Citrusy Kick ASparagus

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are having a nice, family (or friend) filled, relaxing holiday 🙂  After church and brunch today The Dr. and I got a quick lift in and now as he is working I am lounging, catching up on blog stuff.  Pretty good day so far I would say! The reason it is a lazy day is because we did our big family Easter fun yesterday afternoon and BOY what awesomeness ensued.  My brother, his girlfriend, and two of their four kids jumped on the paleo bandwagon with me back in November just in time for Thanksgiving.  Since then they have been rocking out some delicious food and really getting into the entire lifestyle, which makes me ever eager to eat at their house 🙂

When my brother told me that he wanted to do a 5 or 7 course entirely paleo meal for Easter I was totally on board and was more than happy to help pull it all together yesterday!  I headed over and helped cook (a little), photograph, help dye and hide Easter eggs, and entertain my sweetie pie 10 month old niece, Hazel. (If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ve seen the pretty girl.) Overall, it was an awesome day spending time with them.

At about 4 The Dr. and the rest of my family got there, and we went to town on the paleo feast, course by course. I can’t WAIT to share it all with you, but they are going to do a special guest blog post on it so you will have a wait a bit for that! In the meantime, I made this side the other night while The Dr. was out of town and let me tell you, I am *a little* glad he wasn’t here so I didn’t have to share! I am not good at sharing food… just sayin’ 😉

Citrusy ‘Sparagus

Onto the reason ya’ll are here! Asparagus 🙂 I love it so much I could shout it from the rooftops.

Whenever it is on the menu at a restaurant I make sure it ends up on my plate, even if that means I sub whatever other veggies my entree comes with (I’m always the one annoying orderer “um, could you sub asparagus, dry… with a side of olive oil. No canola” etc.) This usually doesn’t require any up-charge but it does upgrade my meal! I always try new things with asparagus at home and sometimes they end up not nearly as good as I want them too.  Sometimes soggy, sometimes too crisp, but sometimes they come out absolutely perfect.

This recipe was one of those times.  It is quick, and you most likely have everything you need for them already, so get some fresh asparagus and make these for a delicious dinner!PLUS they are totally in season right now so you can probably get a really good deal on them.  I think asparagus can be paired with pretty much any protein, so fish, chicken, pork, steak…. all good choices! Scroll down or click here for the recipe.

What did you eat for Easter today? Were you cooking? Did you indulge in any pastel candy, jelly beans, or chocolate bunnies? I haven’t had any and I am proud to say it!

Sweet Potatoes and Smiles,

The Freckled Foodie

Boring asparagus before…

…and addicting asparagus after!

Kick ASparagus 🙂

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  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Appetizer, side dish


  • ~12 Asparagus spears
  • Zest of one organic lemon (you don’t want all the icky pesticides!)
  • Juice from half the lemon
  • 1-2 Tbsp Ghee or clarified butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp Powdered ginger, could also use freshly grated
  • Sprinkling of dried sage, few dashes should be good
  • Sea salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Wash and cut asparagus, dry slightly
  3. Combine ghee and lemon juice in a large enough bowl to accomodate asparagus
  4. Toss spears in melted ghee and lemon juice
  5. Spread on foil-lined baking sheet
  6. Season with ginger, sage, and salt & pepper
  7. Sprinkle lemon zest evenly over the spears
  8. Roast for 10 minutes, tossing halfway through
  9. Turn on broiler and broil on high for 3-5 minutes, until charred/crisp to your liking
  10. Serve with any protein of your choice and half a sweet potato (if you know whats good for you 🙂 )

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Comments: 6

  1. Dee April 1, 2013 at 11:57 pm Reply

    I don’t like ginger at all, what would you suggest to replace it.

    • thefreckledfoodie April 2, 2013 at 5:36 am Reply

      You could leave it out or if you still want the spicy bite, try a bit of cayenne powder!

  2. Amy April 2, 2013 at 5:15 am Reply

    Rachel, Thank you for such great inspiration! We have a very similar story and I cannot wait to be healthy–not just diet! My husband and I started Whole 30 last week and are loving it! Any advice you can give would be great. Would you mind sharing a sample of your daily meals? Do you snack? I find myself gravitating towards nuts/nut butters, how careful were you with those?
    Thanks again! look forward to following you through our journey.

    • thefreckledfoodie April 2, 2013 at 7:21 am Reply

      Amy, I’m glad I could help inspire you during your first Whole30! If you look back into my October 2012 posts there are pictures and descriptions of almost every meal I ate. You can also check out my Instagram from October and January for more sample meals. I stick to the Whole30 meal template for every meal and try not to snack at all. I used nuts and nut butters too much during my first round so I have really tried to cut back and only eat nuts if they are part of a meal (in a salad, nut butter drizzled on a sweet potato, etc) I also realized that I have serious digestion issues if I eat too many so I am extra careful 🙂 My biggest tip would be to spend a LOT of time on the whole9life forum, that is what helped me the most during both of my Whole30 and 45. Good luck!!!

  3. Sandi April 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm Reply

    Great recipes! The whole 30 sounds very good. Just found it. Hope you will too!

  4. […] 13. Citrusy Kick Asparagus Asparagus has a way of getting infused with the flavor of the other ingredients you cook it with, and in this case it’s going to pop with the flavor of lemon and ginger. The lemon gives it the citrus flavor that goes so well with asparagus, and the kick is provided by the ginger. This is roasted in the oven, and doesn’t take long at all to prepare it or to cook it, so it’s a great last minute side dish to any meat you’re making. This showcases the way that seasonings have a way of sticking to the asparagus when cooked properly so every bite is flavorful. […]

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