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When it comes to healthy eating, looking for nutrient-rich foods to include in your diet is one of the more important goals. However, when warmer weather is in full swing, it may be a little tricky to incorporating nourishing foods that are versatile enough for grilling season.

For a keto- and paleo-friendly diet option ideal for grilling, consider using asparagus to please your crowd. Ottawa has plenty of locations to purchase fresh Asparagus or just go to your favorite Grocery store. With its peak season typically running through May and June, this rich vegetable can provide a much-needed flare to your seasonal feasts and be eaten warm or cold in appetizers, salads, side dishes and more.

Keep in mind this multi use food aligns with a variety of cooking methods, according to the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board: saute 3 minutes, grill 5 minutes, steam 5 minutes or roast 15 minutes.

In addition to quick and easy preparation, asparagus also allows for loads of wholesome health benefits with its low-calorie qualities and sources of fiber, folate and vitamins. To get the most nutritional value out of your asparagus, consider buying the veggie when it’s in-season around Ottawa instead of purchasing imported asparagus. If you head up north check out this find,

michiganasparagus.org .

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Servings: 6-8

  • 1          pound Michigan Asparagus
  • olive oil
  • 1          package uncooked bacon, thin sliced
  • balsamic glaze (optional)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Wash asparagus and trim ends.
  2. Place asparagus on tray and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat.
  3. Wrap 2-3 spears with one slice bacon. Repeat with remaining asparagus and bacon.
  4. Heat grill to medium heat and clean grates.
  5. Place asparagus bundles on grill and cook 3-4 minutes per side, or until bacon is crispy.
  6. During last minute of grilling, brush asparagus bunches with balsamic glaze, if desired. Avoid adding glaze too soon or it may burn.
  7. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

SOURCE:
Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board

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