While broccoli may have been the bane of our childhoods and famously disliked by a past U.S. president, it happens to be the most popular cruciferous vegetable in the United States. Related to cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels Sprouts, broccoli is a nutrient powerhouse packed full of dietary fiber, protein, antioxidants and vitamins, including more vitamin C than an orange. It can be found in grocery stores year-round, but is at its best during its peak season from October through April.
This nutty-flavored veggie can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, such as raw, roasted, blanched, steamed or stir-fried, and all parts of the plant are edible, including the stem. Even picky eaters can rejoice and enjoy their greens with an easy recipe for Baked Broccoli Tots that are perfect for dunking and dipping in an array of condiments, including favorites like spicy ketchup and garlic aioli. Read on for delicious broccoli recipes, plus our guide for buying, storing and preparing this seasonal produce.
HOW TO BUY
Look for heads with tight and compact florets that are deep green with no yellowing or flowering. Stalks should be bright green and firm with crisp leaves.
HOW TO STORE
Store unwashed broccoli heads in a perforated plastic bag in your refrigerator’s crisper. It will keep for up to a week, but will be at its best within the first few days you bring it home from the market.
HOW TO PREPARE
Remove leaves from the stem if they appear discolored or unhealthy. Rinse broccoli head and stem under cold running water. Cut the head into small spears and slice the stem lengthwise into sticks, or prepare according to the recipe.
Find inspiration for cooking with this seasonal produce with broccoli recipes from around the web:
- Foodie Crush – Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Whole Wheat Pasta
- Simply Recipes – Broccoli Cheddar Bites
- Gimme Some Oven – Beef and Broccoli
- Good Housekeeping – Mahogany Chicken and Broccoli
- Well Plated – Slow Cooker Broccoli and Cheese Soup
- Just a Taste – Teriyaki Chicken Stir-Fry with Noodles (pictured above)
What are your favorite broccoli recipes you have in your recipe repertoire?