Farmers Market Haul: Asparagus

In our parenting dreams, we stroll through the farmers market with our kid, tasting fresh produce together, relishing the bounty of spring. But that, friends, is just not our reality. (It’s more like doling out crappy packaged snacks just to avoid a tantrum).

But we are committed to finding (and testing) seasonal recipes that the whole fam-damily will happily eat (or at least try, we’ll take a try at this point).

First up: Asparagus, which – offensive tee tee smell aside – is one of our faves.

Baked Asparagus Fries

Commitment Level: 15 minutes of easy peasy prep
Tip: If the kids turn their nose up, whip out marinara sauce for dipping.
Health Level: We’re talking whole spears of asparagus, masked by a few carbs. If your kid eats this (and ours actually did) you are winning at parenting.
Kid Reaction: They were on the fence until we broke out the marinara sauce – then everybody’s plate was clean.

Asparagus Gruyere Frittata

Commitment Level: This is an easy one with just 6 ingredients and a few steps. Plus you get more than one meal out of it.
Tip: This is a fun one to make with kids – they make excellent egg whiskers and stirrers.
Health Level: Sure, there’s cheese, but with minimal ingredients, this one is high in protein and carb-free (boo-yeah!).
Kid Reaction: Winner winner, asparagus frittata dinner.

Shaved Asparagus Pizza

Commitment Level: Not gonna lie, shaving asparagus is a pain in the a*s but oh so worth it..
Tip: We leave off the green onion.
Health Level: It’s pizza so not at the top of the list, but the raw, shaved asparagus is so shockingly fresh and delicious it balances out. Also, use whole wheat crust for added fiber.
Kid Reaction: A tough sell since the asparagus was raw, but we took it off (more for us!) and they happily ate cheese pizza for dinner. You win some, you lose some – we call making only one meal a win.

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