Roasted Asparagus

Makes 4 servings (1 cup per serving)


  • 4 cups asparagus, woody ends trimmed off
  • 1 tbsp balsamic reduction (see note)
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place asparagus in a single layer on a parchment paper or foil-lined baking sheet. Bake until asparagus is tender-crisp, about 5 – 8 minutes.
  3. Drizzle with balsamic reduction and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Serve hot and enjoy!

Note: Balsamic reduction can be found in most major grocery stores. A commonly stocked brand is “Nonna Pia’s”.

Asparagus is a delicious source of folate, especially when it is oven roasted! These green spears contribute a significant portion of required daily folate and several epidemiological studies have suggested that this nutrient may decrease risk for several cancers (e.g. colorectal, lung, pancreatic, esophageal, stomach, ovarian, breast, etc.). It is important to keep in mind that supplemental dosages of folate do not act the same in the body. Get it from food and try this simple recipe to compliment your dinner!

Nutritional analysis per serving: 43 calories, 0 g fat, 4 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate (4 g available carbohydrate), 4 g fibre, 65 mg sodium 

My Viva Servings: 2 vegetables