Monday, June 15, 2015

Zesty Roasted Asparagus (AIP)

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I'm back with a recipe for you; it's a delicious side that is pretty easy to make and has got a whole lot of zip! You've probably noticed my extended absence. I've been doing a lot of soul-searching and trying to figure out what I wanted from my blog and where I wanted to go with it. The problem is that the more you throw yourself into something, the deeper you get entrenched and sometimes you get derailed from what you originally started without even realizing it. So I took some space to figure out what my goals really were.

And luckily a lot of my readers came to my rescue. I really was strongly considering moving on and letting the blog go. I felt overwhelmed and that I couldn't bring it together enough to be what it needed to be. And I was comparing myself to a lot of other bloggers. Except that I forgot two very important things:

  1. I have a large group of readers and supporters that follow me because they like MY recipes and like MY story and they like what I have to share. And that's exactly what each and every one of them that emailed or messaged me was sharing and reminding me. And it touched me to realized that I really had made a difference for them, because...
  2. I started my blog to help people. I didn't do this to make money or become famous. I started my blog so I could share recipes and information that would help people the way eating healthier and cleaner has helped me and continues to help me every day.
And that I can't give up. So, yes, my posting might be spotty here and there. After all, I'm working a full time job, cooking AIP recipes for a single lady all by my selfie on the daily, and living with multiple autoimmune diseases. But the best part is that I have seen such significant strides in my conditions and in my physical and mental health. So even though there are occasional bad days and yes, even sometimes the rare bad week, I'm still so far beyond where I imagined I could ever be when I started AIP almost two years ago. The girl that stared in the mirror horrified at a clump of hair and bald spot? I have a small itchy patch at the base of my scalp that mostly only drives me crazy when I'm stressed. And now I've learned when people start stressing me out that I just need to work on #AIPbalance. And I just use the words of one of my clients as I'm walking away: "You're making my head itch!"

Zesty Roasted Asparagus
1 lb asparagus
2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
1½ tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried summer savory
½ scant tsp garlic powder
½-1 tsp sea salt, more or less to taste

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cut the white ends off the asparagus and place the spears on a baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over the asparagus. Then sprinkle the herbs and salt over the asparagus. Toss to coat as evenly as possible.

For crispy spears: Place the cookie sheet in the lower bottom of the oven. Turn or toss the spears every 10-15 minutes depending on how thick the spears are. Thicker spears should go 15 minutes at a time. The spears will shrink and get crispy about 35-45 minutes in. If making crispy spears, I recommend doubling the recipe due to shrinkage.

For tender spears: Place the cookie sheet in the middle of the oven. Turn every 10 minutes. Spears should be roasted and lightly browned on the edges in 25-30 minutes.

Remove from oven and serve.