Welcome to my kitchen for another ASL video cooking tutorial! Today, we’re learning how to bake asparagus in American Sign Language.
When I first started learning to eat more vegetables, I discovered that the right preparation is everything.
I tried raw asparagus once as a kid. Hated it. In high school, I tried plain steamed asparagus. Hated it. So I assumed that all asparagus gross and a lost cause.
But then several years ago, I tried baked asparagus and it was a game changer. It turned out I did enjoy asparagus, I just hadn’t enjoy the previous asparagus preparations I’d tried.
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Why Eat Asparagus?
Asparagus is a low-calorie, high-nutrients vegetable. It’s packed with vitamins essential vitamins and minerals, including:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin E
Not only it is wonderful for digestive and heart health, asparagus is also a rich source of antioxidants.
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Why Bake Asparagus in American Sign Language?
Last year on my Instagram page, I got a comment from a deaf viewer expressing a desire for my content to be more accessible to members the deaf community.
I’m not deaf, but growing up I gained exposure to and appreciation for American Sign Language through watching the ASL interpreters in church. I began learning from books on ASL at my local library and eventually had the opportunity to take some entry level American Sign Language classes during my time in college.
Since receiving that comment, I’ve made an effort to make my videos and content more accessible to include individuals outside of the hearing community, including the creation of my IGTV ASL cooking tutorials.
I’m not the best ASL signer and I’m still learning and improving my rusty signing skills as I go. But these videos help me to practice my signing and make more of my content accessible to the deaf community.
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My Favorite Asparagus Meal Prep Tools
Before we dive right into my baked asparagus American Sign Language tutorial, here’s a look at a couple of the meal prepping tools I’m using today.
My husband got me this cutlery set for Christmas this past year and I absolutely LOVE it. Not only do they come in quite a few different colors to brighten up your kitchen, their sub-hilt design is extremely sturdy.
The knives from our original very expensive cutlery set we registered for as a wedding gift (which was a supposedly high-quality brand we thought would last us many years to come) started breaking a couple years into their use.
Also, they’re my favorite color. Can we talk about why more kitchen tools aren’t both pretty and effective? Call me crazy, but I think life is too short for two things: Matching socks and flimsy, ugly kitchen tools. These knives (like my fellow lady cooks) are elegant, effective and surprisingly cheap for a sturdy 14-piece cutlery set.
Quality Knife Sharpener
Yet another kitchen gadget Christmas gift, my aunt gave this to us a couple years back and it is hands down the best knife sharpener I’ve ever used.
It’s compact design doesn’t take up much space and a couple swipes through this baby will perk up the oldest, most dull knife out there (even crappy, expensive ones you registered for without realizing the handles would one day snap like twigs when attempting to sliver yourself off a measly slice of cheddar cheese).
Also, this thing is cheap. Like, one of the best $16-ish investments you can make into keeping your cutlery in tip-top, pointy condition.
How to Bake Asparagus in American Sign Language
•16 Ounces of fresh asparagus (about 1 bunch)
•2 Tablespoons chopped garlic
•1 Tablespoon dried basil
•1 Tablespoon dried oregano
•Coconut cooking oil spray
Wash and dry asparagus and chop off the firm white ends of the stalks.
Place onto a greased baking sheet and cover in an even coat of coconut oil spray. Sprinkle on the garlic and seasonings.
Bake for 30 minutes at 400°, or until asparagus are cooked through and slightly crispy. Remove from oven and enjoy.
Makes about 5 servings.
ADDITIONS & SUBSTITUTIONS:
- Don’t have any coconut cooking spray on hand? Butter or olive oil will do.
- Trying to convince kids of picky eaters to give baked asparagus a go? Try adding in a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese before you bake it.
- Remember the sky is the limit on what kind of seasonings you use on your asparagus. Feel free to use whatever savory seasonings you have on hand in your pantry.
- When making substitutions, just keep in mind that your macro count may slightly vary from this specific recipe. If you’re counting macros, just make sure to adjust the recipe macros in a macro calculator based on the ingredients you use.
- Calories: 33
- Carbs: 4.8g
- Fat: 0g
- Protein: 3.3g
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