lemon garlic broccoli

February 22, 2013  |  Side Dishes

lemon garlic broccoli
Today is a special day for Healthy Seasonal Recipes. It is the two-year anniversary of when it moved to its home at this domain. Today is also the day we are re-launching with an updated look, and spankin’ new navigation. Getting it to where it is has been a lot of work, and I am thrilled with the results. So to celebrate the occasion, I thought it appropriate to share a special recipe with you.
Looking at the picture, your wondering okay, special occasion, why is Katie sharing a bowl of broccoli with us then? Well that’s because this broccoli recipe is special. It is one I make over and over. When I was a personal chef, I made it for clients, by request, every week. In the spring I prepare asparagus the same way, and in summer I’ll use green beans. Year round, it never fails to disappear off my family’s plates.


ingredients for lemon garlic broccoli
In fact, I credit this recipe with being the single reason my four-year-old claims broccoli is her favorite vegetable. You’re probably thinking, “Wow! It must be magic.“ And I have to say there is a bit of magic to it. The trick is that the sour lemon, and the salt balance the bitterness of the broccoli, which makes it more palatable for bitter-sensitive kids (and grown-ups.) Plus a bit of garlic and fat (in the form of healthy extra-virgin olive oil) never hurts the flavor of any vegetable. Okay so it is more science than magic, but a four-year-old doesn’t have to know that.

So enjoy this birthday present to you, and please let me know what you think of the new site. I hope it is easier for you to get around. Please leave me a comment letting me know how you like it, or if there are any glitches that need tending too. Happy cooking!

lemon garlic broccoli

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Makes: 4 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup

lemon garlic broccoli

Ingredients

  • 5 cups raw broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • rounded ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer attachment. Add broccoli, cover and steam until crisp tender, about 3 ½ minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil and garlic in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until the garlic is fragrant and just starting to brown. Scrape garlic mixture into a large bow. Immediately add lemon juice. Add lemon zest, salt and pepper.
  3. Stir broccoli into the lemon mixture and stir to coat.
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2 Comments


  1. Hey Katie – congratulations on your 2 anniversary! Clearly you have been working hard putting together all these great resources and the new site looks great. Also – will definitely be using this recipe to put a little zest in our broccoli!
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    • Thank you so much Alexis. I really don’t know what I would have done without you. I love the new site. I can’t help but smile just thinking about the fact that it is live and everyone can enjoy what we’ve been working on for weeks and weeks. I am over the moon!

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