Broccoli Doesn't Have To Be Boring!

Broccoli is one of those vegetables that became trendy quite a number of years ago, it seemed to have replaced good old garden peas! They look like little trees on your plate and generally for some strange reason people just boil it and plonk in onto a plate along with chicken and potatoes. They tend to over boil it and don't steam off the excess moisture, so you are left with rather soggy pieces of mush! At best, once it accompanies your Sunday roast, it can get lost among the roast chicken/beef, Yorkshire puddings and copious amounts of gravy. It can actually taste ok, funny that! Or pour cheese sauce over it and anyone will eat it but we're talking about being healthy here.

We urge you all to spice up your broccoli. This vegetable is very nutritious and belongs to the 'leafy green' family and we all know the power of leafy greens. It's not that it tastes bad on it's own, it's just really boring and we can't blame our kids for not wanting to eat it.

One of our favourite ways to spice up broccoli is to cook it as normal (boil or steam for 3-4 minutes) and then set aside while you fry off some garlic, chilli and ginger in coconut oil, then tip the broccoli back into the pan with the garlic/chilli/ginger and mix it through for 1 minute. Not only does this taste good, it also makes it look more presentable.

This can obviously be done with any spice that you like or even fry off some onion as well. A splash of balsamic vinegar also works. You just need to be a bit more creative. Add a few toasted almonds or cashew nuts. Adding flavour to vegetables is crucial because otherwise we won't want to eat them. The healthiest way to do this is by adding your favourite herbs and spices, fresh or dried, a splash of balsamic or cider vinegar or even just a splash of fresh lemon. Think of the (healthy) dressing you would use over your salad, the same principle applies to vegetables.

And don't forget about broccoli stems, they are great stir fried in olive oil, sesame oil and tamari and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds to finish off.