Healthy Ingredient of the Week – Chives

Chives, a cousin of onions, leeks, and garlic, can add a mild flavor and bright garnish to a variety of dishes. Adding even a small amount of chives to a dish will not only liven it up, but increase its health benefits as well. Like the other members of the Alliaceae family, chives contain allicin, a compound that may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Additionally, chives contain the flavonoid quercetin, which acts as an antioxidant to reduce the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Other antioxidants found in chives include Vitamins C and K.

Asparagus with Chive Vinaigrette and Sliced Almonds

Ingredients
1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
1 tablespoon minced shallots
2 tablespoons chopped chives
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons slices almonds

Instructions
1. Steam asparagus in a quarter-inch of water in a large pot for 4 until it’s crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Remove from pot and set aside.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together shallots, chives, vinegar, mustard, and oil. Season to taste with pepper.
3. Drizzle vinaigrette over asparagus and top with sliced almonds. Serves 4.

Recipe from Taste of Life magazine, April 2014.

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