Its white and green counterparts might be better known, but the purple asparagus is a great choice of food for the health conscious. Also referred to as the violet asparagus, this vegetable is sweeter and more tender than its green sibling. The purple asparagus’s color stems from cancer fighting phytochemicals called Anthocyanins. The whole asparagus family is known for having a beneficial effect on your kidneys, bowels, and liver – as it has diuretic and laxative properties. Asparagus also contains folate, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Its low calorie content makes it a very popular addition to the diet of those trying to mind their weight. Since the asparagus contains very few calories and many nutrients, it’s always a healthy choice.
Purple Asparagus Side Dishes
You can enjoy the asparagus raw, grilled, sauteed, or steamed. To enjoy them in a salad, start with simply cutting up a dozen stalks of asparagus and mixing them with your favorite salad veggies. After this, add lemon-infused olive oil, sprinkle them with some salt and pepper, mix in some minced garlic, and dress them up in balsamic vinegar. This recipe will result in a healthy and delectable salad side dish.
Boiled asparagus are a great choice if you do not like them too crunchy. Boiled asparagus go very well with soy sauce and sesame seeds. Simply boil several stalks until they are cooked to your liking. Then mix up some soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar. Drain the purple asparagus and pour your sauce mixture over it. Sprinkle the asparagus with some salt and sesame seeds, and voila: your healthy side dish is ready.
Brussels Sprouts Side Dish
If you want more healthy veggies on your side dish repertoire, then Brussels sprouts are another great option. It’s not the best ingredient for most, due to its strong taste, but with the proper preparation, you can come up with a winning side dish. One light, easy, healthy, and delicious way to use Brussels sprouts is by combining them with pecans and shallots. The shallots add a sweet taste, while the pecans pack in some crunch while adding color to the dish.
Simply steam the sprouts until they are tender, drain them, and set them aside. Sautee together some minced garlic and shallots in canola oil. Once golden brown, stir in the Brussels sprouts and sprinkle in the pecans and some brown sugar.
Zucchini Side Dish
Zucchini can serve as another healthy side dish, especially during the summer months when it can be found in abundance. There are many ways to prepare zucchini, but one that can double as a snack, is the recipe for Zucchini Chips. This is a delicious, crunchy delightful way of preparing zucchini, for when you feel indulgent: Mix some salt, garlic powder, pepper, and bread crumbs. Cut your zucchini into slices and drench them in non-fat milk. Coat your slices with the bread crumb mixture, line them up on a baking sheet, and top them with grated Parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven until the zucchini is golden brown and crisp. You can serve this solo, or as a side dish to a healthy sandwich.