Asparagus. The negative food.

April 10, 2011

About Me, Timeout Recipe

Aside from Mommy Knows Best and Crazy Mommy Monday, another series I have at my blog is to post a recipe each Sunday.


On Friday, I watched an episode of The Doctors while I was home for break. According to them, if I eat less and make better choices concerning food – I will lose weight. Who knew!

As I sat there in awe of this revelation, barely able to pay attention to the next segment, something else caught my eye. They started talking about foods that are negative calories. Yes, NEGATIVE. Not add another pound on and go one size up in jeans with every bite you take. This is a food that requires more calories to digest it than it provides. Amazing.

A few of these so-called freebies are cucumber, asparagus, broccoli and celery. (If you know of any others, let me know – I’ve started a list)

Since I love asparagus, I thought I’d share a recipe on how to prepare this weight loss food of the Gods.

Obviously, by adding all of these ingredients, I’m probably not going to get the negative calorie aspect anymore. I’m alright with that. Sort of.

What You’ll Need:

1 Bunch of Asparagus
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar (I use thicker balsamic vinegar)
Shredded Parmesan CheeseSalt & Pepper

Directions:Preheat the oven to 425. Wash & cut the asparagus. (Trick to cutting off the bottom of asparagus: Take one stalk and bend it so the end breaks off. Use that as your mark on where to cut the rest). On a half sheet (I cover mine in foil for easy clean up) spread out the asparagus. Drizzle with olive oil & balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle on salt & pepper. Mix it all together with your hands. Flatten out the stalks to a single layer on the sheet. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Serve on a platter with balsamic vinegar in a dipping cup on the side.

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14 Responses to “Asparagus. The negative food.”

  1. Erin Says:

    Mmmm! This looks SO GOOD. And I’m pretty sure that if it’s negative balances out the REST of it..and you’re just back at zero. And zero is good..bawhaha!I have a recipe with asparagus..that even with the asparagus being’s probably like 746 calories a bite. And it’s SO DELICIOUS that I don’t even care. (That much.)


  2. pinkflipflops Says:

    We have a TON of asparagus that grows in our yard. By the time we are done cooking it, it is never negative calories, and I’m okay with that too! I like to melt butter on top of the stove and then throw in the asapragus. with some salt and pepper, and garlic powder and sometimes onion powder.. cuz i am too lazy to use real garlic and onion… and then i cook it anywhere betweeen 10-20 minutes.. depending on how long i have and my husband only likes smooshy veggies ewwwww. ugh. my grandma made some cheese sauce to put on her asapragus that was amaaaazing. i think a version is in the betty crocker cookbook.


  3. liz Says:

    Ooooh, I LOVE asparagus! We do one where it’s a little dousing of olive oil, sprinkled with garlic salt. That would help make it more “free” in the calorie dept than parm cheese.


    • Elena Says:

      I should maybe delete the parmesan cheese. ;) I stocked up today on a ton of my negative calorie treats! We’ll see how long it lasts.


  4. Jessica

    That is almost exactly how I make asparagus except I don’t use pepper.Are brownies negative in calories? I think they should be, especially when I make them myself. Will you please look into this and report back.


  5. Tonya Says:

    I bought asparagus for tonight’s dinner and we are going to try it this way. Thanks for the recipe.The best thing about asparagus? Aside from being calorie free, they make your pee smell funny. :)


  6. The Mayor Says:

    I’ve been roasting asparagus similarly for the last couple years. Sometimes I throw some cherry tomatoes on the tray.I grilled my asparagus today, that gave it a great flavor too.Then there is that magical smell to our urine within a few minutes of consumption. It always amazes me how fast that happens.


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