10 Ways With Asparagus

The return of asparagus season highlights that Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to start cooking lighter, fresher meals again. My love for this funny little vegetable has been pretty well highlighted these last few weeks, but given the asparagus season is unfortunately a little on the short side I thought I would share a few recipes starring asparagus from some of my favourite bloggers so you can enjoy as much asparagus as possible while there is still time!

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Recipe: Roast Pumpkin Dip

If you’ve been around these parts for long it’ll come as no surprise that I’m a huge fan of both pumpkin and dips. In fact, the only surprise there is possibly that I haven’t already shared a recipe for a pumpkin dip! We’re coming towards the end of the pumpkin season here in the Southern Hemisphere, but as I’m seeing all our Northern neighbours celebrating the arrival of the vegetable I was very glad to get another pumpkin in my veggie box to play with. I have a big week of work ahead of me with lots of meetings and deadlines, so I knew having something healthy and delicious on hand that I could graze on whenever I got a chance would be vital, so whipped this up to help fuel my week.

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Recipe: Asparagus and Haloumi Quinoa Salad

Now that asparagus is back in season I wanted to use it in a salad for my work lunches this week. I have been on a bit of a goats cheese kick lately but decided to pair it with another of my favourite cheeses – haloumi – in a fresh and delicious quinoa salad. It turned out really well and I found myself looking forward to lunch at work even more than usual – and that’s saying something!

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How To: Flavoured Cucumber Water

I’ve been a big water drinker since I was a kid – we didn’t have much in the way of fizzy drinks or even cordial at home, it was always water with dinner and because I did a lot of singing when I was younger I got into the habit of carrying a water bottle around pretty early on. These days I keep a big bottle on my desk at work which I refill multiple times throughout the day, however I often find myself not drinking enough water on the weekend as I get busy and distracted, until I find myself with a headache!

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Recipe: Chilli Tomato Sauce

I’ve discovered a strange quirk with my veggie boxes lately in that if I haven’t used up one particular vegetable it always shows up in large quantities in the next box as well, leaving me with a huge pile of something that needs to be used up quickly. It happens occasionally with tomatoes, but luckily they are easy to cook up in a big batch to make tomato sauce, which can be frozen to be used later. That’s what I did with this batch, and the best part is the sauce is really versatile. I like to keep it chunky for simple pastas and blend it up nice and smooth for pizza bases. I like mine with a good kick to it so use a whole chilli, seeds and all, but you can reduce the spice to your own taste.

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