Green Your Mother’s Day & Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Mother’s Day is coming up–do you have special plans?  Now that spring is finally here (we sat out on the patio for Margaritas last weekend!!), I am especially keen on making my celebration green.

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

 So I whipped up a “test” batch of a planned appetizer, Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus, and started to think about some things I could do for  my “other” mother while I am celebrating.Love-Your-Mother-Poster

Give a Green Gift (or get yourself a green gift)…

I like to give a gift that gets “used up” like natural bodycare products (see giveaway here),  chocolates or specialty foods, flowers, clothing or even a fun event.  There are gifts that are both personal and don’t encourage the unfettered accumulation of “stuff.”  I just took my mother out for a movie and dinner (my sister is getting her company for actual mother’s day) and gave her flowers that I arranged in a reused container: mothers-day-flowers

Repurpose Shopping Bags as Gift Wrap

Do you end up with lots of excess shopping bags (or is it just because I have teenagers)?  I got tired of recycling those, then buying gift bags, so I’ve started morphing them into my own gift bags with a little glue and small bits of old wrapping paper.  Here are some before/after pictures of the Christmas version from an earlier postgift-bag-composite

Entertain with Reusable, Compostable or Renewable Plates

Since china is “no waste” I recently added 8 place settings to my wedding china (thank you ebay), but a few times a year I hold an event that exceeds even my expanded dish capacity or I throw an outdoor party.  Last Mother’s Day I had over 20 brunch guests!  Then I end up using paper plates.

I was sent some plates and bowls from Ecoproducts for purposes of a review and was initially disappointed to learn that they required an industrial composter to be compostable.  But as I thought about it, I realized that compostable may work at a brunch which is low on meat products, but when I host the big Christmas party (or any other potluck) the plates are likely to be covered with food (think buffalo wings) that is unsuitable for composting anyway. 

And I’d neeev-er want to discourage the bringing of buffalo wings! ecoproducts

So I ended up really liking the Ecoproducts dishes.  The plates have a slight bit of a coating so are more soak resistant (also good for wings, not that I’m hinting) than what I have been using and are renewable (made from sugarcane)–much better than plastic plates.

Eat local

Eating local is another thing that you can do for the planet.    Did you know that your typical apple travels over 1500 miles to reach wholesalers in Chicago (and on from there to your table)? If you are going out, more and more restaurants are featuring fresh local ingredients.   Or use local ingredients in planning your own meal (is your freezer still as full as mine?).   

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

For my Mother’s Day, I am serving Proscuitto wrapped asparagus.

asparagus-w-herbsI first tasted this at a book club meeting where it was a big hit.   Since asparagus is in season right now, it can be an especially nice spring brunch food.

Prosciutto is a thinly sliced, dry-cured Italian ham.  “It is sometimes cured with nitrites (either sodium or potassium)… but only sea salt is used in Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) hams” (Wikipedia).  So if you avoid nitrites, look for a brand without them.   Prosciutto is now one of my favorite ingredients because it is easy to work with (no pre-cooking) and low calorie!

If you are working on a number of dishes–or just want an easier meal, this is a great appetizer or side dish–basically wrap and bake.  

wrapping asparagus spear with prosciutto

prosciutto wrapped asparagus in pan

Ready for the oven

prosciutto wrapped asparagus out of oven

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus out of oven

Happy Mother’s Day!

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Serves 8
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132 calories
3 g
22 g
10 g
8 g
3 g
86 g
642 g
1 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
86g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132
Calories from Fat 92
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
16%
Saturated Fat 3g
17%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 22mg
7%
Sodium 642mg
27%
Total Carbohydrates 3g
1%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
2%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb asparagus
  2. 8 oz prosciutto
  3. 1 T olive oil (or olive oil spray)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Rub pan with olive oil or spray with olive oil spray. Roll asparagus spears along pan to pick up light touch of oil.
  3. Wrap each spear in a piece of prosciutto (I used 1/3 piece per spear). Don't worry if it isn't tight or shreds some--prosciutto will shrink tighter with cooking
  4. Bake at 425F until spears are al dente and prosciutto is sizzling, about 15 minutes.
  5. Serve warm or cold.
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calories
132
fat
10g
protein
8g
carbs
3g
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9 thoughts on “Green Your Mother’s Day & Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

  1. Beth

    Both local and seasonal – a perfect recipe! And I’m with you on not accumulating “stuff”. I’d much rather receive an experience.

    By the way, inspired by your last post, I made Mother’s Day meringues. Wonderful!

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