Roasted Asparagus

So many of my friends are currently scouring the internet looking for delicious and easy side dishes for their holiday meals. During the Christmas season, so many things we eat are heavy and rich. A nice light side dish or roasted vegetables is not only a welcomed contrast to everything else on our plates, its the perfect comforting way to keep our holiday waist lines in check. 

When it comes to roasting vegetables, technique is key. It is so easy to turn your flavorful crunchy friends into mushy lifeless limp versions of their former selves. Luckily Peggy has a wonderful recipe for roasted asparagus for us. Its quick, easy, and simple. 

1 pound fresh asparagus
1 tbs. olive oil
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450. Trim the woody ends off of the asparagus. Spread the spears in a single layer on a large cookie sheet. Make sure the spears aren't touching so they will roast rather than steam. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roll, to coat evenly. Roast the asparagus until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Shake the pan half way through cooking to ensure even roasting. 

See? Easy, simple, and tasty. Enjoy!