I have never been an asparagus fan. Especially when I was doing my first fitness competition back in 2005, I just could not stomach it! My mom/trainer would tell me what a “good diuretic it is!” Let’s be serious…I choose foods because they look delicious, smell delicious, and are delicious. “Diuretic” isn’t really a great selling point. I would try asparagus every now and then, but the texture would bother me or the color was no longer green. As I got more and more into cooking, I realized that how you cook and present the asparagus is really what matters.
I like crispy, fresh tasting (and looking) veggies…preferably covered in cheese sauce. Crispy Parmesan cheese also works. I was glad to see that Jessica from How Sweet It Is blog agrees with me. Also an ex-trainer and bacon lover, she is not a veggie fan either. Oh, and I have I mentioned I am slightly obsessed with her blog? Perhaps her recipes make me feel less guilty that I used to have minimal body fat and felt so comfortable in a bikini that I actually wore one on stage and let people judge me! When I saw her Crispy Parmesan Asparagus Sticks, I just had to try them. They looked good, green, and they had cheese on them. What more could I ask for. They were incredibly easy to make, and I threw in my own twists by adding garlic and using regular breadcrumbs (I didn’t have any panko.)