Gus? No it’s Asparagus!

Asparagus is in season right now. It also makes some people’s pee smell funny. Why is that you ask? It’s the chemicals that are broken down during digestion of the asparagus and it being part of the thiol family is the reason for that sulfurous odour. If you can handle that, you can reap the benefits of:

• improved digestion
• heart and bone health promotion
• fetal health if you are pregnant!

So get cooking folks!


• 1 lb asparagus spears (thick spears are best for roasting)
• 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• Kosher Salt
• Freshly grated black pepper
• Lemon juice


1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Rinse clean the asparagus. Break or cut the tough ends off of the asparagus as they are too tough to eat.

2 Lay the asparagus spears out in a single layer in a baking dish or pan. Drizzle olive oil over the spears, roll the asparagus back and forth until they are all covered with a thin layer of olive oil. (You can also put them in Ziploc bag and shake it up) Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub over the asparagus so that they are evenly distributed.

3 Place pan in oven and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until they can be pierced with a fork. Depending on how thick your spears are this can change the time needed to cook. Drizzle with a little fresh lemon juice before serving.

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