Make sure it'll fit in your cupboard, though. The steamer is tall (as tall as, well, asparagus spears) and narrow (as narrow as, well about 2 pounds of asparagus). The spears stand upright. while cooking; this means that that the tougher stalks are closer to the heat source than the tender tips.
Another tool I used tonight is called a mister: put in your own olive oil and spray -- all to use less oil. I like it and used it often but wouldn't call it a must-have either.
Active time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
1 pound asparagus
Ginger juice (see ALANNA's TIPS)
Bring water to boil in an asparagus steamer over MEDIUM HIGH. Rinse spears well, then cut off and remove the woody ends. Place spears in steamer, cover and cook for 5 - 8 minutes or until fully cooked. Remove and mist with olive oil and sprinkle with ginger juice. Salt generously and serve.
- Ginger juice is just that -- the extracted juice from ginger roots. The brand I know Ginger People and I've seen it at specialty stores, international markets and some higher-end supermarkets.
Per Serving: 33 Cal (29% from Fat); 2g Protein; 1g Tot Fat; 4g Carb; 2g Fiber; 27mg Calcium; 2 g Iron; 2mg Sodium; 0mg Cholesterol, Weight Watchers 0 points