How I Tricked My Family Into Loving Broccoli


Is broccoli one of the most dreaded foods in your household?

I know of some people who never eat this green veggie and I’ve never understood why. It tastes great and it is extremely versatile. Just browse through most cookbooks and see how often broccoli is an ingredient in a dish. It’s rich in nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, and Vitamin A. It even helps lower cholestorol.

I love eating broccoli raw, steamed, sauted, baked … you name it. Well, this is the recipe I used to trick my own family into loving broccoli as much as I do. The recipe comes from Ina Garten (aka The Barefoot Contessa) in her book, Back To Basics. (A great book, by the way!)

The recipe includes broccoli, olive oil, salt & pepper, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and lemon juice. So simple! Pop it in the oven and roast until done. I don’t necessarily follow the recipe to a “T”; I keep the basics (broccoli, olive oil and salt & pepper) and will occasionally include the other ingredients – lemon juice and parmesan make this dish taste incredible.

The trick for my family happened one night by accident. I have cooked this several times, following the directions. One night I forgot to set the timer and the broccoli burned a bit rather than caramelizing. We decided to eat it anyway and WOW! That was it. From that point on every time I cook this recipe I cook it a little longer in order to give the broccoli a nice singe. Crispy broccoli is now the favorite side dish in our family.

Tip: When buying your broccoli buy more than you think you need. It decreases in size as you cook it.

Disclaimer: I know that in singeing my broccoli I am cooking out some of the nutrients but it’s a great recipe to get people to like broccoli and hopefully convert them to the merits of this tasty veggie!

One thought on “How I Tricked My Family Into Loving Broccoli

  1. Great article and tasty recipe.
    Strangely enough my daughter loves broccoli. If only I could get her to eat meatloaf.🙂

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