I am on a mission to get my kids to like asparagus. You see, I planted my very first asparagus patch, and when I can finally harvest the spears next season (you have to wait for 1 to 2 years for the plant to get established first), they will definitely be making a regular appearance on our spring dinner table!
Now, similar to homegrown tomatoes, homegrown asparagus is light years above the store-bought stuff. However, even if you can’t grow your own, you’ll still love any asparagus you can get in this new braised asparagus recipe…and so will your family!
Since my 12-year-old is especially disgusted by asparagus, my goal here was to completely disguise it so that it did not look at all like typical spears, and to also include some flavors that she could not resist. So, I sliced them thin (in my food processor) and added one of her favorites…bacon! Bacon makes everything better, right? And, while I’d like to say she scarfed this one down with a smile on her face, she did at least eat three bites without totally gagging—that is progress, and I will take it, people! The rest of my family loved it though, so this one is a keeper in my book.
One of my favorite tactics with picky eaters is to make new foods in different ways until you find a winner. That was precisely what I was hoping to do with this dish, and I was happy about the tiny bit of progress! In fact, I think I’ll try this one again soon and add some freshly grated parmesan cheese on top (another favorite of hers). One thing that is for sure, I will not give up easily on my younger daughter and asparagus anytime soon—poor thing, LOL.
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Lisa is a wife, mother, foodie, blogger, and New York Times Best-selling author who is on a mission to cut out processed food.