Since my second trimester I have had very intense cravings for green vegetables, which is just as well because I need some healthy cravings to balance out the less-than healthy ones! I also gladly indulge myself in all manner of green vegetables, in particular, broccoli. I have never minded eating broccoli, but wouldn’t consider it one of my favourite vegetables (unless it is my mum’s broccoli and cauliflower drenched in a creamy, cheesy white sauce, which for obvious reasons I have steered well clear of).
But now I can’t get enough of it and I have luckily found a healthy way of preparing broccoli (while watching Jamie Oliver’s 15 minute meals), that honest to goodness I can eat as a snack all day long! It is fresh and crisp and seriously full of flavour and your family is going to love you for preparing broccoli in this less than traditional manner. The secret is in charring the broccoli. It might sound strange, but by slightly burning it, it brings out the most delicious smokey flavour in the broccoli. It is finished off with a squeeze of fresh lemon, which is an absolute must and it all just works together.
head of broccoli
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
half a lemon
- Heat the olive and sesame oil in a frying pan over a very high heat, and once searing hot add the broccoli. (The sesame oil is not compulsory, but adds to the delicious smokey flavour).
- Leave it for a few minutes, no stirring and absolutely no water. Then toss the broccoli and leave it for another few minutes. The whole process takes about 6-8 minutes and is ready when the edges of the broccoli is charred.
- Finish it off with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of garlic salt (or regular salt will do as well) and some cracked pepper.
…be fearless, and have fun!