Broccoli is rich in fiber, vitamin C, and tons of phytonutrients, and it’s available just about year round. While you may be used to the standard “steamed and smothered in cheese sauce” method of cooking and serving broccoli, there are countless recipes out there that are more exciting – and better for you. Read on to learn five new ways that you could be eating your broccoli…
1. Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli
Let’s keep it simple at first with a broccoli and cheese variation. In this parmesan-roasted broccoli recipe, broccoli is first roasted with garlic and olive oil.
Then, add lemon juice and zest for a tart little zing, pine nuts for a classy crunch, and, of course, your favorite variety of grated parmesan or similar cheese (parmagiano reggiano and pecorino romano are excellent choices for the cheese connoisseurs out there). Salt, pepper, and fresh basil round out this grown up twist on broccoli and cheese.
2. Broccoli & Goat Cheese Souffle
Still not ready to leave broccoli and cheese behind? That’s okay. We’re not either. Check out this broccoli and goat cheese souffle recipe for those special occasions where you really need to impress.
Souffles can be high in fat, but this particular recipe features low-fat milk and egg whites to tone down the indulgence. Is this an everyday healthy meal? Probably not, to be perfectly honest; but as far as fancy brunch goes, it’s certainly not a bad choice.
3. Green Pizza
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Whether you’re an adult or a kid, eating veggies always seems to be easier when they’re on pizza. This recipe for “green pizza” takes your favorite whole-wheat pizza dough and tops it with olive oil, pesto, arugula, and, of course, broccoli. Add a handful of shredded part-skim mozzarella, or leave the cheese off for a lighter version.