Grilled Asparagus with Sun-Dried Tomato & Smoked Almond Pesto Sauce
Author: Chef Kelly Yorke
Serves: 8 portions
Asparagus is rich in Folate and B Vitamins which help in producing serotonin. It is also rich in fiber which helps keep blood pressure down. Vitamin C, found in citrus aids in reducing the stress hormone, cortisol and it helps reduce blood pressure, as well. And Almonds and olive oil are full of the good monounsaturated fats and they also help stabilize blood sugar. Almonds are rich in glutamic acid, an amino acid which helps the body make gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) which helps reduce anxiety. All of this means, this side dish is a great to serve when you are feeling a little stressed out.
- 2 lb.s Fresh asparagus
- 1 cup Sun-Dried Tomato & Smoked Almond Pesto Sauce (separate recipe)
- Cut bottom ends off of asparagus spears and (if necessary) use a potato peeler to trim off any woody lower sections of each spear.
- Place trimmed asparagus in a shallow bowl and toss lightly with ½ cup of the pesto until all spears are evenly coated.
- Let asparagus marinate until ready to cook.
- To Cook: Place asparagus spears on a pre-heated hot grill (crosswise from the direction of the grates) and cook for 3-5 minutes. Using a tong, roll the asparagus from time-to-time during cooking to heat all sides. When spears have become browned in spots (not charred) they are done. Remove spears from the grill and transfer them to a serving platter.
- Pour remaining pesto over cooked asparagus (if desired) and serve.
- (Optional): Garnish with additional chopped smoked almonds, fresh basil leaves, lemon slices and julienned sun-dried tomatoes.