In addition to being a Certified Health Coach and culinary instructor, New Canaan mom of two young children, Eila Johnson, writes the full plate blog. The site, which was named to Forbes’ Top 100 Sites for Women and Forbes’ Top 10 Sites for Parenting and Homemaking, teaches busy parents how to make simple, nourishing recipes for their families and friends. As the weather turns warmer here in New Canaan, Eila can’t wait to start grilling. This simple Grilled Asparagus with Fresh Lemon Zest and Ginger recipe is one of her favorites. “It just tastes like spring! My whole family really enjoys this side dish. I love that we can get local asparagus, and that it takes 10 minutes to make, start to finish!”
Simple Grilled Asparagus with Fresh Lemon Zest and Ginger
(Makes 6 servings)
2 lbs asparagus (I like the Foxy organic brand)
olive oil (I like Olave brand’s garlic or lemon infused olive oils)
zest of two lemons
½” fresh ginger, grated with a zester (I use a Microplane zester)
sea salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat your grill (or broiler if we get a cold snap). Snap the ends of your asparagus at the natural breaking point. This ensures that the asparagus will be tender. Lay asparagus on a piece of tin foil, and drizzle with a bit of your favorite oil. Sprinkle with lemon zest, grated fresh ginger root, salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat until asparagus starts to blister (about 8-10 minutes). Serve warm or room temp.
Pairs wonderfully with any of Walter Stewart’s marinated meats and grain salads.