Who’s excited about broccoli?? ** CRICKETS** Learning to eat seasonally means rethinking the ways we eat certain foods– especially the ones we didn’t like as kids. Our fall/winter garden yields several broccoli crowns ready for harvesting in a week or two and I started my search for some awesome ways to take this side dish to center stage!
The Magic Broccoli
Our kids repel most things green… but broccoli is an exception. It all started with this recipe– Magic Broccoli. The key is to coat the broccoli and garlic in extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper for taste and make sure to flip it about half-way through. When it’s done, take it out of the oven, squeeze a little lemon and grated Parmesan cheese and voila– watch the magic of it disappearing!
I never in a million years thought that a cold, raw broccoli salad would be good. It all changed when we bought a bag salad (I know- a farmer’s cardinal sin) from Aldi- Broccoli! But it was actually really good and there are a few options for this one as well: you can add cranberries or dried cherries to sweeten it up, roasted pine nuts or almonds are great and for the meat lovers– throw some bacon on there! The key to this dish is the dressing- either do a tangy sour cream dressing or a sweeter poppy-seed style dressing; either one is awesome!
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
This is a fan favorite in the Fall/ Winter season. It’s hearty, healthy and with a loaf of homemade peasant bread, it doesn’t stay in the pot very long! The best recipe I found for this is from Wholesome Yum. There are only 5 ingredients and it takes about 20 minutes to make! The key to a perfect broccoli cheddar soup is to cook the florets al dente (a little firm) so it’s not mushy.
Broccoli & Ham Quiche
We typically go “crust-less” with our quiches (No Gluten- yea!) but you can go either way with this dish. The key is to pre-cook the broccoli before adding it to the quiche- I like to roast it in the over at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or so (not all the way cooked). Try adding in some fresh roasted garlic or caramelized onions for an incredible taste.
By far the most creative way to cook up some garden broccoli is the Fritter. There are a lot of different recipes out there for broccoli fritters- you can add carrots, zucchini, 3-cheese or no cheese. One of the best recipes I’ve seen is from Viance Nutrition. However you prepare them make sure to mix up a good dipping sauce to go with it. One of our favorites is a Chipotle Mayo. This is also a GF dish!