Steamed broccoli is the best cure for over-indulgence I know. It’s cleansing, healthful, high in vitamin C, protein (45% of the calories in broccoli are from protein), and fiber.
The easiest way to dress broccoli is to mix in a tablespoon of butter. My favorite way to eat broccoli is with a little lemon juice and some nutty flax seed oil (available at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and health food stores) which is high in healthful omega-3 oils and quite delicious in taste. Mom and dad love their broccoli with mayonnaise (which is surprisingly quite good). You can also do olive oil and lemon zest (pictured above), olive oil and balsamic vinegar, etc. etc. Good with toasted slivered almonds or toasted sesame seeds too.
Steamed Broccoli Recipe
- 1 bunch of broccoli
Many options here
- Olive oil, butter, flax seed oil, or mayonnaise
- Lemon zest or juice, balsamic vinegar
- Toasted almonds, toasted sesame seeds
1 Rinse out well your broccoli, and break into large, bite-sized florets. Cut off the stem and peel off the thick skin around the stem. Quarter or halve the stem lengthwise.
2 Bring 3/4 to 1 inch of water to a boil in a saucepan with a steamer. (Note that is you don't have a steamer, you can simply put the broccoli directly into an inch of boiling water.) Add the broccoli to the steamer and cover; reduce heat to medium and let cook for 5-6 minutes. The broccoli is done when you can pierce it with a fork. But be careful not to overcook the broccoli. As soon as it is pierce-able, remove from heat, place in serving dish.
3 Dress to taste with butter, olive oil, flax seed oil, mayonnaise, lemon zest or juice, balsamic vinegar, toasted almonds, or sesame seeds.
Yield: Serves 2-4