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Win the Weekend with Asparagus with Feta and Tomatoes

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Asparagus with Feta and Tomatoes is a winning combination! This easy recipe will become a go-to in your kitchen. It’s ready in less than 15 minutes. WIN!

I love it as a simple, vegetarian supper. It’s also great as a side dish and is perfect with baked or grilled chicken or fish. This spring dish is seriously on a weekly rotation “Chez VA.” (And, this technique works great with green beans and broccoli, too!)

This quickie Good and Good for You newsletter includes:

  • Living your best life by picking up trash. (Wait, what?!)
  • A self-care technique that Navy Seals utilize to control stress. (Again, wait, what?!)
  • Inspiration from the fantastic Carla Hall about finding your worth.
  • Recipe for Asparagus with Feta and Tomatoes
  • Bonus recipe for your Derby Party!


Asparagus is available year-round and imported from all over the world, but fresh spring asparagus blows those imports away. Asparagus is fantastic in the spring before the summer vegetables are in season. This recipe for Asparagus with Feta and Tomatoes is only 4 ingredients, not including salt and pepper!

Check out this post for more about asparagus — how to clean it, cook it, and store it — as well as the science behind asparagus pee. (If you know you know — and if you don’t know, then you may be missing a gene!)

The key to a stellar dish of Asparagus with Feta and Tomatoes is using authentic Feta cheese. All feta is not the same. I liken fake feta to the green can of “parmesan.” Ahem.


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Best Life Living Tip

Did you know that picking up trash makes you feel better? No, I don’t mean your kid’s dirty socks or your partner’s kitchen mess.

I mean garbage, litter, and trash on the side of the road, in the parking lot, and out in nature.

As you are picking up trash, you are making your community a better place to live.

Studies show there is a correlation between engaging in a good cause and your mental health. When people pick up trash, they know they made a difference and it positively impacts their mental health.

I’ve got a kit in my car with gloves, sanitizer, and bags. Give it a try!

Self-Care Technique

I don’t know that I ever thought I would do ANYTHING a Navy Seal can do… but here we are.

Have you heard of Box Breathing? I heard about Box Breathing a few years ago from Brene Brown and it’s transformative. Especially as we consider Mental Health Awareness Month, box breathing can help you work through stressful moments.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the term “Box Breathing” refers to a box having four sides. It’s 4 seconds as you breathe in, 4 seconds to hold, 4 seconds to breathe out, and 4 seconds to hold.

If you realize you are starting to become anxious, give it a try. You’ll be amazed!

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Ideas and Inspiration from Experts

Carla Hall is a superstar, we all know that! So happy to see her soar and shine. I have to tell you she is as nice in person as she seems on TV — and ahem, that’s not always the case.

Carla recently joined Q50, a group of 50+ awesome women over on QVC. Check it out — so inspiring! For those of you that haven’t yet hit 50 — watch out! It all just gets better, it does! I firmly believe women come into their power. It’s amazing.

Speaking of power, I want to share something Carla told me a few years ago.

I called her to ask her advice about a rate and a client. We are on different pay scales for work, but she gave me some advice I will never forget. I am paraphrasing, but she said,

“Think about what amount will make you happy, not satisfied, but really, truly happy. That’s the number you want to aim for … The other number is you second-guessing your worth…..”

Words to live by! Go get that bag! Believe in yourself. You can do it!

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Point it Out

This recipe for Asparagus with Feta and Tomatoes is about 4 WW points per serving if halved as a side dish — or 7 smart points if you eat the whole thing like I do for dinner.

As a bonus recipe, here’s an easy app for your Kentucky Derby party — Hot Brown Vidalia Onion Bites. Read on for more!

Thanks so much for reading. Let me know what you think about the Asparagus with Feta and Tomatoes. Please don’t forget to give me a follow on IG.

Bon Appétit Y’all!

Virginia Willis

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Asparagus with Feta and Tomatoes

For authentic Feta, look for a red and gold seal marked Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), which identifies a product as originating from a certain region, area or, in some exceptional cases, a country, whose quality or characteristics are due to the particular geographical environment or production process.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, main, Salad
Cuisine: American, greek, plant-based
Diet: Diabetic
Keyword: easy asparagus, healthy asparagus, side dish
Servings: 2
Calories: 158kcal


  • 16 ounces asparagus stem ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ounce feta preferably PDO, crumbled into large pieces
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes or 1 large ripe tomato cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
  • Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat the oven to broil. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a nonstick silicone baking mat or aluminum foil. Place the asparagus on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with pepper. Transfer to the oven and roast until lightly charred and wilted, shaking once during cooking, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven. Scatter feta chunks and tomato over the top. Return to the oven and bake until the feta has softened and the tomatoes are warmed through, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2395IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 5mg


Food styling by Lynne Sawicki

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Virginia Willis

Georgia-born French-trained chef Virginia Willis has foraged for berries in the Alaskan wilderness, harvested capers in the shadow of a smoldering volcano in Sicily, and executed the food styling for a Super Bowl commercial seen by over 160 million people. Virginia is a Beard award-winning cookbook author, chef, content creator, and motivational speaker. She has lost 65# and kept it off for more than 3 years. Because of her own health journey, she is a cheerleader for others seeking to make lifestyle changes to feel healthier and happier. Her experience inspired her to launch “Good and Good for You” a lifestyle brand rooted in culinary that shares health and wellness content through digital channels; public speaking; and print media. Fans love her approachable spirit and friendly down-to-earth style. For more information visit

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