Veggies & I have a love-hate relationship. You’d think with my Pops owning a produce store, it would be love at first sight? Not so much. I never want to eat my veggies. Do people really crave vegetables? Is that for real? I wouldn’t understand. Sorry, Dad. I don’t mean to disappoint! I know, I know. I have easy access to the most amazing vegetables and I totally don’t take advantage. *Sigh* I will say that the last couple years I have made more of an effort to make and eat more veg. Now that I’m – ahem – in my mid 30’s. Ugh. When did that happen by the way? I def need to take care of this old bod of mine and get my nutrients. Plaza Produce, I will be seeing you much more often.
Broccoli is just plain not appetizing to me. Who wants to eat mini trees? Not I. And, according to the poll I took today (one good friend who replied to my broccoli question) broccoli is, “the scum of the earth.” Wow. I guess someone despises it a little more than I do! Not to worry, Kells – roasting to the rescue! This has turned into the only way the hubs and I will eat our broccoli unless it’s doused in cheese or bacon. Have you ever tried roasting your veggies in the oven? I’m pretty sure something magical happens in there. YUMMMMMM….
I love roasting all veggies but I think broccoli just might be close to my #1 fav roasted veg. Something happens to those mini trees in the oven. They turn a little brown on the edges, have a crispy, crunchy, almost nutty YUM factor. So yummers that I am actually craving broccoli as I write this. Pops will be so proud! I kept it pretty simple this time by only adding salt and crushed red pepper flakes – mmmmm spicy! But, you can totally change this up! Need ideas? How ’bout: garlic & parmesan, salt & pepper with a squeeze of lemon (after it’s done in the oven), Chinese 5-spice & sesame seeds, salt & pepper with some sliced red onions, the options are endless! Just don’t stray from adding the olive oil. It’s what keeps the broccoli from sticking and creates the yummy crunch with the magic from the oven.
Added bonus: roasting is SO much easier than blanching (sticking it in boiling water) for a few minutes, then into ice water (to keep the bright green color and stop it from cooking). Too many steps. Too many dishes. No YUM factor. My vote is to ROAST! Plaza Produce, I’m headed your way and I will be cleaning out the veggie section. Thanks Dad!
- 1 lb broccoli, rinsed & evenly trimmed
- 2 Tbl olive oil
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Cut the broccoli into bite sized pieces.
- Place the broccoli into a mixing bowl and toss with the olive oil, kosher salt and crushed red pepper flakes (or mix directly on sheet pan).
- Pour broccoli mixture onto sheet pan in an even layer and place in oven for 10-12 minutes.