Magic Asparagus :: A Recipe Inspired By Bluey
I’m constantly looking for new ways to get my kids to eat their veggies. Add in four kids and a particular husband and it’s difficult to please everyone for dinner. This super easy “magic asparagus” recipe was eaten by my kids and husband without complaint. It was also inspired by one of our family’s favorite shows, Bluey.
Bluey is a show that all of my kids will watch without whining, and it’s enjoyable for parents too. That my friends is a rare unicorn of a show. You can watch with your Disney plus subscription.
Start here if you’ve never watched before.
In this episode of Bluey called “Asparagus,” Chili Heeler (Bluey’s mum) offers Bluey a magic asparagus that will turn anyone into an animal. Bluey then uses her magic asparagus to turn the whole family into different animals ranging from donkeys to chickens. Dinner is seemingly over as the family make their way through the house and neighbors yard in a hilarious rendition of a variety of animals. They eventually make their way back to the table, and Bluey has finished all her vegetables. What a brilliant and fun way to get kids to eat their veggies. Bravo Chili.
Well, this recipe of mine recently became known as “magic asparagus”, when my daughter asked for a stalk so she could turn her sisters into animals too. All four of my kids, even the toddler, ate all of their asparagus. They even claimed before dinner that they don’t like asparagus, but they ate every bite of it. Mom-1, Kids-0. Thanks Chili.
There is an only one ingredient you need besides the asparagus to make it into magic asparagus. That ingredient is bacon. Bacon can make pretty much any dish magical, in my opinion.
So here’s the recipe:
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil for easy clean up. Cut the hard end off your asparagus so it will be nice and soft when cooked. Then cut your bacon slices in half and wrap one half around one asparagus. Repeat until all asparagus are wrapped and line them up on your baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about twenty minutes or until the asparagus looks slightly wilted and the bacon is crispy. If your bacon is thick cut, you’ll need to add 10 minutes to the cooking time. You can flip half way through the cooking time to ensure even crispiness on both sides. Voila! Your magic asparagus are ready to be eaten.