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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spicy Broccoli


When I was little I always hated broccoli. Actually, correction, I hated the idea of broccoli. It seems that at some point, all kids decide that broccoli is the most disgusting, repulsive, sickening vegetable on the planet. Luckily, I’ve matured (somewhat) since those days and now I wholeheartedly embrace broccoli in all it’s greeny goodness, and am proud to call it my favourite vegetable. I could seriously eat broccoli every day. Sometimes I’ll eat a steamed head of broccoli for dinner, I love it that much.

Now if you’re an adult and you still think broccoli is disgusting, repulsive and sickening, I challenge you to try this recipe. It’s a new take on the slightly boring steamed or boiled broccoli with a little butter. It reminds me a bit of my favourite Green Beans in Vinaigrette. This dish does not take long to make at all, and yields delicious, flavorful results. Garlic, hot chili pepper flakes and lots of cracked black pepper make this side dish delectable.

This side dish would go nicely with Spicy Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs or my Foolproof Sunday Roasted Chicken.

Spicy Broccoli (serves 2-4)
Recipe slightly adapted from: Martha Stewart

Ingredients

2 medium heads broccoli, chopped
2/3 cup water
3 tbsp olive oil
1 large clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp white balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp hot chili pepper flakes
freshly cracked black pepper

Directions

In a pot or pan bring 2/3 cup of water to a simmer. Place chopped broccoli in the pot/pan, cover and cook for 4 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic and hot chili pepper flakes.

Drain the excess water. And pour the oil mixture on top of the broccoli. Tossing to coat broccoli with flavouring.

Remove pot/pan from heat and add the vinegar.

Serve warm.

Enjoy your serving of vegetables today!

- Lou

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5 Comments:

At April 21, 2011 at 8:04 PM , Blogger jgy said...

I found your blog when searching for a carrot muffin recipe, which I will make! This looks good too.
Happy, healthy days to you.

 
At April 22, 2011 at 11:10 AM , Blogger Memória said...

I always loved broccoli even as a kid. I think if you present veggies to your kids at a very early age (before they can talk), they will grow to have less aversion to it. Anyway, this recipe looks very nice. I have some brocc in the fridge right now. I'll definitely try out this recipe. Thanks!

 
At April 22, 2011 at 11:11 AM , Blogger Memória said...

P.S. The link to the Sunday chicken isn't working for me.

 
At April 23, 2011 at 12:57 AM , Blogger Louberry said...

@Memoria - Hope you like the recipe and thanks for letting me know about the broken link. It's fixed now :)

 
At May 11, 2011 at 9:02 AM , Anonymous Nancy said...

I am a big fan of healthy dishes and if they are also spicy, I will remain a fan forever. :)

 

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