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Salmon and asparagus wraps

Agriculture.com Staff 07/06/2010 @ 5:20pm

Did you know that asparagus leads nearly all produce in the number of nutrients it supplies -- in significant amounts -- for a healthy diet? For instance, it's the leading supplier of folic acid. A 5.3-ounce serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folacin, which is necessary for blood cell formation, growth, and liver disease prevention. Its wealth of nutrients, fiber, and very low sodium and calorie content make it a wise choice for any meal.

Preparation: 30 minutes

16 ounces fresh asparagus spears
1/2 cup light cream cheese
2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 ounces smoked salmon, coarsely flaked, skin and bones removed
1/4 cup snipped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed
4 7-inch to 8-inch whole wheat flour tortillas
1 medium red sweet pepper, seeded and cut into thin bite-size strips

1. Snap off and discard woody asparagus bases. In covered large saucepan cook asparagus spears in small amount of lightly salted boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and plunge into ice water to cool quickly. Drain again; pat dry with paper towels.

2. In medium bowl stir together cream cheese, lemon peel, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. Fold in flaked salmon and basil. Spread on tortillas. Arrange asparagus and sweet pepper strips on salmon mixture. Roll up tortillas. If necessary, secure with toothpicks. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition facts per serving: 290 calories, 11 g total fat, 28 mg cholesterol, 918 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrates, 13 g dietary fiber, 24 g protein.

Did you know that asparagus leads nearly all produce in the number of nutrients it supplies -- in significant amounts -- for a healthy diet? For instance, it's the leading supplier of folic acid. A 5.3-ounce serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folacin, which is necessary for blood cell formation, growth, and liver disease prevention. Its wealth of nutrients, fiber, and very low sodium and calorie content make it a wise choice for any meal.

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