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Asparagus with Lemon Sauce

 Asparagus with Lemon Sauce
We didn’t have an oven or stove in our first years of marriage, so we relied heavily on our microwave. This side of asparagus in a creamy lemon sauce was always a favorite. Garnished with fresh lemon wedges, it’s a pretty addition to any menu. –Janice Gerbitz, Woodland, California
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cut fresh asparagus (2-inch pieces)
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

  • Place asparagus and water chestnuts in a shallow microwave-safe dish;
  • add 1/2 in. of water. Cover and microwave on high for 6-8 minutes or
  • until asparagus is crisp-tender; drain and keep warm.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the cream cheese, water, milk
  • and lemon peel. Cover and microwave on high for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes
  • or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Pour over asparagus
  • mixture; sprinkle with almonds. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 115 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 53 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein.