SUPERFOOD // ASPARAGUS:
Asparagus may help our brains fight cognitive decline. Like leafy greens, asparagus delivers folate, which works with vitamin B12—found in fish, poultry, meat and dairy—to help prevent cognitive impairment. Folate is critical for proper brain function. Older adults with healthy levels of folate and B12 had better response for speed and mental flexibility. Your ability to absorb B12 decreases with age so make sure you are getting enough in your diet. Start with my recipe for Potato Asparagus Hash with Sunny Side Up Eggs.
Recipe by Rose Reisman
- 1 pound new or baby potatoes, scrubbed, halved if large
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 pound), trimmed and cut in 1/2-inch pieces
- 4 ounces shiitake mushroom caps, or other mushrooms, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped jarred roasted red peppers, rinsed
- Salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped dill or basil
- 4 large eggs
- 1 Place a steamer basket in a large saucepan, add 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Put potatoes in the basket and steam until barely tender when pierced with a skewer, 12 to 15 minutes, depending on size. When cool enough to handle, chop into 1/2-inch pieces.
- 2 Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large (not nonstick) skillet over medium heat. Add asparagus, mushrooms and garlic and cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to a plate.
- 3 Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the pan. Add onion and the potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up the browned bits with a metal spatula, until the potatoes are browned, 4 to 8 minutes. Add cooked asparagus, roasted peppers, salt and pepper, and dill or basil. Place on serving platter.
- 4 Meanwhile in a small skillet sprayed with vegetable oil, crack eggs gently and cook about 5 minutes uncovered just until yolks are still loose. With a spatula, carefully place eggs over top.