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    Jefferson Adams

    Asparagus with Orange and Walnuts (Gluten-Free)

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    A splash of citrus is one of the easiest ways to enliven any side of vegetables, especially when you use a generous amount of fruit.

    The orange zest in this dish helps bring a tasty zing and a great aroma to the walnuts. I’ve had a lot of luck with this flavor combination on broccoli and green beans as well. Substituting regular green asparagus with the white version requires that you peel them before hand. However, the extra time pays off with a striking visual presentation.

    Ingredients:
    1 pound asparagus, bottoms trimmed
    1 ½ tablespoons orange zest
    ¼ cup orange juice
    ¾ cup walnuts
    2 tablespoons butter
    2 teaspoons salt, divided
    1 teaspoon pepper
    4 quarts water

    Directions:
    Preheat oven to 325° F. Spread walnuts in an un-greased baking dish and toast for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Remove from oven and roughly chop after nuts have cooled.

    Meanwhile, bring water to a rigorous boil and season with half the salt. Boil asparagus for about 5 minutes, until tender but still crisp. Drain and set aside.

    Melt butter in a large skillet and add chopped nuts. Add orange zest and juice and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add cooked asparagus and toss to thoroughly coat. Season with remaining salt and pepper.


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    I've only ever used lemon and asparagus. What a great idea to use orange and throw in a few nuts as well. (I prefer to use pecans vs walnuts). Thanks for the great idea!

     

    Angie

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  • About Me

    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, science, and advanced research, and scientific methods. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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