Oven-Roasted Asparagus (so easy your kids can make it!)

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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.Oven-Roasted Asparagus John prep cook 6ftmama blog

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.Oven-Roasted Asparagus John Bite Size pieces 6ftmama blog

Yep, that’s about the perfect size, John.
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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…Oven-Roasted Asparagus PJ and John easy cooking prep skills 6ftmama blog

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.Oven-Roasted Asparagus knife skills practice 6ftmama blog

The kids are finishing chopping and I heat the oven to 425 degrees. Then we oven-roast the asparagus for a quick 15 minutes.
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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!Oven-Roasted Asparagus Elder Wand 6ftmama blog

Apparently, Asparagus makes a fine dance partner. You can even dab with it…Oven-Roasted Asparagus PJ Dabbing 6ftmama blog

While PJ conjures up more creative uses for Asparagus spears, John is back to work.

Looks like somebody really likes to cook…Oven-Roasted Asparagus John Serious Cooking Skills 6ftmama blog

 

It’s the ol’ “Is that Asparagus growing behind your ears?” joke…

Ah yes, 6th grade humor at it’s finest.
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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.

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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