar snap peas/mangetout 15
25g cashew nuts, roughly chopped 144
25g blue cheese 88

Total calories per serving: 275

Method: Steam the asparagus for about five minutes and toast the cashew pieces in a dry frying pan over a medium heat. Add the peas to the asparagus towards the end of their cooking time and cook until they and the asparagus are tender. Arrange the vegetables on a small plate, crumble the blue cheese over them and then top with the cashew pieces.

Asparagus with Cheddar, chorizo and sun-dried tomatoes

Recipe for Asparagus with Cheddar, sun-dried tomatoes and chorizo (serves 1)

Ingredient Calories per serving
200g asparagus 40
25g chorizo, diced small 114
15g sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped 32
50g mature Cheddar, grated 87

Total calories per serving: 275
Method: Dry fry the chorizo until lightly browned. Steam or microwave the asparagus until almost done. Sprinkle the tomato, chorizo and cheese over the asparagus and microwave for a minute or so until the cheese is melted (or you could do this under the broiler/grill – I was at work and only had the microwave option).