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Jun
23
2011

Grilled Asparagus With Balsamic Tomatoes…and Admissions

Gluten Free Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes

 

I admit it. I have a hard time keeping up with my normal blogging schedule when the kids are home for summer. I have wanted to share this recipe for Gluten Free Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes with you for a while now.

I think it really is due to the fact that I do not budget my time properly. Or at all, for that matter.

But, it is summer. And we are having fun. And a lot of it.

So, I am not making excuses. I am just looking for ways to get in and out of the kitchen fairly quick these days.

Most of our meals have been coming off of the grill or from a quick flash in the pan on the stove-top.

This is mainly because my husband has officially turned on his “Do Not Turn On the Oven” sign.  Now that we have officially reached the triple digits outside, he deems the oven as off limits until we dip back down into the 90’s.

Balsamic Grilled Cherry Tomato Salad

Okay. He does not really have a sign…Yet. But you can bet your oven mitts that one of these days, with all of the times that I break his rule, there will be one soon. And he will probably have it made…in Neon Lights. And it will probably be obnoxiously big.

And because he rarely reads my blog, I will make an admission. I am going to say it here…he is right. GASP! The oven really does heat the house up entirely too much during the summer.

But. Do. Not. Ever. Tell. Him. I. Said. So. Ever.

Okay. I feel better now that I have gotten that off of my chest.

So about this recipe…I have been making a version of this for years. And recently, the April issue of  Cooking Light had a very similar recipe to the one I have been making all of this time. It inspired me to whip it up again (especially since my yellow tear-drop tomatoes in my garden are growing faster than we can eat them). It is so easy to throw together. And as you can see, it also makes an absolutely beautiful and colorful side dish.

Oh, and my friend AndreAnna, from Life as a Plate, marinates her tomatoes overnight in balsamic vinegar for her Balsamic Grilled Cherry Tomato Salad and I think that would be absolutely brilliant in this recipe as well! The next time I make this, I am using her method.

Gluten Free Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes

Grilled Asparagus With Balsamic Tomatoes

Gluten Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Easily Dairy Free

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Asparagus, ends trimmed off
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt, divided
  • 2 cups Grape Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tsp Fresh Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp Crumbled Goat Cheese (FOR DAIRY FREE: simply omit Goat Cheese)

Directions:

1.  Preheat Grill to High Heat. Place Asparagus in bowl and toss with 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil and 1/2 tsp of Sea Salt. Place Asparagus cross-wise across grill grates (or place on Vegetable Grilling Tray) and grill over high heat for 3-5 minutes, or desired tenderness. Remove to serving platter and cover with foil to keep warm while making tomatoes.

2.  Heat remaining 1 Tbsp Olive Oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the Tomatoes and Garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in Balsamic Vinegar and cook for 2 minutes more. Add in remaining salt.

3. Top Asparagus with Tomato mixture. Then top with Goat Cheese, if using. Serve.

Oh…and make sure to check back next week. I have a fun, fast, and easy Red, White, and Blue treat to help you enjoy our nation’s Independence Day with a big smile!

27 Comments
  1. On June 23, 2011 AndreAnna said

    I just licked my computer screen and they kicked me out of the coffee shop. Nice work, Kim. Nice.

    • On June 23, 2011 Emily said

      AndreAnna… That confession made me laugh out loud. :D

      Kim: This look DELICIOUS! I wish I could just come be your personal assistant at your house and eat all your delicious food. YUM.
      (Esp since I don’t think I’ll be able to come to the beach this summer due to working :( so this just means I need to sneak in a weekend to come see you guys!) And don’t worry, I’ll tell you if Kurt orders a HOT OVEN sign from us hahah

      • On June 27, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

        And Em. Thanks so much!! How fun would it be for you to come be my personal assistant?? The kids would be in heaven and I would totally have a cooking buddy! ;)
        Totally going to miss you at the beach! I think a weekend getaway is definitely in order! And since I know you would be the only ones that Kurt would order that sign from, I am counting on you to re-desing his order to one that would benefit ME!! ;)

    • On June 27, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      AndreAnna, I am working on my scratch-and-lick website now. It is going to be all the rage. And I do anticipate many people getting kicked out of coffee shops because of it! xo ;)

  2. On June 23, 2011 walker said

    Gorgeous looking. I’m tempted to run to store and get asparagus this moment. I’m wondering if the balsamic marinade will discolor yellow tomatoes so I may have to give it a shot. Thanks!

    • On June 27, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Walker! I do think that marinating the yellow tomatoes would definitely change the color, unless, of course, you use white balsamic vinegar! ;) But I think the flavor, regardless of the color, would be great!!!

  3. On June 23, 2011 Heidi said

    ROFL!!! I can soooooooooooo see Kurt handing you a ginormous neon sign! Thanks for the laugh my friend…I can always count on you (and AndreAnna) to make a beverage come flying out my nose! ;-)

    The asparagus looks delish, I think I will try this over the weekend!

    BTW, as far as the “time management issues” are concerned…you ARE NOT ALONE! But I prefer to think of it as “moms gone wild,” ya know, living on the edge of insanity as the four walls of our home begin to look like prison bars! :-D

    xoxo,
    Heidi

  4. On June 23, 2011 GF Dad said

    Kurt, it’s Mike.

    Switch the circuit breaker off for the oven. It will take Kim at least a week to figure it out.

    Better yet, super-glue it into the OFF position. When she asks you to fix it, pretend you have a leg cramp and that you also don’t have the right tools. Go to Home Depot, spend $400 on cool stuff for you, and then watch the game in the garage while you pretend to try to fix it. After a few hours, go outside for a few minutes so you can get sweaty before you go inside, and throw down your old tools (which you don’t mind breaking) in despair; complain that you have wrestled with it all day and can’t make it budge. Elicit sympathy that your hands are all torn up and you need to call a “professional” to help. Procrastinate for a few days until you call an electrician, schedule it as far out as you can, and then cancel at the last minute but tell Kim it’s his fault. Reschedule for late August…it should start to “cool” off by then, but I’m talking about your weather, not Kim.

    Don’t judge me because I know how to do this. I. just. know.

    • On June 27, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Mike, it’s Kurt.

      You are brilliant. My other defense is just to send her off to the beach for the summer where she can use the oven to her heart’s content. But your idea is better, and FAR less expensive!!

      I think your plan would work perfectly. Especially, since one of my buds is our electrician. I could easily get him to go along with my plan and give the report that the oven requires a back-ordered part. However, I am deathly afraid that it would only result in the claim from Kim that we would then need a new oven. Unfortunately, her taste in kitchen appliances has grown exponentially with her kitchen skills.

      I must say. I am pretty impressed with your knowledge in this area. I am beginning to think that you have pulled a few good ones over on Heidi! We are going to have to compare notes the next time we are together!

      Oh, and unfortunately, we do not get a break in this heat until September.

  5. On June 24, 2011 Maggie said

    Mmmm, this is awesome! Let’s hope I can still find some local asparagus at the market this weekend! Looking forward to seeing that neon sign too! Can’t believe your high temps. Are you guys just living in the pool?

    • On June 27, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hey Maggie!! I hope you found some asparagus!! And yes. To answer your question…we are totally living in the pool! Although, right now we are in California at the beach. It was a good time to get out of dodge with temps hitting close to 110 this week!!

  6. On June 24, 2011 Carol, SGF said

    hahaha! Your hubby and mine are so alike! Mine goes on such a ramapage when I turn the oven on during the summer and I, of course break the rules. Don’t give him any ideas with the sign!

    This looks so delish!

    xo,
    c

    • On June 27, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Carol, so glad you get it! IT is so frustrating! Although, I am queen of breaking that rule all of the time….even if my house feels like Death Valley! xo

  7. On June 24, 2011 Gail said

    I made this as part of my supper tonight and it was delicious. I didn’t have goat cheese so I sprinkled with feta and it was excellent. Definitely a keeper. Love asparagus but this adds a new twist. Thanks!

    • On June 27, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Gail!! Yay! I am so glad you liked this one! I have made it with feta a ton of times as well and I think it is just as good! Thanks for coming back and letting me know that it is a keeper!! ;)

  8. On June 24, 2011 Sarena said

    I love balsamic tomatoes! These look perfect! My husband has the same feelings towards the oven unless I get to it early in the day. I’m with you, to some degree, I agree with him!

    • On June 27, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Sarena!! I hate that the hubbies are right on this one. LOL I wish that it made a difference to use it earlier in the day. But, unfortunately, come mid-summer, our morning temps are already in the 90’s. Blek. ;)

  9. On June 24, 2011 InTolerantChef said

    Our summer temperatures get up past 40*c, so I know what you mean. Eating can just seem too much effort, but with recipes like this I’m sure to get my appetite back!

    • On June 27, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Oh my, intolerantChef! That is really hot! I hear you on the idea that eating (and cooking) seem like too much effort! That is why I am on the lookout for easy ones all summer long! ;)

  10. On June 27, 2011 Cindy said

    I made this last night. We had company over and they loved it also. This is a really good summer recipe. I used red grape tomatoes and it came out really good. We went dairy free no cheese. But still great.
    Thanks so much.

  11. On July 6, 2011 glutenfreeforgood said

    Kim,

    I was derailed after the first 2 sentences of this post. “Normal blogging schedule?” Really? People have blogging schedules? Normal ones?

    No wonder I’m always lost in the dust when it comes to blogging. =)

    Oh well, what is most fun about blogging is finding wonderful recipes like this one. I love asparagus and grilling it like you’ve done here is an excellent idea. It’s a lot hotter where you are, but I’m with you on keeping the oven off and using other methods. Love the addition of tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. This recipe really does sound good. It’s a “keeper.”

    Peace, love and “normal” blogging (for some anyway)!
    Melissa

  12. On July 26, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    I have no idea how I missed this post before!! Boy, did I miss out … on the recipe itself and all the bantering going on–TOOOO funny! I do remember now reading that Maggie had made this recipe when she adopted you. Oh, you know what? It looks like you posted this when I was entertaining the girls for our event-filled weekend. I feel better now! Can’t wait to make this one, Kim, and I’m tickled pink that you’ll be having a scratch-and-lick site soon. That’s bound to be a runaway winner in the food blogging world (gf or not)!

    xo,
    Shirley

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