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Asparagus with Almonds

 Asparagus with Almonds
This side will please the palates of everyone—even those who generally don't care for asparagus. I look forward to spring each year so I can make this tasty side dish.—Eileen Bechtel, Wainwright, Alberta
3-4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  • In a large skillet, saute almonds in 1 teaspoon of oil until lightly
  • browned; remove and set aside. In the same skillet, saute asparagus
  • in the remaining oil for 1 minute. Add the water, sugar, salt and
  • pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3-4
  • minutes or until asparagus is tender. Drain. Sprinkle with lemon
  • juice; top with almonds. Yield: 3-4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 75 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 154 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.