“I am better off with vegetables at the bottom of my garden than with all the fairies of the Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
~ Dorothy L. Sayers
A New Way to Enjoy Broccoli
For about 10 straight years, all I did with vegetables was steam them and serve them with butter, salt and pepper. All of my cooking energy went into the main dish, and I didn’t spend time on the sides. We ate large amounts of vegetables, but in a very boring way. Not surprisingly, I burnt out on all of my favorites, including broccoli. What’s amazing is that it took 10 years. To this day, I don’t like “plain” broccoli, so when I found this recipe that prepared it in a totally new way, I was excited. After a few adaptations, I ended up with a new favorite way to eat broccoli, that’s anything but boring.
1 cup of raw broccoli florets contains:
- 110% of your daily need for Vitamin C (needed for the growth & repair of every tissue in your body).
- 43% of your daily need for Vitamin A (works together with Vitamin D to regulate the immune system, especially important for those with autoimmune disorders).
- A flavonoid called kaempfero (which has an anti-inflammatory effect and lessens the impact of allergy-related substances in the body. I like the sound of that!)
- Folate (an important B vitamin which supports cardiovascular health and allows our nerves to function properly.)
- And is a detoxification superfood: “Three glucosinolate phytonutrients are found in a special combination in broccoli. This dynamic trio is able to support all steps in the body’s detox process, including activation, neutralization, and elimination of unwanted contaminants.” ~ World’s Healthiest Foods
- Don’t forget about the stalks. Peel them and slice them like water chestnuts. They taste delicious and provide even more vitamin C and folate than the florets, along with a fair amount of potassium and manganese.
adapted from the Sprouted Kitchen
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