{Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner} Lemon Ginger Asparagus with Toasted Almonds

When Lee proposed the idea of a Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu to Lexi, Kelly, Olena and me, I was beyond ecstatic. A) Because I am absolutely obsessed with Valentine’s Day (see Friday’s post) and b) because I have an unhealthy infatuation with tricking people into eating healthy food….it’s weird.

VDAYLOGO2 The concept for this post was simple, each of us was assigned a dish and then we had free reign over what to make. The only guideline was to keep it healthy and use whole, real food.

I got this.

I’ll be honest, I was thrilled I got the side dish. Mains make me nervy (Olena you’re seriously my idol for championing lamb!) and my drink of choice is wine. If I was put in charge of a cocktail I probably would have thrown some ice cubes and club soda into some wine and called it a spritzer. Now I can almost guarantee you that if we do another meal together they are definitely giving me a cocktail. I sort of regret typing this.

Meet-The-Team So why exactly is Valentine’s Day my favourite holiday? Because I am absolutely, head-over-heels in love with love. I have no idea where I got it from since my family is not the most lovey-dovey, but nevertheless I have turned out to be a real hopeless romantic.

I love love in all forms. A mom hugging her kid, a couple greeting each other after a long day, Oprah (Oprah = love). And don’t even get me started on weddings…I bawled my eyes out watching The Bachelor’s Catherine and Sean’s Wedding the other day. Then promptly called C and told him I started a pinterest board dedicated to all things wedding. He thinks I’m totally nuts, but was not at all surprised. Like I said, hopeless romantic.

lemon ginger asparagus with toasted almonds

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I hope that we are able make your Valentine’s Day a little less stressful by doing the meal-planning for you. Plus all of these dishes are so delicious, your spouse/parents/bestie/baby doesn’t have to know that the whole meal is healthy!

Pick one, pick two or make the whole darn meal! You have 11 days to get your act together and start spreading the love. Get cooking!

Walnut Encrusted Sea Scallops from Nosh and Nourish

Walnut encrusted sea scallops

Blood Orange and Grapefruit Mocktail from Fit Foodie Finds

Blood Orange and Grapefruit Mocktal

Lemon Ginger Asparagus with Toasted Almonds from your’s truly. Scroll down for the recipe.


Easy Roasted Lamb Shoulder from iFOODreal

Easy Roasted Lamb Shoulder

Paleo Flourless Chocolate Cake with Berry Sauce from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Paleo Flourless Chocolate Cake

Lemon Ginger Asparagus with Toasted Almonds

by The Healthy Maven

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Keywords: cook roast side gluten-free dairy-free paleo asparagus almond Valentine’s Day


  • 2 bunches of asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • zest of one lemon (then chop lemon into slices)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, ginger, lemon zest and sea salt.

3. Add asparagus to bowl and coat with sauce (or use a large ziploc bag).

4. Line TWO baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

5. Spread asparagus on sheets and top with sliced lemon.

6. Place sheets in oven and bake for 7 mins.

7. While asparagus is roasting add almonds to a small frying pan and cook over medium heat until browned (about 3-5 mins). Or use toaster oven.

8. Remove sheets from oven and turn over asparagus as best as you can.

9. Swap the rack each sheet was on and bake for another 8 mins.

10. Remove from oven and top with toasted almond.

11. Serve warm.

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Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If so, what will you be making for your Valentine’s Day Dinner?


  1. says

    So much yummmmm–you totally nailed it! The asparagus looks delicious–actually the whole meal looks delicious. I’m glad to hear you’re also a hopeless romantic too. It’s kind of pathetic sometimes but, like you said, I just love love.
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  2. says

    This is such an adorable idea! You guys rock. I also have to say I love that you are such a romantic! It’s so refreshing! Most people are so jaded these days it’s depressing. I’m not a traditional romantic but like you I LOVE love and will dissolve into a puddle of tears for anything even remotely sentimental.
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  3. says

    I love this whole meal plan!! I’ll be spending my Valentine’s night eating dinner with over-acheiving high schoolers at a scholarship dinner for work, but Saturday Riley’s taking me out for a real Valentine’s dinner/early B-day celebration for me. I can’t wait!!
    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food recently posted…Super Bowl fun

  4. says

    Oh my, everything looks incredible!! The perfect Valentine’s day meal. Grant and I celebrate V-day but we do it low key. We make eachother dinner/dessert and write cards to each other. It’s a nice inexpensive tradition we have because our birthdays are in Jan/Feb so it’s a lot of celebrations in a few months haha.
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    • says

      I love that! After this week of baking craziness I feel like we’ll end up ordering in. But if C gives me shit for it I’ll remind him of the 10 lbs worth of baked goods currently sitting in our kitchen…which for the record you are welcome to anytime!

  5. says

    I never know how to season asparagus… I end up drizzling on balsamic and calling it a day. ANYWAY I’m not celebrating (that I know of) because I’m single AF but honestly I’ll probably make dinner with my dad or go out with him or something. Watch him have a date since he has a secret girlfriend I don’t know about. I don’t really mind though, to me it’s another day – people shouldn’t need a day to tell them to tell people they love them.
    Cassie recently posted…Two Bite Gluten Free, Sugar Free Paleo Brownies

  6. says

    I’m the biggest hopeless romantic as well and love love! Like you, it’s not just romantic love, it’s love in all forms. Love is such a beautiful force and is what connects all of us. Do you read The Daily Love? If not, you definitely should. I’m such a sap that I even cry from commercials sometimes.

    This meal looks amazing. Such a great idea for your ladies to put this together.
    Nikki @ Quest for Balance recently posted…Weekly Workouts: January 20 – January 27

  7. says

    Don’t hate meeee… I don’t really love Valentine’s Day! I never really have but maybe it’s manifesting itself more this year because I’m super single. I’m also not the type to go out with a rando of Vday though, so I guess it’ll just be another year of me eating chocolate in my bed while I watch TV :p Love the simplicity of this recipe and the group meal thing is a really cute idea. I also love Lexi and Lee’s additions! I’m a sucker for a grapefruit mixer and a chocolate cake.
    Ang @ Nutty for Life recently posted…Marvelous Motivation [MIMM #22]

  8. says

    This entire meal is mouthwatering! Love what you did with the asparagus. I might have to make this immediately- like, tonight. We’ve always cooked dinner at home for Valentines Day but decided to go out this year, although now I’m wondering if maybe we should stay and make this!
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  9. says

    This looks amazing! I usually cook for Valentine’s Day because it is only a few days before my bday and I like to be taken out for the big day. This year I’ll be traveling so I will probably eat out BUT I pinned this because I would so make this next year! What a fabulous idea! Everything looks amazing!
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  10. says

    We don’t celebrate Valentines Day, but we fly on a 1 week vacation in Spain on that day – does that count? I will have a huge piece fo salmon on a hot stone in my favorite restaurant at the beach.
    Though I wouldn’t mind your side dish with it – I LOVE asparagus!! Would you consider joining me at the beach and serve? You can have my wine!

  11. says

    Urgh V day. I expect to be peppered with love, hearts and all things tasty from you!

    Asparagus is amazing and it’s meant to be in season here but $3.99 a tiny bunch does NOT seem to be a seasonal friendly price. I’ve tried asparagus with pine nuts but not almonds….Hello whole30 friendly food ;)
    Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted…MIMM- Settling into Sydney #2

  12. says

    YES I love Valentines day. Even though I am single this year, I am totally not a hater, but a full time lover!! I think I will be getting dressed up and going to dinner with my girlfriend, but I will have to make this asparagus just because. JUST BECAUSE IT LOOKS SO GOOD. Lemon makes anything like 10x better.

  13. says

    What a great idea ladies! I used to not like asparagus but in the last few years have become more of a fan, and I enjoy dressing it up with some EVOO, balsamic and almonds like you did here.

    I love that you love love, because I just love love too!! Since food is love to me, I love to make a really nice meal on Valentine’s Day for my hubby. We have been apart for like 4 V-Day’s in a row I think… but this year we’ll be together! WOOHOO!

  14. says

    Ok I have to admit I’m not even the biggest fan of asparagus, but this dish looks so good! Love all the flavours you used.

    It almost makes me wish we were staying in and cooking on Valentine’s Day… but we decided to go out somewhere. We’re just in the process of deciding on a restaurant! So far we’re looking at The Chase, Woodlot, Bar Isabel, and Aria in Toronto – have you been to any of those? Or do you have any other recommendations? :D
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