Steamed Asparagus

A great 0 WW point side that goes great with any meal! Steamed fresh asparagus!

Steamed Asparagus

Steamed fresh asparagus.

Steamed fresh asparagus.

Clean the asparagus and line them up on a cutting board.

Clean the asparagus and line them up on a cutting board.

Take one of the asparagus spears and bend it, near the bottom until part of it naturally breaks off. (This is a trick I learned on Food Network.) Then you line them up and cut off the ends of the other spears at that point, using the snapped one as a model.

Take one of the asparagus spears and bend it, near the bottom until part of it naturally breaks off. (This is a trick I learned on Food Network.) Then you line them up and cut off the ends of the other spears at that point, using the snapped one as a model.

Like so.

Like so.

Then chop into bite size pieces (about four sections).

Then chop into bite size pieces (about four sections).

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Heat about 2 inches of water in a saucepan on medium heat until boiling.

Heat about 2 inches of water in a saucepan on medium heat until boiling.

My handy steamer. It has little pegs at the bottom that let it stand in boiling water. It holds the veggies above the boiling water and the steam is able to come up through the little holes to evenly cook the food.

My handy steamer. It has little pegs at the bottom that let it stand in boiling water. It holds the veggies above the boiling water and the steam is able to come up through the little holes to evenly cook the food.

Once the water is boiling, drop in the steamer, and spread open the petals. Place your chopped asparagus inside. (Add a little salt)

Once the water is boiling, drop in the steamer, and spread open the petals. Place your chopped asparagus inside. (Add a little salt)

Put the lid on and steam for approximately 6-8 minutes.

Put the lid on and steam for approximately 6-8 minutes.

Use a fork to stab the asparagus to test for doneness-should not be much resistance when stabbing through.

Use a fork to stab the asparagus to test for doneness-should not be much resistance when stabbing through.

When the asparagus is done steaming, remove the pot from the heat and take out the steamer to let the contents cool.

When the asparagus is done steaming, turn off the burner & remove the pot from the heat. Take out the steamer to let the contents cool.

All fanned out to cool.

All fanned out to cool. Then I spray with a little cooking spray to prevent them from sticking and add a sprinkle of salt.

Steamed fresh asparagus.

Steamed fresh asparagus.

0 WW points-enjoy!

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Grapefruit Power Food

I never thought I liked grapefruit, that is, until my husband bought some a while back. Then, I became interested in this strange citrus fruit he found so much joy in eating! So, he let me have a taste and it was great! I discovered I actually really like it! I also discovered the neatest way to prepare a grapefruit, which also leads to the neatest way to eat it. So, I thought I would share my method as it is different from the “cut in half, dump a load of sugar on it, & eat with a spoon” method.

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Use a cutting board and a serrated knife.

Florida's Ruby Red grapefruit

Florida’s Ruby Red grapefruit

Cut in half from end to end (from stem to stem).

Cut in half from end to end (from stem to stem).

Use your knife to "V" cut out the core & dig out the seeds (3-4 tan colored seeds, about the size of a large watermelon seed)

Use your knife to “V” cut out the core & dig out the seeds (3-4 tan colored seeds, about the size of a large watermelon seed)

Make a cut like this “/” on one side of the core, and a cut like this “\” on the other to make a “V” which cuts out the core strip. Then use your knife to dig out any seeds.

Cut the cored grapefruit half in half.

Cut the cored grapefruit half in half.

Then cut each half in half again.

Then cut each half in half again.

Each half makes 4 pieces.

Each half makes 4 pieces.

Then arrange on a little plate and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of sugar if you plan on having 2 of these bad boys in a day. The reason being, 1 teaspoon of sugar is 0 WW points. Or you could use the whole teaspoon of sugar to sprinkle over them.

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Enjoy! You can then eat it like an orange slice. 0 WW points & a great Power Food for weight loss.

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