Growing up, you were probably told: eat your broccoli! There was a good reason for this. Broccoli is one of the healthiest foods out there. This vegetable is jam packed with nutrients that benefit the body and may even prevent or reduce the likelihood of experiencing severe medical issues. It is heart healthy, full of fibre, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, and protein. What more could you need? There are so many unique ways to cook and serve broccoli. That means you’ll never get bored of eating it! Keep reading to find out about these easy broccoli recipes – and how they’ll benefit your health.
Broccoli and Cheddar Mushroom Caps
There’s something about broccoli and cheese that just goes together perfectly. This recipe blends them together perfectly to give you the tangy taste you crave along with the health benefits of broccoli and mushrooms. It is the best of both worlds. With just 22 calories in each mushroom cap (and tons of fibre found in broccoli), you won’t have to worry about over doing it.
Start by taking a package of white mushrooms and wiping them down with a damp cloth. Cut of the stems and chop, putting them to the side for the time being. Remember, you can adjust this recipe to suit the number of mushrooms you have. This one is for approximately 25. Take the mushroom caps and place them on a sheet of parchment paper the hollow side down. Brush over them with a small amount of olive oil. Place them into the oven at 400°F for 8 minutes.
In a pan, heat olive oil over medium-heat, cook ½ a diced onion, 1 ½ cups of chopped broccoli, ½ clove of minced garlic, the chopped mushroom stems from earlier, and a dash of salt and pepper. Stir continually until the all the ingredients are cooked and there is no liquid remaining in the pan. Remove from heat and stir in ½ cup of cheddar cheese and ¼ teaspoon of hot sauce. After everything has cooled, spoon a tablespoon of your broccoli mixture into each mushroom. Bake them at 375°F for about 12 minutes.
Steamed Broccoli and Cheese Sauce
If mushroom caps aren’t your thing, don’t worry. This next broccoli recipe is super easy – and still super delicious. Steamed broccoli really releases the flavour and the cheese sauce gives it a little extra oomph. With just 171 calories per serving, you can enjoy this tasty, high fibre treat totally guilt free.
To create this dish, start with the cheese sauce. You’ll need a medium-sized saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of flour and 2 tablespoons of butter for about one minute. Then, start adding in 1 cup of milk and stir for about 7 minutes, until the mixture starts to thicken. Next, you’ll need to remove it from heat and stir in 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Add in ¼ teaspoon of salt and pepper and continue mixing until the cheese is completely melted.
Then it’s time to take care of the broccoli. Cut a bunch of broccoli into florets and steam them until they are tender but still have a little crispness left. This should take about 6 minutes. Once the broccoli is done, drizzle the cheese sauce on it and serve.
When it comes to broccoli, the possibilities are endless. Whatever your taste buds may be it won’t be too hard to find a recipe that you love. So, get cooking and enjoy!