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Spring Time Asparagus and $100 Gift Card Giveaway – CLOSED

I’m honored to be a part of the 2014 Kraft Tastemaker Community, where I am teaming up with Kraft Foods to bring you family friendly recipes using common ingredients found in your pantry!

Asian Toasted Sesame Asparagus dineanddish.net

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to winner, Amy of Very Culinary who was chosen via Random.org. Thanks to all who entered!

Wow…this winter has been a tough one, hasn’t it? Deep into February, and snow day after snow day after snow day, I honestly thought spring would never get here! Thank goodness the days are getting longer, and the sun is shining warmer…and everything is finally starting to turn green again!

One of my favorite things about spring is the return of my favorite vegetable…asparagus. I absolutely love asparagus, and even though I know I can get fresh asparagus in the other seasons, there is nothing like the big, green stalks of asparagus at the market this time of year! Asian Toasted Asparagus dineanddish.net

I love asparagus so much, I’ve partnered with Kraft Foods to create an Asparagus themed Pinterest Board – it’s full of some of my favorite asparagus recipes out there! I hope you’ll come on over and check it out and re-pin some of your favorite recipes.
Follow Kristen @DineandDish’s board Spring Time Asparagus Recipes on Pinterest.

To help celebrate all things Spring, my friends at Kraft Foods have provided me with one $100 AMEX Gift Card to give away to one lucky Dine & Dish reader. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite thing about spring is. For an additional entry, visit kraftrecipes.com and leave an additional comment on this blog post letting me know what spring time recipe from their collection you’d most like to make. All entries must be received by midnight, CST on Wednesday, March 20th. Winner will be chosen via Random.org and notified via valid email address.

I couldn’t leave this post without sharing a recipe featuring my favorite spring time ingredient! If you’ve never tried roasted asparagus, you must give it a try. Even non-asparagus fans will love asparagus done this way!

I gave a simple roasted asparagus recipe a flavor twist using the lite version of Kraft’s Asian Toasted Sesame dressing. I hope you enjoy it!

Asian Toasted Sesame Roasted Asparagus

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: 4

Asian Toasted Sesame Roasted Asparagus

A simple recipe of roasted asparagus spears with a tangy Asian Toasted Sesame sauce.


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus spears, washed and bottom ¼ of stalks removed
  • ¼ cup lite Kraft Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 dash Kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Place asparagus in a single layer on baking sheet. Drizzle with lite Kraft Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing. Roll the asparagus around the baking sheet so each spear is covered with dressing.
  4. Toss evenly with sliced almonds.
  5. Sprinkle with Kosher salt.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until asparagus spears are tender when touched with a fork. Remove from the oven and serve warm.
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Disclosure: Kraft Foods is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me and has provided me with a gift of equal value for review.  This program is not administered or sponsored by Kraft Foods or its affiliates, but solely by Dine & Dish.

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  1. I’ll eat anything with avocado in it. Would love to try the recipe for Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Avocado, and Basil Pasta.

  2. Nicole Lancaster says:

    My favorite thing about Spring is seeing the new baby animals.

  3. Nicole Lancaster says:

    I would love to make the Strawberry-Candied Pecan Salad recipe.

  4. Christian Alejandro says:

    I love the incoming weather! The great temperatures are perfect for spending time outdoors.

  5. Mary Withrow says:

    I love the smell of fresh cut grass, sunny, yellow daffodils, beautiful bright green leaves appearing on the trees and cool mornings turning into beautiful days!

  6. Mary Withrow says:

    Spring recipes always include for me Strawberries! Their Heavenly Strawberry Roll is just that, fantastic and always a favorite is their Banana Pudding!

  7. My favorite thing about spring is the return of warm weather and the lovely flowers that start to bloom.

  8. The Strawberry-Candied Pecan Salad recipe immediately caught my eye. It has so many of my favorites.

  9. Lily Kwan says:

    My favorite thing about spring is the warmer temperatures.

  10. Lily Kwan says:

    The Bacon, Bleu Cheese, Avocado, and Basil Pasta recipe looks very tasty!

  11. I like the flowers coming in bloom.

  12. I like working in my garden.

  13. Strawberry-Candied Pecan Salad looks good.

  14. My favorite thing about spring is NO MORE BOOTS. Cute boots are one thing, but snow boots are just yuck.

  15. Nichole N says:

    My favorite thing about spring is sitting on the deck and listening to the birds chirp while enjoying a good book!

  16. Sunshine!!

  17. Hi there, yup this piece of writing is in fact pleasant and I have learned lot of things from it
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