For many of us, the broccoli we ate growing up was often smothered in cheese or heavy sauce. Now it’s time to give this yummy superfood green vegetable the grown-up taste it deserves. Try one (or more) of these 12 ways to prepare broccoli this week.
Broccoli is a powerhouse when it comes to delivering the nutrients that nourish your body. Loaded with anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, it may lower the risk of some types of cancers, including breast, colon, and bladder. It may also reduce the risk of prostate cancer, making healthy broccoli recipes a wise choice for the men in your life too. What’s more, research suggests it doesn’t take buckets of broccoli to benefit from its potential anti-cancer properties, perhaps as little as a ½ cup-serving per day.
Broccoli’s superfood awesomeness doesn’t stop with its ability to help prevent disease. It also contains substances that help detoxify the body, potentially as far as the genetic level. Regular consumption of broccoli may help break down the build-up of substances that threaten cell health. This superfood is rich in vitamins D and K, too, as well as fiber. So don’t wait! Try these ways to prepare broccoli.
1. Slow Cooker Broccoli, Brown Rice, and Cheddar Casserole
Not only does this offer superfood broccoli, it also incorporates walnuts instead of breadcrumbs for a healthy twist on traditional casserole recipes.
2. Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Toss
When you want ways to prepare broccoli that will please nearly everyone’s appetite, prepare this easy-peasy, nutritious pasta recipe.
Don’t let the recipe name fool you; this comfort food classic is health-ed up so your waistline will be as happy as your taste buds.
4. Asian Style Beef & Broccoli
Ditch unhealthy takeout loaded with preservatives and who-knows-what-else. This homemade Asian-inspired meal will satisfy your craving for takeout and treat your body to a host of superfood goodness.
5. Broccoli Tarts
Serve this broccoli dish as an appetizer, or prepare it as a full-sized tart for a main course. Either way it’s delish.
6. Herbed Salmon with Broccoli Bulgur Pilaf
This broccoli recipe is simple enough for weeknights, but pretty enough for date nights.
7. Broccoli Basil Cream Soup
This vegan soup recipe combines several body-detoxifying ingredients, including broccoli.
8. Broccoli & Cheese-Stuffed Chicken
Just the right amount of cheese offers the taste you want without the guilt—plus, the recipe is loaded with superfood broccoli and lean chicken.
9. Risotto with Broccoli Rabe, Ricotta, & Toasted Zucchini
This healthy recipe offers a yummy slightly nutty taste that nicely blends with creamy risotto.
10. Roasted Broccoli with Red Peppers
Caramelized veggies make this side dish a tasty, healthier alternative to bagged seasoned vegetables.
11. Slow Cooker Broccoli and Asparagus Soup with Garlic Cheddar Croutons
You won’t feel a shred of guilt about indulging in this slow cooker superfood soup.
12. Creamy Brown Rice, Apple, and Broccoli Salad
When you want ways to prepare broccoli that are light and filling, this dish fits the bill. Prepare this salad for your next workday lunch.
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