I feel like broccoli gets short shrift these days. Kale is the cruciferous superstar, and humble broccoli is getting kicked to the curb. Sure, kale is a tasty superfood. But broccoli is no lightweight in the nutrition department. Check out the health benefits of this spring veggie and some yummy recipes to make its florets shine.
Peak broccoli season is October through April, but in cooler areas you can find locally-grown broccoli a little bit later in the spring.
Health Benefits of Broccoli
Broccoli is a great plant-based source of iron, calcium, and protein. Wait…protein? YES! One cup of cooked broccoli actually contains just over seven grams of protein. Not too shabby, right?
Like many veggies, broccoli is packed with cholesterol-reducing fiber, but new research is showing that you can enhance broccoli’s benefits by eating it steamed. Of course, you still get a healthy dose of fiber from roasted or sauteed broccoli, so don’t think you’re stuck with a side of plain steamed florets!
Broccoli is also packed with vitamins A and K. These vitamins are beneficial on their own, but they’re also important for helping us absorb vitamin D. Since many adults are vitamin D deficient, we need to absorb as much as we can get!
When prepared properly, broccoli is also plain delicious. Check out these recipes to help you get more broccoli into your (and your kids’) diet!
7 Delicious Broccoli Recipes
1. Creamy Spinach & Broccoli Soup – A healthy alternative to most overly-creamy soups. This soup maintains its hearty veggie base with just a touch of low-calorie smoothness. Skip the cheese or substitute nutritional yeast to make it vegan.
2. Easy Broccoli Risotto – Serve this up as a side dish or as your main course.
3. Creamed Broccoli – This two-ingredient recipe is is a great puree for babies or delicious served warm as a side dish for bigger kids and grown ups.
4. Simple Blackened Broccoli Wraps – These are a great, quick lunch. You can use her hummus recipe or pick up pre-made hummus, if you’re in a hurry.
5. Garlic Fried Rice with Broccoli – Load up some leftover cooked rice with broccoli, garlic, and some other choice veggies for a delicious one-dish meal.
6. Broccoli and Mushroom Pasta Sauce – Skip the red sauce and top your next pasta dish with this hearty, healthy sauce instead.
7. Lemony Broccoli and Quinoa Salad – This light recipe is a wonderful make-ahead lunch.
Do you have a favorite way to cook up broccoli? Share it in the comments!