Think you can’t make broccoli edible? Think again.

Image not available.

It’s 23 days into “eat healthier, eat smarter” 2007 and things are looking promising! The treadmill that Santa brought me hasn’t turned into a clothing rack yet and that green stuff in the fridge? Well it’s supposed to be green: broccoli, peas, romaine, asparagus, basil, and parsley. I stocked up on green during my last trip to the grocery store.

Honestly, I can’t think of many things to do with broccoli to up its appeal. Steamed/blanched broccoli just doesn’t do it for me unless the florets are swimming in a pool of butter. While I agree that most everything is okay for you in moderation, “swimming in a pool of butter” sadly is not moderation. Some people drown the suckers in ranch dressing, but I’m really not a fan of ranch. Yep, you heard me – someone from Texas that doesn’t care for ranch dressing. I can do fresh broccoli in small doses, but small enough that it probably doesn’t do me much good.

Last week, Pinch My Salt featured a very tasty recipe for oven-roasted broccoli. As soon as I saw it, I literally ran downstairs to make it for lunch. Now, that wasn’t the first time I’ve run into the kitchen inspired by a tasty recipe or picture (those other recipes typically involve chocolate, heavy cream, and/or fritos), but it might have been the first time I’ve ever gotten excited over broccoli. Okay, I can say with a fair degree of certainty that it was the first time I’ve ever gotten excited over broccoli.

After having it as a side to last night’s Aglio e Olio (and for lunch last week), the broccoli served as inspiration – I whipped up a batch of asparagus for lunch, substituting the broccoli in Nicole’s recipe for half a bunch of asparagus. I hang my head in shame as I can offer you no picture of the asparagus – it was gone in a blink. I did, however, manage to control myself long enough last night to let my husband take a picture of the broccoli.

The bottom line – everything green tastes better oven-roasted. With garlic :)

0 comments… add one

Leave a Comment