Brighten Up Broccoli

Broccoli – the infamous relative of cabbage – hated by children and adults alike.  The vegetable famous for looking like a little tree doesn’t have to be yucky or boring to eat.  Yes, it is easy to boil, steam or saute this veg to prepare, but you can use your imagination to make it delectable.

Suggestions for wonderful broccoli side dishes:

  • Saute 1 lb. chopped broccoli florets with sliced garlic and 1/2 tsp. of crushed red pepper in olive oil.  Add sliced or slivered almonds just before removing from the heat for an extra earthy crunch.
  • The old standby – cheese sauce.  What kid can refuse a yummy cheddar cheese sauce on the little “trees”
  • Serve raw with french onion dip or ranch dip.
  • Stuff chopped florets into a chicken breast with some cheddar or swiss cheese for an all-in-one veggie and protein meal.
  • Mix 1 lb each broccoli, cauliflower and carrots with 2 cans cream of mushroom soup, 2 cups milk and top with 1 lb shredded swiss cheese and a large can of french fried onions.  Season to taste.  Bake at 350 degrees F for an hour or until veg is tender.  Add onions in last 10 minutes of cooking.

Think of your own unique ideas for cooking and preparing this winter vegetable.

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