DIARY OF A CHEF AT HOME
a collection of holistic nutrition tips & tricks, plus many of Food on the Table's favourite recipes
I love most vegetables and I think it's safe to say that broccoli is one of my favorites. It's not unusual to find me chowing down on a bowl of broccoli braised in chicken stock, seasoned with butter, nutritional yeast, salt & pepper for lunch. It's hearty enough be be a star ingredient in a dish or a lovely accompaniment to a main...or perhaps in a soup, stirfry, casserole or even in baking. Such a versatile vegetable it is.
It's too bad that broccoli has such a bad rap..especially amongst children. Often thought of as a "gross vegetable" that you're forced to eat before you can leave the dinner table. It's the villain in the vegetable kingdom...or the enemy at the dinner table. Poor broccoli...don't they know how delicious you are??
Devious marketing, especially to children have a knack of making highly processed foods, loaded with chemicals, devoid of nutrition that essentially make you sick, to appear more appealing than whole, nutrient rich, life giving foods that make you feel good. These non-foods are marketed to our children (and adults) via cartoons, advertising, internet, magazines etc. They become engrained deep into our subconscious, eventually becoming beliefs and changing our relationship with food.
Why can't healthy foods be something we look forward to ..or enjoy eating, simply because they're delicious? Healthy foods are often looked at as foods that don't taste good but we force ourselves to eat them to be healthy. Well....that's simply not true. Healthy foods ARE delicious and can be prepared in a way where everyone can enjoy them. They're what the body needs and thrives on. It's a matter of shifting perspective and expanding the awareness of our taste buds! It's simple, the more healthy foods you incorporate into your diet, the more you crave them and begin to eliminate the processed non-foods that make you sick. They no longer taste "good" and start make you feel bad.
Maybe your first experience with broccoli was a boiled pile of green mush when you were 4. I get it...I'd hate it to! (luckily my mom knew how to cook it well so I've always loved broccoli). If this was the case for you or a similar scenario...I'm sorry, truly. But I promise you, the skeptics of this lovely stalked veggie..there are ways to turn even the biggest doubter into a believer. My 3yr old's favorite veggie is....you guessed it, BROCCOLI! And I don't do much to alter it...just a few seasonings and a handful of different cooking techniques makes all the difference.
Besides flavour, broccoli also packs a serious punch in the nutrition department. This cruciferous vegetable is a superfood and loaded with all sorts of good stuff and basically has a lot or little bit of all the nutrients we need. It's very high in fiber which promotes a healthy gut. It has sulfur containing nutrients (that's what gives it that smell) that have been shown to have protective benefits against cancer. It's high in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C to support immune function, vitamin K supporting bone health, and folate which is especially important for pregnant women to support normal tissue growth and cell function of the growing baby. There's more but it would take too long to list them all!
This is one of my favorite ways to eat broccoli, it's so delicious and can be prepared in under 15min!
Roasted Broccoli w/garlic & lemon
2-3Tbsp olive oil
1 head of broccoli including stalk
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp coconut or cane sugar (optional)
salt & pepper
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
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