Broccoli 4 Ways
Written by Carol Harrison
“I never much cared for broccoli until I tried it roasted” shares the lady next to me in the line up at the grocery store. She noticed my cart was full of broccoli (to test these recipes!). And she’s right. You can dampen broccoli’s bitter taste by drawing out the sweetness through roasting.
How to dial back the bitter taste of broccoli. You can cook with a little salt, add a dip or a bit of grated cheese to neutralize the bitter taste. Most importantly, cook to tender crisp to avoid those pungent aromas that come from overcooking (and lock in the water soluble vitamin C too!).
You can’t go wrong pairing broccoli with garlic, lemon, green chili peppers, mustard, ginger, sesame seed oil and shallots. They all add taste without compromising nutrition.
Broccoli is a nutrition bargain at about 25 cents a serving. Eating cruciferous vegetables like broccoli may help reduce the risk for 5 types of cancer as well as heart disease. It’s not just the vibrant green buds that burst with vitamins C, A, K, folate, fill-you-up fibre and antioxidants, the stalks and leaves are also low in calories and are nutritious too (the leaves have 5 times more vitamin A than the florets) so there’s no need to waste any of it.
Curb your food waste. Use the entire head of broccoli. Trim, peel and dice the stems or cut into “sticks”. Use it just like as you would the florets.
Work smarter, not longer. Broccoli is being added to all kinds of salad blends and veggie trays making it easier to eat your veggies. Check out the new options showing up in stores.
Quick Broccoli and Cheddar Muffin Tin Frittata
Make these on the weekend and breeze through weekday mornings. Check out the freezer friendly tip.
Quick Lentil Broccoli Slaw
Salty feta, sweet cranberries and crunchy veggies makes for a super salad. By using canned lentils and bagged coleslaw you’ll have this ready in a pinch.
One Pot Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Broccoli and cheese is a winning combo but incase you get bored, we’ve included seven more ideas to switch up your mac and cheese.
Roasted Broccoli with Lemon Aioli
If raw broccoli and dip is not your thing, I promise this will be.
Did you know? The fat in the aioli helps you to absorb the vitamin A and K in the broccoli? Check out the other tasty ideas for using leftover aioli listed with the recipe.