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Roasted Asparagus & Cherry Tomatoes

Roasted Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes

From the Strive for Five at School! Resources

Adapted from The Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver

Preheat oven to 350°F

Yield: 6
Portion: 4 spears
Cost per serving: $0.61

1 lb (454 g) asparagus, fresh
3/4 lb (300 g) cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp (30 mL) canola oil
1 garlic clove, finely sliced
1/4 cup (50 mL) fresh basil or 1/2 tbsp (7.5 mL) dried basil
pinch salt pinch
pepper, to taste
grated Parmesan cheese or chopped
hard-boiled egg (for garnish)

1 Wash the asparagus; trim any woody stems at the base of the stalks.
2 Wash the cherry tomatoes.
3 Mix the oil and garlic and spread over the sheet pan. Lay the asparagus spears evenly over the pan, rolling them in the oil/garlic mixture.
4 Evenly distribute the cherry tomatoes over the asparagus. Break apart the fresh basil and
scatter over the asparagus and tomatoes. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
5 Bake for 20–25 minutes, rolling the spears over in the pan every 10 minutes.
Step 6 Serve each asparagus portion of 4 spears in the centre of a side plate with a cherry tomato on top and a slice of whole-grain toast (sliced on the diagonal) placed to 1 side. Garnish with some Parmesan cheese or chopped hard-boiled egg, if you like.

Tip: This is an easy way to prepare a large quantity of fresh asparagus. Check to make sure that the asparagus does not become soft and mushy; rather, it should hold its shape and absorb the flavours of the tomatoes, oil, and garlic that surround it.

Did You Know?

Asparagus …

• is a vegetable. As a member of the lily family, it is related to onions, leeks, and garlic.

• is Greek for “stalk” or “shoot.” Look at a piece of asparagus and you’ll understand why.

• Is available in three types: green, white, and purple. Green is the most common in North America.

• - green that is – has its colour thanks to the process known as photosynthesis. This occurs when sunlight produces a substance called chlorophyll in the cells of plants.

• is a favourite vegetable in the spring. Most of Nova Scotia’s asparagus comes from Kings County.