Asparagus with bacon

Yield: 4 Sweet ones

Measure Ingredient
1½ pounds Asparagus;* cut diagonally into 1" pieces
10 ounces (2 pkg) frozen apaparagus;
2 tablespoons Fresh parsley; snipped
2 tablespoons Lemon juice;
¼ teaspoon Salt;
2 slices Bacon; fried and chopped

* 2 PACKAGES (10 oz) frozen cut asparagus can be substitued for the fresh asparagus. Cook as directed on package; drain.

Place steamer basket in ½" water in saucepan or skillet (water should not touch the bottom of basket). Place lower stalk pieces in basket. Cover tightly and heat to boiling; reduce heat. Steam 4 minutes. Add tips. Cover tightly and steam until crisp-tender, 4 to 5 minutes longer. Toss asparagus with parsley, lemon juice and salt.

Sprinkle with bacon.

MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: Place asparagus, ½ cup water and ¼ teaspoon salt in 1½-quart microwable casserole. Cover tightly and microwave on high(100% depending how powerful the microwave is) 3 minutes, less if very powerful( my microwave is an older fact 20 years); stir. Cover and microwave until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Let stand 1 munites; drain. Continue as directed.

Serving size ¾ cup. Food Exchanges per serving: 1 VEGETABLE EXCHANGES + MAYBE ½ HIGH-FAT MEAT EXCHANGE; CAL: 75; (Bacon listed as Saturated Fat, but we wouldn't use it anyhow would we).

Source: Betty's Crocker's New American Cooking by WHOM(1983) Brought to you and yours via Nancy O'Brion and her Meal-Master

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