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Asparagus with Lemon Sauce

We didn’t have an oven or stove in our first years of marriage, so we relied heavily on our microwave. This side of asparagus in a creamy lemon sauce was always a favorite. Garnished with fresh lemon wedges, it’s a pretty addition to any menu. –Janice Gerbitz, Woodland, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cut fresh asparagus (2-inch pieces)
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

  • Place asparagus and water chestnuts in a shallow microwave-safe dish; add 1/2 in. of water. Cover and microwave on high for 6-8 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender; drain and keep warm.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the cream cheese, water, milk and lemon zest. Cover and microwave on high for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Pour over asparagus mixture; sprinkle with almonds.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 115 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 53mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein.

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