The beverage story that really shocked me this week was Nestlé’s launch of two hyper-sweetened Nesquik® chocolate milk drinks based on much-loved Girl Scout cookie flavors. Each 16-ounce bottle of Nesquik® Girl Scouts® Thin Mints® or Nesquik® Girl Scouts® Caramel Coconut contains a whopping 48 grams of sugar. That’s twelve teaspoons of liquid sugar, about three to four times the safe amount for a child’s entire day…
We’ve all had those nights. Some of us have them on a regular basis. Nights when you haven’t thought of what to make, when you’ve gotten home late from work or you just didn’t feel like stopping at the market to pick up fresh ingredients. Those are the nights when you should open up your pantry. There’s likely to be a plethora of easy, healthy meals that you can quickly put together…
Some people prefer thick asparagus, others like the thin asparagus best. Either way, select the freshest you can, as they lose their sweetness and start to toughen up after a few days. Pick the bunch whose tips (the tips become flowers if they are left on the plant) are still tightly budded, dry and not mushy. Asparagus should smell green and grassy, not like a wet dog (yup that is how the bad ones smell). And look at the stems, they should be plump without wrinkles and no yellowing.
When you get them home store them in the fridge like the flowers they are, in a vase with a little water at the bottom. Once you are ready to cook them snap off the bottoms, they will snap easily at the point they stop being fibrous. If they are very thick, peel the bottom with a vegetable peeler.
If you have kept the asparagus a little too long and need to restore their sweetness let them soak for an hour in ice-water with a teaspoon of sugar per cup of water.
Next time you see white or purple asparagus, give them a try as well. The white ones need to be treated gently, make sure they are completely fresh, they need to be peeled, then steam them and serve them simply with a little brown butter… they must be eaten with your hands, no forks allowed.
The purple ones are a treat, they have little or no fibers to toughen them and are beautiful raw in salads. Cooked they become green but are still perfectly delicious.
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