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Shake Up Your Broccoli Routine

By Alana Sugar, January 7, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar

Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is the most popular — and with good reason! It’s a powerhouse of good nutrition and it’s versatile, easy to prepare and totally delicious. The benefits include:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Calcium
  • Fiber and antioxidants
  • Looks like a little tree (important if you’re a kid)
  • Makes going “green” a reality

But, let’s be blunt about broccoli: most folks just eat it on the side. You know, plain steamed broccoli or maybe broccoli with a little lemon or salt. Well that’s fine, but now is the perfect time to expand on the basic broccoli side dish and move into uncharted territory. In other words, shake up your broccoli routine!

Chop and add florets to soups, stews, stir-fries and casseroles.

Try broccoli as a side dish topped with cheese, nuts or seeds, or drizzled with browned butter. It’s also great added to hot cooked rice or mashed potatoes for a “green” effect.

Broccoli makes salads shine. Try it in grain and pasta salads, or lightly cooked and added to leafy greens tossed with favorite dressing.

Add broccoli to quiche, or stir into hot couscous or pasta.

And try these ideas:

  • Toss florets with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in a hot oven.
  • Make pesto with roasted broccoli, basil, garlic, Parmesan and olive oil.
  • Next time you sauté mushrooms, throw in some chopped broccoli.
  • You may not believe this, but sautéed broccoli is really good on pizza!
  • Chop and add to your favorite pasta sauce.

And for more good stuff, check out Broccoli in Ten Ways.

Got a great broccoli recipe? Let me know.





Teresa says ...
Thanks for all the different ideas and ways to eat Broccoli ! They all sound great and I certaily will be trying them:) We usually eat Broccoli steamed with cheese or plain or just as a snack. #HealthYeah
01/08/2013 7:49:20 PM CST
Ron Rotter says ...
Can I order on line and come and get your food
01/08/2013 10:37:11 PM CST
Benny Starr says ...
Broccoli really awesome beside from the nutrients you can get from it you can also enjoys eating it. I usually eat Broccoli salad, but i will certainly try the others and let see what's next.
01/10/2013 5:20:52 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@RON - Some of our stores offer pre-ordering but we do not have an online process set up yet. Check with your local store to see if they offer ordering through email.
01/11/2013 11:23:30 AM CST
Jinnie says ...
Instead of using lettuce in salads, I use spinach as the base and from there I always add broccoli flowerets, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and any other veggies in the fridge. Sprinkle with favorite dressing. I also make my own pizza and add broccoli along with other veggies, left over meat, and several different cheeses.
01/17/2013 9:52:58 AM CST
Mary Edwards says ...
Thank you for the recipes.
01/17/2013 3:24:18 PM CST
DEE says ...
Unfortunately I just found out that Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are bad for you if you have a hypothroid - a high TSH. This is not publicized and my son was eating broccoli every day and his TSH went way up. Cruciferous vegetables do something on taking the iodine out of the body. So no more broccoli or cruciferous vegetables for him. I on the other hand can still eat them.
01/17/2013 10:32:50 PM CST
Pamela says ...
I had a really tasty dish in your store the other day: sweet potato, apple, gruyere gratin. Any chance I could have the recipe? If I lived closer, I would buy it every day! :-)
01/18/2013 2:46:02 PM CST
Mark says ...
Any vegan suggestions? like a cheese substitute?
01/19/2013 10:36:59 AM CST
Kathy Kolstad says ...
I know this is so basic, but we love it. Sautee' in basil olive oil (my fave is Oliviers & Co.-from France)onions,red & yellow peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, and add whatever else you choose. Don't over cook. And at the end put in some slivered almonds or pecans. And if you want put a bit of shaved parmesan. LOVE it with salmon! I always keep things simple. :-)
01/20/2013 12:00:06 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARK - I would encourage you to reach out to your local store to see what vegan cheese options they have in stock. Typically our stores will carry a rice or almond based cheese but the vendor can vary.
01/25/2013 2:11:37 PM CST
Brad Otts says ...
This past Thursday, jan 24, I was in the store. Y'all had this amazing "detox" salad at the food bar Broccoli Cauliflower Carrots Ginger Lemon juice Olive oil Cayenne I believe that was it.would y'all mind passing along the recipe, ingredients & measurements ? I don't live in Austin and I was to Malik's it at home..... It was sort minced or something like that. Thanks
01/26/2013 10:15:54 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BRAD - Sounds like a great salad! I was unable to find this recipe on our website so this means that more than likely it was created by a regional or store chef. I would suggest reaching out to the store where you had the salad to find a recipe. If they have one, they will be happy to share it with you!
01/29/2013 1:45:54 PM CST
Marisa Procopio says ...
Broccoli sauteed in olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes until soft + anchovy paste + plenty of Parmesan cheese + minced fresh garlic+ pasta. Heaven anytime but especially on a cold winter night! mcproco.wordpress.com
01/31/2013 8:06:51 PM CST
Riaz says ...
Nice broccoli recipes
02/19/2013 9:32:23 AM CST
Toni says ...
@Brad, if you find the recipe for that salad you mentioned, please post it. I really would like to try it. It sounds great.
02/28/2013 8:17:56 PM CST