Tiny Trees!

Posted on March 7, 2015. Filed under: Side Dishes | Tags: , |

I was one of those weird kids, broccoli was (still is) my all time favorite veggie. Maybe because I was covering it in cheese (did the same thing with peas) or maybe it was because they look like tiny trees and I felt like I was a dinosaur while eating them. Either way, I love that weird looking veggie. It was almost life changing when I had it raw, but it was ever MORE life changing when I discovered how to roast it in the oven. Instead of it getting limp, it keeps it’s shape and even gets a tiny crisp on it.

This recipe is for  a side dish, but if you cook an entire head, you could use it as a light lunch side along with a smoothie. It is also another one that you can play with the seasoning on; I went spicy with red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper, but you don’t have to.

Here’s what to get from the store:

Fresh broccoli
Lemon juice

Spicy oven roasted Broccoli

1 full head broccoli
3 cloves garlic
1- 2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt and black pepper

  1. Separate the florets of broccoli. Put in a bowl with the olive oil to coat and add the seasonings. Make sure to mix well. Put on a cookie sheet covered in foil (not necessary, but helps with cleanup).
  2. Cook in an oven pre heated to 250 for about 15-20 minutes or until the broccoli is bright green with a slight crisp at the top. Flip over the florets half way through.

One of the complaints I hear a lot is that veggies are boring. Yeah, they can be, but they don’t have to be. This takes the broccoli from a boring sound veggie  to something interesting without covering it in cheese. It has a good kick to it and I’m pretty sure you can get anyone to at least try it.

There’s nothing wrong with being out of the ordinary, as long as you’re far out enough.


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