Vegetables are healthy, beautiful and delicious, but we can do a lot of things when cooking them that can change all that.
There are common mistakes that can happen, and I should know because I think I have made every one of them. Somehow those bright, colorful, crunchy veggies end up dull, gray and mushy. Yuck! Luckily, I have learned from my mistakes and I am going to share some veggie-cooking tips with you.
For example Broccoli
Broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, a good source of folate (folic acid) and also provides potassium, fiber.
To keep your broccoli fresh and crisp, store it in your vegetable crisper, unwashed in a perforated bag, and try to use within a few days
The Right Way to Consume Broccoli
Don’t throw away the stems
The stem is a much better source of fiber than the florets and has a delicious sweet flavor. To include it in your meal, peel off the outer layer and slice it into small cubes. It’ll need to be cooked a bit longer than the florets, so add it to the pot a few minutes earlie
It’s not just about what you eat. It’s also about how you prepare it. This is especially true for broccoli. By using the right method of preparation, you can make a big difference to your health and I’ve already mentioned it in my post about the best cooking methods to keep the vitamins in the food.
If you want to enjoy the full spectrum of this veggie’s benefits, you should steam it. Steaming broccoli is by far the best method of preparing it. It’s the only method that preserves, as well as increases its cancer-fighting potential.
A quick word on which broccoli to buy
When selecting your broccoli, go for the plant with dark green, purplish-green or bluish-green florets. They contain more beta-carotene compared to their pale green or yellowish-green counterparts.
What’s your favorite way to eat broccoli?
Raw– Our favorite way to eat broccoli is in a spicy raw salad. Lots of olive oil, chili pepper, and some garlic. Delicious! Also try this Broccoli Slaw.
Steamed – Probably the easiest way to eat a head of broccoli. You can steam broccoli stalks in the microwave quickly and easily. Serve with a little salt, vinegar, and olive oil.
Roasted – Crispier and darker in flavor than the ubiquitous steamed broccoli, roasting is just as easy. Here’s how to roast broccoli. Great with a little Parmesan cheese!
With pasta – There’s something about the texture and taste of broccoli that we really love paired with pasta. We like it as a vegetable tossed into sausage pasta, and as an addition to a healthy feta and broccoli pasta salad.
As a pasta sauce – But broccoli isn’t just an addition to pasta; it can also be the sauce! A little oil and cheese transforms steamed broccoli into creamy, delicate green pasta sauce. It’s really delicious and a great way to eat your veggies.