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These garlic and ‘Parmesan’-crusted asparagus spears make a tasty side dish, snack, or party appetizer. Easy and elegant!

From Naked Food Magazine.


  • 1 bunch of asparagus (about 12 spears)
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • Pinch of paprika
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • Juice of ½ lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Wash the asparagus. To remove the white bottom end, hold each asparagus spear with both hands and bend it near the white end. The white end will snap off.
  3. Transfer hemp seeds to a small bowl and mix in the nutritional yeast, garlic, pepper, paprika, and breadcrumbs.  Stir and set aside.
  4. Arrange the asparagus spears side by side in a baking dish and sprinkle with the hemp mixture.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until asparagus are crispy.
  6. Serve and sprinkle with some lemon juice.

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Ashley K2 months ago
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Freaking delicious!! I absolutely cannot stand vegetables baked without oil or boiled/steamed.. and I’ve been struggling until this GODSEND of a recipe! I omitted the breadcrumbs because I’m avoiding wheat as part of an elimination diet, and it was still fantastic! Had a nutty flavor, didn’t seem dry and definitely not bland.

The only thing I am going to be sure to do for the next time is to wet the asparagus before sprinkling the mixture, it didn’t stick as well to some pieces that were dry. Easy fix though!

Sarah4 months ago
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No oil? No nothing? Where are the bread crumbs final place?

proof read???????

Ashley K2 months ago
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Forks Over Knives is an oil free eating program they emphasize plant based eating for health, and that excludes all oils. Very good for cardiac issues!

Forks Over Knives4 months ago
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The nutrition experts with whom we consult generally say that a whole-food plant-based diet with total calories not exceeding 15% from fat is optimal for health, so oil is not used in any of our recipes.

The breadcrumbs are used in step 3, mixed with other ingredients, and then that mixture is added to the asparagus in Step 4.

Carol Wire4 months ago
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Any suggestions on how to do this without bread?

Sandy8 months ago
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We’ve made this recipe numerous times and LOVE it. Don’t forget to drizzle the lemon juice on top because it really adds to it.

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Margarita Restrepo and Michele Lastella

Margarita Restrepo is the founder and editor-in-chief of Naked Food Magazine and author of the Naked Food Cookbook. Margarita is certified in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Foundation and Cornell University and is the lead Naked Food Chef and recipe developer. Michele Lastella is founder of Sustainable Society, a media organization focused on developing sustainable innovation through ancient knowledge. Michele is an Italian plant-based cuisine chef, Naked Food Chef, and producer of biodynamic wine and olives. He is also a Reiki master, film writer, and director.

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