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When I was a little kid, my parents loved to eat asparagus. However, I did not. At all. As a kid, you think "cheese makes everything better" -- well I don't think even that would have helped me with this particular green vegetable.
In fact, I vividly remember one occasion being told to stand in the corner of the kitchen because I would not eat my asparagus. "I will never eat asparagus again!" I thought. Most of it was stringy. It was bitter. Heck, I was bitter! In my young mind, nothing could change my opinion.
Fast forward 30 years (yikes!). I discovered that grilling can change anyone's opinion of any vegetable. Even leftover thoughts from childhood. By making smart choices with the size of asparagus, the seasoning and the cooking technique, the end result is breathtaking.
This approach is very simple, my kids love it and I want to share it with you.
Tip: To make these asparagus really shine, cut a lemon in half and start grilling it before you put the asparagus on. After you take the asparagus off the grill, put them in a shallow dish, squeeze the lemon over the asparagus and sprinkle with a dash of salt (kosher or sea works best).
Although it's composed of over 90% water, this healthy veggie is packed with vitamin K, folate, copper and B vitamins. It's also a good source of fiber. Grilling it keeps the goodness inside, enhances the flavor and literally has the potential to keep kids at the table!