I wanted to share how to cook broccoli, because it is so important nutritionally. It is packed full of fiber, vitamins and minerals we all need. It also has a surprising amount of protein (cup of broccoli has about 3 grams of protein, which is 5 or 6% of the daily requirement.)
The American diet is so lacking in fiber, it's ridiculous! I make sure I eat steamed broccoli every night! Squeeze lemon on it in place of salt.
You can save money by not having to buy all your produce ‘organic’ like broccoli. But, I do sometimes, depending upon the condition of the store’s regular stock. I look for a yellow color on the underside of the flowerets. If it is too yellow, I feel it is too old, so I won’t buy it. I also look on top for ‘slimy’ spots.
If your store has it, buy the 'baby' broccoli. I really love it. It's long and thin and you usually don't have to split the flowerets into smaller slices. Try it, you just might like it!
How to cook broccoli
- Wash it first
- Cut how many broccoli flowerets you want off the stalk
- Slice them into ‘bite sized’ pieces
- Put in a stainless ‘steamer tray’ that sets inside on the bottom of a big pot
- Add about a 1/2″ of water
- Cover with a lid
- Bring to a full boil and steam about five minutes
- Reach in with tongs and pull out a sample
- If you can slice it open easily with a knife, it’s ready
- Serve immediately with lemon squeezed on top
I steam broccoli nearly every night for me and my wife. I add bok choy with a sliced up a baked potato for myself. You have to watch the clock, because all this doesn’t take that long. Don’t walk away, because five minutes goes pretty fast! Don’t overcook, you don’t want soggy brown broccoli!
I mix bok choy for me in with my broccoli and sliced up white potato in one big bowl and squeeze lemon all over also pouring two tablespoons of green salsa verde salsa on top. Try it, you might like it!
Note- check with your doctor before you change your diet.