Asparagus is a great vegetable for kids to prepare and cook because it is so darn easy to make.
John’s in 4th grade and he’s my little prep cook.
Asparagus is the perfect vegetable to practice your knife skills on because it doesn’t slide around and it’s fairly sturdy.
I always have the kids chop the asparagus into bite-sized pieces before we oven-roast them. This way, they cook just a tad faster and they are easier for the kids to handle and eat.
Yep, that’s about the perfect size, John.
Here’s a great little idea: Any extra chopped spears will get thrown in a ziploc bag with some olive oil to marinate until we want to oven-roast them later in the week.
Once one of the kids starts helping in the kitchen, it isn’t long before another sibling is on the scene.
PJ is ready to pitch in…
When the asparagus is cut, the kids will put it on a tinfoil lined jelly roll pan and then drizzle some Fior Fiore Olive Oil over them. I like the Fior Fiore Olive Oil because it has a buttery flavor – but you can use regular olive oil as well. Sprinkle them with Kosher Salt and Pepper and that is it!! So simple.
Sometimes I add almonds, pecans, or pine nuts, sometimes not.
The kids are finishing chopping and I heat the oven to 425 degrees. Then we oven-roast the asparagus for a quick 15 minutes.
While we’re waiting for it to be done, we had a little fun.
The Persian word “asparag” is the root for “spear” which of course is why they’re called spears of asparagus.
It’s asparagus… no, wait – it’s the elderwand!
Apparently, Asparagus makes a fine dance partner. You can even dab with it…
While PJ conjures up more creative uses for Asparagus spears, John is back to work.
Looks like somebody really likes to cook…
It’s the ol’ “Is that Asparagus growing behind your ears?” joke…
Ah yes, 6th grade humor at it’s finest.
In all seriousness, I started planting multiple patches of Asparagus in the back of most of the sunny borders and garden beds around the house. It’s such a feathery plant, it almost disappears when it’s in the back of the garden bed. I often have to point it out to visitors or it will get missed completely. So, that’s a stealth way to incorporate edibles into a flower bed without screaming “I’m growing edibles – not just flowers!”
This year, I’m starting some purple asparagus. The foliage will still be green, but the spears will be purple.
Yes, we’re definitely feeling the love for Asparagus around here.