Saturday, February 13, 2010

Broccoli Love

Nothing says “I love you” like broccoli. Candies are nice. Stuffed animals are cuddly. But true love comes in the form of a fresh, green head of broccoli. For starters, it makes a lovely bouquet.

And it’s very good for you. Chock-full of vitamin C, vitamin A, folic acid, calcium, potassium, anti-oxidants and fiber, broccoli has been credited with detoxifying, curing stomach problems, improving skin, reducing cholesterol, improving bone health, preventing cancer, and more.

And if that’s not enough, broccoli is incredibly tasty as well.

So this Valentine's Day, instead of burdening your sweetie with landfill junk or processed sugar, give them some broccoli. Straight from the heart.
Here is one of my favorite ways to prepare broccoli. It's great with steak and scalloped potatoes. The recipe comes from my friend Tom. He’s one of those guys who always has really good ideas. He’s overflowing with them. So all you need to do is hang with him and you’re bound to pick up a few yourself. Thanks, Tom!

Tom’s Broccoli
Broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets, stalk sliced thin
Olive oil
Red pepper flakes
Lemon juice
Parmesan cheese
  • Toss the broccoli with olive oil, salt, whole garlic cloves, and red pepper flakes.
  • Roast in a single layer at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. The edges should be crispy and brown.
  • Remove from the oven and toss with lemon juice and parmesan.


Andrew said...

We made this last night. It was like a flavor explosion in my mouth!

pleasantcompany said...

So glad you liked it, Andrew. I'll tell Tom it was a success!