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It’s Always on Lists of Healthiest Foods!

Yep, It’s Broccoli

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I kind of grew up without broccoli. I didn’t really give it a second thought until I went away to college and discovered this beautiful vegetable. I ate it regularly with my roommates, and I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t a staple on the generally healthy table of my family. I came home, touting the virtues of broccoli — it’s a┬ámember of the cruciferous vegetable family, can help lower cholesterol, is high in vitamins A and K and fiber, and is delicious! Broccoli is available year-round, too. Raw or steamed, in stir-frys, salad, main dishes or pasta — it’s not only healthy, it’s very versatile too (just pinterest search “broccoli recipes” if you doubt me!) My father patiently let me wax eloquent for a while, and then quietly said, “Well, you didn’t have it in the Navy.”

Yeah.

Broccoli can also be ruined pretty easily. ┬áBut if you remember one rule, you’ll be ok. Here’s the rule: undercook. Cooked broccoli should be bright green. Years ago my mother-in-law refused to eat broccoli in a restaurant because it was so bright green that she thought they had soaked it in food coloring. She’d never had properly prepared broccoli! I corrected that quickly.

Anyway, I grabbed some broccoli the other day and made this simple roasted broccoli for lunch — paired with slices of heirloom tomato. Perfection. This recipe is a perfect jumping-off place for lots of meals; add some chopped tomatoes and toss with pasta or serve atop rice or quinoa for a heartier meal. Add some grilled chicken or sliced steak for more protein. You’ll love it!

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Roasted Garlic Broccoli

You’ll Need:

  • 2 lbs organic broccoli, trimmed and chopped. Peel the tough stems and slice. Don’t throw it away — It’s delicious! (I actually prefer the stems to the florets!)
  • 2 cloves organic garlic, minced
  • 1 organic carrot, peeled and julienne cut
  • 2 TBSP pine nuts
  • 1 & 1/2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  • Prepare the broccoli, garlic, and carrot
  • Place on a large baking sheet, sprinkle with the pine nuts
  • Pour the olive over the vegetables, and toss with your hands to coat
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Bake for about 12 minutes, stirring once.
  • Remember the rule — do not overcook!
  • Remove and serve!

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Enjoy this versatile and healthy vegetable!

Love,

Lassen’s

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