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Broccoli Bliss 
Jun. 15, 2011 2:16 pm 
Updated: Aug. 30, 2011 9:41 am


I've always liked green vegetables.  As a

child broccoli was my very favorite

vegetable followed closely by

asparagus.  I've found some interesting

ways to prepare broccoli since I found

Allrecipes. Only one of my four children

likes broccoli and only if it's raw.  The littler

ones are only three so I'm hoping they will

develop a taste for it.  I keep on serving it to

them and have no plans to stop. 


My current favorite broccoli dish by far is

very simple but so delicious, Broccoli in

Roast Chicken Drippings.  I love this recipe

not only for it's flavor but for it's ease and

convenience.  I roast it while my roast

chicken is resting and have a side dish in a

flash.  I've even taken to freezing small bags

of chicken drippings just to make broccoli

this way when I'm craving it.  I also love a

good broccoli salad, this Broccoli Apple

Salad was a refreshing change from the

usual bacon and cheese broccoli salads that

I usually make.  I subbed dried cranberries

for raisins and thoroughly enjoyed it.  This

Chinese-Style Broccoli Salad is very tasty

and is even better the next day.  And if you

like the idea of Asian inspired broccoli you

must try Broccoli with Garlic Butter and

Cashews.  The only change I make with this

recipe is to reduce the butter by half and

toast my cashews.

What's your favorite way to prepare


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Jun. 15, 2011 2:25 pm
I love Alyson's Broccoli Salad, here on AR, because it has no cheese. My go to recipe is to steam broccoli till crisp-tender and bright green, then lightly toss with a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of butter. My whole family enjoys this, so I serve it once or twice a week.
Jun. 15, 2011 4:31 pm
I too love broccoli and asparagus. I love to findmore recipes using them. Thanks for sharing your recipes!
Jun. 15, 2011 5:09 pm
I believe broccoli is at the top of the list of power foods for women. Fortunately, all the women of this family love it. As for me, I'll eat it raw or lightly blanched with salsa con queso.
Jun. 15, 2011 5:37 pm
Great blog! Good to see another broccoli lover.
Jun. 15, 2011 5:45 pm
I love broccoli any way I can get it except for overcooked! My DD does would be her choice to have it every night! She has always gone for seconds of broccoli since she was really little...I just steam it and lightly season, toss with a bit of butter or olive oil, no sauces. The recipes you posted above all sound great!
Jun. 15, 2011 6:54 pm
Thanks Bibi! Broccoli is one of those things that is usually better simple :).
Jun. 15, 2011 6:55 pm
You're welcome luv2cook! I have ulterior motives here, I'm looking for new ideas ;).
Jun. 15, 2011 6:56 pm
That's a new one to me Mike Harvey. Broccoli and salsa, I'm going to have to try it out :). Thanks for dropping in.
Jun. 15, 2011 6:56 pm
Thanks Wyattdogster. I agree, overcooked broccoli is kinda gross, unless it's pureed into a soup :).
Jun. 15, 2011 6:57 pm
Thanks Sarah Jo!
Jun. 15, 2011 7:05 pm
It all sounds good!My broc is doing pretty good.I only have 3 plants but they keep making broc.Thanks for the recipes.
Jun. 15, 2011 7:54 pm
Wow, that broccoli in chicken drippings looks great, I happen to have a chicken to roast too. I LOVE broccoli :) My son loves it too, my daughter...well, she's a hater of the greens (as well as the oranges, reds, purples and
Jun. 15, 2011 9:16 pm
Thanks Georgi! I'm envious my broccolis are no where near to ready to eat yet but I'm dreaming of them.
Jun. 15, 2011 9:17 pm
Thanks Crunchy. LOL a color hater eh? Into grains and meats not so much veggies. All of mine love their fruit and they all like at least one veggie, it's meat that's an issue here.
Jun. 15, 2011 9:20 pm
love my broccoli, raw with dip, lightly heated in stir fry, broiled with onions, cauliflower and cheese, broiled with sesame seeds and a bit of olive oil. Great in soups, salads, you name it. I like to peel the stalk part and dip it into cheeze whiz, crunchy like celery but with more flavour. Eat your trees they are good for you:)
Jun. 16, 2011 6:35 am
lol RnG, just the other day I was trying to convince my children that they broccoli on the veggie tray were little trees :). I wonder if they'd eat it dipped in cheese whiz? I'll have to try that one, thanks!
Jun. 16, 2011 6:46 am
I also love broccoli as long as it is not over cooked. My DH is learning to like it, he really liked the one with the garlic butter and cashews and also the dressed up broccoli from here on AR.
Jun. 16, 2011 7:00 am
Check out my only submitted recipe - Broccoli Medallions. I am a huge broc fan here also!!!!
Jun. 16, 2011 7:05 am
I love broccoli too! I'll eat it almost any way, but I have two favourites: 1) my grandmother's pasta con broccoli, which I haven't had in AGES because I only go to her house on Sundays now and she only makes red sauce pastas on Sundays. It's so simple, but I can't figure out how she does it! It's just plain old pasta, broccoli (possibly steamed in the pasta water?), small chunks of potato and I guess olive oil, since it's wet but doesn't really have a sauce. and 2) I love the broccoli in take-out Chinese food, either Chicken with Steam Vegetables or just the Chicken with Broccoli. It doesn't seem like there's anything special done to it, but it's so good!
Jun. 16, 2011 7:12 am
Broccoli lovers unite! LOL... Never had broccoli prepared in any way id did NOT like! Raw, on pizza, stir-fry, casseroles and best of all- just plain steamed with a little sea salt. Every one of my kids likes it as well but their fave way is roasted. Definitely a close second for me. Thanks for the recipe suggestions - everything looks delicious as usual! :)
Jun. 16, 2011 7:56 am
I have always loved broccoli...and brussels sprouts, and spinach, and lima beans. I was a dream child when it came to eating my green veggies! I've only recently discovered the wonders of asparagus, but it is now a staple for me. Like "Whats for dinner, Mom", I have yet to find a broccoli preparation I don't like:) One of my newest ways to fix it is roasted with a little lemon juice and a sprinkling of fresh grated parmesan cheese. Simple and so yummy!
Jun. 16, 2011 8:00 am
I love broccoli - raw, lightly steamed, roasted, in salads.... I know my husband is a lost cause, but I kept trying to get my daughter to try it to no avail. Then one day at a baby shower, she picked a piece up from the veggie tray and LOVED it! No dip or dressing, and she won't eat it cooked! I've finally gotten into using the broccoli stems for broccoli slaw. Really yummy!
Jun. 16, 2011 10:33 am
love my broccoli! 'little trees' is what I call them too, I love them steamed, sauteed, roasted, in a cream soup...and raw too with a nice dip :) Great blog Sarah - should have called it "Ode to Broccoli" :D
Jun. 16, 2011 5:47 pm
Thanks Tanya! That dressed up broccoli is on my to try list, I just saved that recipe a couple weeks ago :).
Jun. 16, 2011 5:48 pm
There's something about grandmothers and their cooking Alex, it's inexplicable :).
Jun. 16, 2011 5:49 pm
Thanks Maggi, I'll snoop your profile for it!
Jun. 16, 2011 5:50 pm
Thanks WFDM? I forgot about broccoli on pizza! I love it and haven't done it in ages :).
Jun. 16, 2011 5:51 pm
yum Mangel, that sounds great! I'm a green eater too, always have been, now if I could just convince my children.
Jun. 16, 2011 5:52 pm
Thanks Gitano! lol who would've thought that I'd be writing odes to vegetables ;).
Jun. 16, 2011 5:54 pm
Thanks Christine M! I usually use my stems in soups or stirfrys but it also is good in that asian salad I posted and slaw sounds like a great idea too!
Jun. 17, 2011 7:05 am
I, too, love broccoli. Roasted in a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt is my favorite way, and one of my all time faves is to roast chunks of sweet potatoes along with broccoli and onions then dress the veggies with a sesame-soy-ginger dressing. I could eat that dish every day and never tire of it!
Jun. 17, 2011 9:34 am
I steam or par-boil the broccoli, them after draining, I add a little olive oil & garlic, salt & pepper. Delicious!!
Jun. 18, 2011 6:31 am
Thanks Wisweetp! That sounds like a great side for asian pork or chicken! I'll have to give that a try as I like all of those things and my husband loves sesame ginger dressing :).
Jun. 18, 2011 6:36 am
Thanks for stopping in mimi.
Jun. 18, 2011 12:55 pm
Broccoli is right up there next to chocolate on my list of favorites. It always annoyed me that I couldn't get it to grow well. I have yet to find a way to prepare it that I don't like (including the stems.)
Jun. 19, 2011 5:53 am
I had good luck with it last year BigShotsMom, it likes cool weather and can even take a frost. It did very well until about early August and then it died out one me. Don't give up!
Jun. 20, 2011 7:04 am
Good old fashioned steamed with butter. :]
Jun. 21, 2011 6:03 am
Nice topic Sarah! My whole family love broccoli, cauliflower & asparagus. cauliflower. We eat them in all versions. One of my kids love it fried; eggs, flour, grated tomato, little chopped green coriander, salt, pepper & cumin seeds. dip ur green in mixture then deep fry until crisp-tender! I personally love it easer steamed or soup! Keep it going!
Jun. 21, 2011 6:49 pm
Jun. 26, 2011 2:25 pm
Sounds good to me Midnight :D
Jun. 26, 2011 2:26 pm
Thanks ERFAYED, The battered fried sounds great :)
Jun. 26, 2011 2:27 pm
Thanks lechef, thats a good strategy to get it into my kids :)
Jul. 4, 2011 7:23 am
Love your ideas for broccoli, which is also one of my favorites. Have you tried cutting head into bite size pieces, placing in roasting pan, sprinkling w/ about 2 Tbsp olive oil & kosher salt to taste. Add minced garlic, if desired. Stir around a bit. Pour in 1/4 cup water & roast at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, stirring around once during cooking. Hope you like it.
Jul. 4, 2011 5:59 pm
Thanks for the suggestions Sarah-May. I will have to try them. My current favourite is to simply toss broccoli or asparagus with olive oil and sea salt and bbq in a stir-fry basket. The browning on them tastes awesome! Cauliflower this way is also a treat.
Jul. 7, 2011 4:46 pm
Steamed Broccoi with lemon butter, can't get any better
Aug. 30, 2011 9:40 am
Thanks Spicykat! That's something I like to do when the oven is already on and we love it!
Aug. 30, 2011 9:41 am
Thanks Jennifer A. I've been doing that very thing with Zucchini and asparagus all summer long, I'll have to try broccoli!
Aug. 30, 2011 9:41 am
Thanks Sandra T, I'm not sure if I could convince my husband on the lemon, he's more partial to garlic but I know I'd love it.
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