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Roasted Broccoli

RoastedBroccoli1After the fatty decadence of the smashed potatoes from yesterday, a lighter but just as tasty vegetable was definitely needed for this meal.  I will often get the prechopped broccoli or broccoli/cauliflower mix from the produce section of the grocery store.  At my Kroger, there’s not much of a difference cost-wise unless the heads of broccoli are on sale.  It only takes a few minutes to cut the florets off the stalks, though, so it’s all about how lazy I am feeling, really. 🙂

You definitely need to use fresh broccoli for this, though, and not frozen.  Hmm… I wonder how that would work… I may need to give that a try sometime…

Anyway…. roasted broccoli.  Easy, tasty, AND good for you!RoastedBroccoli2

Roasted Broccoli
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Recipe type: Side
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Makes: 4-6 servings
 
With fast prep and quick roasting, this side can be pulled together in a matter of minutes. If buying full heads of broccoli, the weight should be about twice that of what you want since the stalks are considerably heavier than the florets. You can use the stalks, too! Just peel and slice into ⅛" coins, if desired.
Ingredients
  • ~1 pound of broccoli florets (3-4 small head of broccoli, florets cut into small pieces)
  • Olive oil cooking spray (I use olive oil in a Misto)
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425°.
  2. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet generously with the olive oil cooking spray. be very generous and coat well.
  3. Spread the broccoli in an even layer across the baking sheet.
  4. Spray the tops of the florets generously with the olive oil spray.
  5. Sprinkle with the garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until tender and just starting to brown.
  7. For a crunchy twist, sprinkle with ¼ cup of panko crumbs before baking.
  8. For a cheesy twist, sprinkle on ¼ cup of freshly grated Parmesan as soon as the broccoli comes out of the oven.

 

 

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