In The Veggie-light: Broccoli

Courtesy of Brock Davis

I’ve decided that I enjoyed getting into the whole “what veggies grow when” article enough that I’d like to start highlighting different vegetables every week.  It took me a long time, but here I am: finally enjoying broccoli almost every way it’s served. Although it’s easy to get broccoli all year round, it actually tastes best in the fall/winter (it’s more sweet, less bitter).  Broccoli does a lot of great things for you, so here are some recipes to test drive if maybe the ol’ raw broccoli thing isn’t doing it for you.

The Appetizer: Broccoli Bites

Courtesy of Stacey Snacks

This recipe from Stacey Snacks was listed as a way to get kids to eat broccoli, but I’m sure that I would also eat all of them. And by that I mean, adults will probably enjoy them, too! They only take a few minutes to throw together, then another 25 minutes to cook.  These would make a great appetizer for a dinner party.

The Soup: Broccoli and Avocado

Courtesy of Jackie

I tried to find a soup that wasn’t the usual Broccoli Cheese Soup, and here we are!  Broccoli and avocado soup from Domestic Fits; nary a piece of cheese in sight.  It’s pretty straight forward, but it calls for an immersion blender and a stock pot/dutch oven.  I imagine someone could get creative and use other kitchen tools, though.  :)

The Side Dish: Sriracha Honey Roasted Broccoli

Courtesy of Mary Younkin

Oh man oh man oh man.  This dish sounds delicious. Head over to Bare Feet In The Kitchen to find this little treasure.  You could very easily turn this into a main dish by adding chicken.  This is a way of preparing broccoli that I hadn’t heard of before today, and I’m really glad I stumbled into it.

Main Dish: Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Courtesy of Krissy

The name is a mouthful!  I’m sure the meal will be, also.  Har har har.  If you know anything about me by now, you know that it’s really difficult for me to avoid recipes that use cheese somewhere in them.  I’ve used a considerable amount of restraint up until this point; but I can hold back no longer.  Behold: cheesy broccoli chicken quinoa from Dainty Chef. If you’ve never used quinoa before, I will tell you that it can be quite tasty.  What better place to start using it than with this recipe?

Main Dish: Broccoli And Cashew Burger

Courtesy of Interprétations Culinaires

“What’s that?”  You ask. “A green burger made with no meat? Sign me up!”  Well, maybe you didn’t say the last part.  But maybe you should! This could be a really interesting experience! The website, Interprétations Culinaires, is French, but they were so kind as to drop the English recipe at the bottom of the page.  The translation isn’t perfect (“1 tbsp breadcrumps”) but it’ll do.  So this burger is made of broccoli, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and a few other things all pressed together to form the patty.  There’s no cheese in here either, but you could probably top this like a normal beef-burger and it’d work just fine.

There you have it!  Five ways to enjoy broccoli, and maybe (hopefully!) all five are new to you.  Enjoy!