Lemon Pepper Roasted Asparagus - Simply Healthy

Lemon Pepper Roasted Asparagus

I have been eyeing the asparagus for weeks now at the grocery store. Just stalking it really.. waiting for the price to drop some.. but I wasn't feeling too committed  Then I found some that looked GREAT and caved. I roasted it with lemon, pepper and garlic and then... ATE ALL OF IT. Oops! I had to go buy more so I could share some with my family! It was just so delicious, sweet and savory all at once. 

This is a perfect side dish to most any meal (especially some mashed potatoes!) and it's so easy that you can throw it together last minute. Those are my favorite kind of dishes and help me eat more vegetables because if I can get it done without much effort I'm going to be more likely to do it at every single meal. 

Now the biggest problem is that I'm addicted to asparagus and the price isn't staying low! I guess there are worse things to be addicted to!

Lemon Pepper Roasted Asparagus

Lemon Pepper Roasted Asparagus

  • 20-24 large stalks asparagus
  • zest of one small lemon (I zest with my microplane grater!) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced or grated with a microplane
  • salt to taste (a pinch or so)

 

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat

Cut the bottom inch off of your asparagus stalks and discard (it's usually really woody and tough.) Toss your asparagus with the salt and arrange in a single layer on your baking sheet. 

Roast for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Toss with the lemon zest, black pepper and garlic. Add more salt to taste if necessary. Enjoy!

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