ok. roasted asparagus, where have you been all my life. i picked up a bunch of thin asparagus at the store thinking i might throw it on the grill, but i decided on putting it in the oven instead. holy happy mouth, batman. i love asparagus, but always ate it in one of three ways that sacrificed something: steamed/boiled dulled the flavor and almost always needed a sauce or something added to it; grilled in foil with oil or butter was tasty as hell, but limp and boring; sauteed was ok, but getting it just right required such a specific window of time and moisture. but roasted...well, i'll be picking up a few bunches of asparagus this week.
and it's simple. preheat oven to 450. break the spears (just gently bend them...asparagus will break at the right point so you don't chomp on any hard bits) and throw the tops into a glass baking dish. toss with some good olive oil, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, and maybe some onion and garlic powder, and put it in the oven for about 8 minutes...or until you get the firmness you like. i'm going to give this a try on my grill to see if i can keep my apartment from getting super hot. i paired that with some steak and had a great meal.
i also had a couple of sips of a great smoothie. my wife, who is trying to go primal...in her way...blended up some pineapple, banana, kiwi, blueberries and coconut water (also an awesome thing i had never tried), and it was pretty tasty. it's dairy free, which is great for some people, but the bananas provide that creamy consistency. it's also very cool tasting, which is great on a hot day.
smart choice to do a little active recovery yesterday. i didn't pull any more muscles, had a great walk with the pup (Miles) and my body is feeling amazing and ready for whatever i'm doing today.