By Kelly Bogard
Are you on a mission to eat a little healthier this year? I know I am. And you’re probably thinking about eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, right? Me, too.
But what happens when the same old recipes become boring and uninteresting? It gets tougher to get the kiddos to eat the healthy stuff.
So bring your broccoli to life!
Broccoli is versatile. From raw to steamed, it’s always a flavor I like. But I do know several people who won’t eat it because they’ve only ever had it “mushy.” Transform their thinking with a little crunch like I did in this week’s recipe.
For Broccoli Almondine, you will need…
1 lg. crown broccoli, rinsed
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. sliced almonds
2 tbsp. butter
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
I love when vegetables taste as bright as their colors. Bursting with flavor with just the right seasonings to bring them out the best in them. In the case of broccoli, lemon works well to enhance those flavors. Then you have the almonds to give it a toasted flavor and little extra crunch along the way.
Start by toasting the almonds in a dry large saucepan over medium heat. Stir them frequently so they toast evenly. Once they’re all golden, remove them from the pan and allow them to cool.
Next, break down the broccoli crown by removing the large stem and cutting the individual florets from the stalk.
Place butter in the saucepan and melt over medium heat. Add the garlic to saute until golden.
Add in the broccoli florets and cook with the garlic and butter for two to three minutes.
Pour in one-half cup of water and cover. Allow the broccoli to simmer covered for about five minutes.
Toss the almonds back in with the broccoli to combine just before serving.
The bright flavors and crispy crunch are sure to bring a smile to your face. Start the year off right with fresh fruits and vegetables. They’re good for you and taste good, too. From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!