Roasted Brocolli

This is my all time favorite way to eat broccoli. This simple, humble recipe just might become a surprise favorite for you too.  If you look down at the recipe you’ll see that it couldn’t be simpler to make.  It’s so simple, in fact, you might just pass it up, but I have to tell you, I think that would be a mistake……..let me explain.

Something happens to veggies when you roast them.  Oven roasting them really is just baking at a higher temperature. Simple enough….right?  When they cook at this higher temperature they caramelize and that’s a really good thing.  It concentrates the flavors, brings out the natural sugars in a food, and also gives the food a bit of a nutty flavor.  The best part of caramelizing………..you don’t have to add a bunch of ingredients to get the extra bonus flavor.  I don’t know about you, but in my book, that’s a huge plus!  I’m often looking for ways to cut unwanted calories without sacrificing great flavor. Who want’s to eat boring food?  Not me, my friend!   And please don’t think I want to give up my sugar obsession to save calories………..

This recipe has two ingredients plus salt and pepper.  Obviously, the freshness and the quality of the ingredients are super important because there are no other ingredients that are going to mask mediocre quality.  I use extra virgin olive oil, but feel free to use which every type you prefer.

Roasted Broccoli is so easy to make and really good for you that I serve it a couple times a week.  You can use this as a base recipe and if you’d like you can add other ingredient to vary the dish.  You can toss it with peeled or unpeeled  garlic or lemon zest or Parmesan cheese before roasting.  My kids used to like it when I’d top it with cheese, generally cheddar, and pop it back in the oven for about a minute just to barely melt it.  This was a little tricky though, because if you melted it just a wee bit too long it almost melted through the broccoli and you lost most of the cheese flavor…….wha’ts the point!  So try this version, but be on your toes!