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Steamed Asparagus with Raspberry Sauce

Spring has arrived and asparagus is back in season! This recipe features a unique way to enjoy asparagus with a sweet and tangy sauce.
 
 Ingredients
 
 Makes 4 servings
 
 1 cup frozen raspberries 
 Juice of 1/2 orange, or one teaspoon frozen orange juice concentrate 
 1 pound fresh asparagus 
 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
 
 Directions
 
 Put raspberries in a saucepan with orange juice or orange juice concentrate. Simmer, stirring often, until raspberries have fallen apart and the mixture looks like a sauce, about five minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
 
 Steam asparagus over hot water until bright green and soft, but not mushy. Place asparagus in a serving dish and top with sauce. Serve hot or at room temperature. Garnish with orange zest, if using.
 
 Per serving (1/4 of recipe): 49 calories; 0.7 g fat; 0.1 g saturated fat; 12.2% calories from fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 2.5 g protein; 10.1 g carbohydrates; 4.9 g sugar; 5 g fiber; 3 mg sodium; 27 mg calcium; 0.8 mg iron; 35.4 mg vitamin C; 282 mcg beta carotene; 1.3 mg vitamin E
 
Source: Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D.

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