What vegetable is low in calories, high in antioxidants, a good source of vitamin C and has it's own yearly festival? That's right, asparagus!

If you're looking for a super easy, but healthy side dish to prepare---look no further. I've made this dish several times for dinner parties and it's always gone over well.

Quick & Easy Garlic Roasted Asparagus

2 lbs. asparagus (I prefer the thinner stalks)
3-4 T extra-virgin olive oil
2 T minced fresh garlic
2-3 t fresh lemon juice (in a pinch I've used the bottled stuff)
Fresh ground pepper

* Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

* Wash asparagus thoroughly and snap off coarse ends.
* Cut stalks  into bite-size pieces.
* In an oven-safe dish, toss asparagus with olive oil and garlic.
* Season with salt & ground pepper.
* Place in the oven and bake 15-20 minutes, stirring once. Remove once asparagus becomes tender.
* Take the dish out. Toss asparagus with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
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