Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Roasted Garlic Broccoli

I am a reformed vegetable hater. I used to only eat lettuce, corn, and potatoes. I am trying hard to increase my vegetable consumption. The first veggie that I added to my list was broccoli. I love steamed broccoli that is nice and firm. Mushy broccoli just isn't my thing. I also love oven roasted vegetables. Roasting veggies really gives them a new taste and texture.

This is more so a technique rather than a recipe. I have listed optional ingredients. If you want to add some extra pizzaz to your broccoli you can use some of those ingredients after it roasts. Try it- even if you don't love veggies roasting them is a good way to get used to them.

1 head of broccoli
olive oil
1 clove of garlic

Lemon juice
Parmesan cheese
Red pepper flakes
Soy sauce

1- Preheat the oven to 425.
2- Wash your head of broccoli and dry it well. Using a knife of kitchen shears cut the florets off the head of broccoli and lay flat on an oven safe surface.

3- Drizzle olive oil over the broccoli. Toss to coat.

4- Using a microplane, grate the clove of garlic on top of the broccoli. Toss to evenly coat the veggies. If you don't have a microplane mince the garlic and toss.

5- Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
6- If desired toss with some fresh lemon juice, parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, soy sauce, etc. The options are limitless!

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