Tuesday, July 8, 2008

choppin' broccoli

a little shout out to dana carvey's catchy song......and that tastiest of vegetables.....broccoli! it's a great veggie and very good for you. a member of the Brassicaceae family, broccoli is high in vitamin C, soluble fiber and has potent anti-cancer properties. but don't boil for more than 10 minutes or broccoli will lose many of it's health benefits (steaming and stir frying don't seem to have that problem). there are many things to do with broccoli but i think the simpler the better.

tonight we made a tasty side dish of broccoli and orzo....
cook 1/2 cup orzo in 4 cups of water until tender (about 15 mins). drain, reserving 3/4 cup of water. saute 5 cloves of garlic (sliced) and 1/2 onion (diced) in 2 Tbsp olive oil until slightly translucent. add broccoli florets (about 4 cups) tossing in olive oil, garlic and onion. add reserved water, cover and steam for 5 mins. uncover and cook further to reduce liquid until almost evaporated (about 2 mins). combine with orzo. season with salt and pepper to taste and juice of half a lemon. enjoy!

don't waste the broccoli stalks or leaves....peel the tough outer skin with a vegetable peeler and use for soups, stir fry and stocks!

we also received green and red leaf lettuce, swiss and rainbow chard, onions, kale and red cabbage today so post your recipe ideas!

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