Broccoli! It's so hard not to love it, especially when it's prepared with love and care...and lots of flavor! Here are a few tips on this lovely, nourishing vegetable. Perfect timing too, because for many of us, it's locally available right now! So, here we go...again with the tips:
1. Don't toss those stems away! Did you know that, deep down below that rough exterior, they are delicious and tender? To expose their sweet nature, simply cut off the bottom 1-inch portion, then peel the rest using a vegetable peeler or small, sharp knife. From there, you'll want to dice the peeled stem into small pieces so that it cooks evenly along with the less humble portion of the broccoli (the florets).
2. For a delicious, easy side dish, try baking your broccoli. How to explain the deliciousness of this method? I cannot. You simply must try it. To do so, preheat your oven to 400F. Then, wash and trim the broccoli and cut into bite-sized pieces (and yes, please involve the peeled stem portions). Next, toss the broccoli into a large bowl. Add some olive oil, seasoned salt, and minced garlic (or garlic granules). Toss well until evenly coated. Spread out in a single layer on a large cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. Stir and bake another 10 minutes or so--or until the broccoli has lovely bits of dark brown on it. This means it is very tender and at its best. Yum! Serve immediately.
3. If you're busy during the week, find a time on the weekend to prepare your broccoli. Wash it, then cut it up into bite-sized pieces and store it in an airtight container. That way, you'll be much more likely to use it since you'll see it waiting patiently and ever-prepared for whatever you have in store for it.