It’s no secret that oil is not a health food. Yet the struggle to go totally oil-free when transitioning to a healthy, whole-food plant-based diet is real. How do you get more flavor, rich texture, and golden brown deliciousness minus the added fat?
For sure, it takes a little culinary know-how to recreate traditionally oil-laden favorites like pesto, French fries, quesadillas, hash browns, fried rice, tacos, cupcakes, and salad dresses without the added fat. But don’t fret: These 30 tantalizing recipes use easy cooking techniques such as baking, steaming, breading, roasting, pan-toasting, and sautéeing so you can skip the oil without skimping on flavor.
Herb-Crusted Asparagus Spears
These garlic and ‘Parmesan’-crusted asparagus spears make a tasty side dish, snack, or party appetizer. Easy and elegant!
From Naked Food Magazine.
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
2. Wash the asparagus. To remove the white bottom end, hold each asparagus spear with both hands and bend it near the white end. The white end will snap off.
3. Transfer hemp seeds to a small bowl and mix in the nutritional yeast, garlic, pepper, paprika, and breadcrumbs. Stir and set aside.
4. Arrange the asparagus spears side by side in a baking dish and sprinkle with the hemp mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until asparagus are crispy. Serve and sprinkle with some lemon juice.
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