Roasted Asparagus with Bacon

Roasted Asparagus with Bacon

Courtesy of "meal prep Sunday", I give you... the easiest most delicious Asparagus recipe known to man kind!! 

Growing up I was a freak when it came to veggies - broccoli was my crack. Carrots were my second in command, and all others third... except for asparagus. The only vegetable I was never excited about my mom making was asparagus. I mean, I'd eat it of course, it was green and a vegetable. (I never said I was a "normal" child). Now, if my mom prepared asparagus like this - I think carrots would be given a run for their money (Broccoli can't be touched ... It's on top that pedestal with a trophy in one hand and medal around it's tree-trunk neck).

I wasn't even sure if I should post this as a recipe since it is so straight forward, however, after living with several people that needed instructions on boiling water and making pasta, I thought "Hey, why not! I'm sure there are people that this would interest!" SO - hopefully my awkward internal dialog was correct. Please let me know. 

Back to business - try this on for size and let me know how you find it.

Serves: 2-3 people (or 1 if you are me)
Prep time: 3 minutes
Total time: 25-35 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb asparagus spears
  • 3 pieces bacon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch pepper

*parchment paper
*baking tray

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Rinse the asparagus and cut the very ends off, the thick bottoms, not the tree-like tops.
3. Lay them out on a parchment lined backing tray. Make sure they do not overlap one another.
4. Sprinkle the salt and pepper and then place the bacon strips on top.
5. Pop them into the oven for 20-30 minutes (depending on the thickness of the asparagi(?) and your preference for doneness. 

Fig & Onion Jam

Fig and Onion Jam

All right y’all. Here we go! I came up with this recipe on a whim. I was looking through my new cookbook obsession, Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi try to figure out what to make for dinner. Since the cooler weather is upon us (I’m so excited!) I just had to make this Butternut Squash & Tahini Spread. It was delicious. However, the recipe calls for date syrup to pour on top of the squash and I did not have any dates. I did however just buy fresh figs that day, which are also sweet. So I made a fig and onion jam off the cuff and it worked really well!

This condiment is super straightforward and easy, and pretty hard to mess up ;)

 This is the jam in a butternut squash & tahini spread nest. 

This is the jam in a butternut squash & tahini spread nest. 

Makes: about ½ cup
Hands on time: 10-15 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Fig & Onion Jam

4 pieces of bacon, diced
1 tablespoon of bacon fat (or ghee)
1 cup of chopped/sliced figs (about 5 small figs)
3 small sliced yellow onions (about 2.5 cups)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette
pinch of pink himalayan salt
pinch of cracked black pepper

1. In a pan on medium heat, add the bacon pieces.
2. After they have begun to release the fat, add the onions.
3. Cook the onions for about 15-20 minutes, mixing every few minutes.
4. Once the onions are browned, add the figs and cook for 6 minutes mixing every few minutes.
5. Mix the balsamic in.
6. Remove from heat and let cool a bit.
7. Blend with a stick blender (that’s easiest since it’s not a large quantity of ingredients) and add the salt and pepper.
8. Eat with everything, on (gluten free) toast, with a (goat cheese) omelette, with butternut squash, with salmon, with chicken… o0o0o you could pound chicken into thin cutlets and then stuff it with the jam and wrap it up and bake it. OMG! Maybe even then wrap the chicken in bacon. Eeeek!


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Music on the menu for
Fig & Onion Jam: 

A little throwback with Bon Iver. Maybe it makes you depressed, maybe it makes you crave comfort food. I choose the latter.