Affordable Healthy Recipe: Asparagus Pasta Salad

Apr 5 2013

For asparagus lovers Spring is the greatest season of them all. For health-minded eaters asparagus is a very low calorie vegetable. 100 g fresh spears give only 20 calories. More calories will be burnt to digest than gained, the fact, which fits into the category of low calorie or negative-calorie vegetables.

Ingredients:

20 oz fresh asparagus
1 cup shell-shaped pasta
1/2 cup chopped carrots
2 oz sliced bell peppers
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp celery seeds
1/3 cup light Italian salad dressing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. Wash Asparagus and cut into 1-inch pieces
  2. Steam for 5 minutes until almost tender
  3. Cool in an ice water bath and drain
  4. Cook pasta according to package directions. Strain, rinse with cold water, and let cool
  5. Combine all ingredients, place in air-tight container
  6. Chill before serving

Nutrition Facts: 130 calories, 2g fat, 160mg sodium, 24g total carbohydrates, 6g protein. Contains 70% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin A.

Source: WIC Nutrition Program

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