Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable. It is related to cabbage, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.
These vegetables are known for their beneficial health effects, and are sometimes referred to as the “super veggies.”
Broccoli is low in sodium and calories, at about 31 calories per serving. It’s also a fat-free vegetable. Broccoli has an impressive nutritional profile. These include fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, manganese and iron.
According to research from the University of Oslo it is found that microwaving or steaming carrots, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, green and red peppers, and tomatoes led to an increase in the antioxidant content of the foods (in that the antioxidants become more available for absorption). I must say cooking Broccoli in the microwave is much quicker than bringing a pot of water to boil or steaming and it definitely safe and healthier.
You could serve this dish as a side for your thanksgiving meal or on your weekday dinner. Do give it a try and let me know what you think about it!
1 head Broccoli chopped
3 Garlic cloves minced
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tbsp. water
1/2 juice of Lemon
Place broccoli, garlic, and Olive Oil in a microwave safe dish. Add 1 Tbsp of water and sprinkle a pinch of salt.
Tip: You could substitute the Olive Oil with 2 tbsp. of butter to make it more luscious.
Cover with a lid or wet paper towel and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes.
Cook until broccoli is tender but still crunchy.
When done, add a squeeze of lemon juice and toss so that the oil coats it all.