Bangin’ Broccoli: Two Recipes to Try

Broccoli’s Bad Rep

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In my humble opinion, broccoli gets a bad rep.

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Maybe we can blame that on President George H.W. Bush. Maybe it’s because it looks kind of weird.  Whatever.  It’s delicious — and versatile! 

And…. my kids have grown (pun intended) to love it.

My 3yo daughter, whose most recent favorite words are ‘I don’t wanna eat it,’ will devour a plate of broccoli and pretty much any veggie.  But she won’t touch a strawberry. Or a banana. (I know. Freakish.)

If I leave a plate of broccoli and other veggies on our counter with some dip, my kids will snack on it between meals. They’re growing.  They’re hungry.  If it’s there in front of them, and promoted as a ‘snack’, they eat it. (This is why you won’t find a candy dish or cookie jar on my counter.)

But I know that not everyone is as big a fan of the green stuff.  So I thought I’d share two recipes you might like to try to load your kids on the broccoli bandwagon.

Two Recipes to Try

A few nights ago, I thought I’d try something new.  So I grilled broccoli.  I’ll get to that in a moment.  But the real favorite in our house is Broccoli Salad. My kids gobble it up, it’s perfect for potlucks, and I’ve given this recipe out more times than I can count. So let’s start there.  

Broccoli Salad

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This recipe may seem similar to other broccoli salad recipes you’ve seen because I tend to take a bunch of recipes and mix them together to come up with a dish for my family.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch broccoli, chopped into small florets
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 4 Tbps honey
  • Chopped red onion (to taste)
  • Handful of slivered almonds
  • 6-7 slices of bacon, crumbled (or about a 1/3 cup bacon bits)
  • Handful of raisins
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

How to:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the mayo, vinegar and honey.
  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Toss to coat with the dressing.

Pretty easy, right?   I served it with grilled boneless pork chops (sprinkled with a little onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning then seared on the grill over high heat and cooked the rest of the way through over low heat) and some grilled mini bell peppers (tossed with olive oil and garlic powder.) 

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Everyone at our table cleaned their plate tonight.  We have a winner!

Grilled Parmesan Broccoli 

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One night, I was planning to grill out and found a couple of bunches of broccoli that needed to be used.  So I stumbled across this recipe for Grilled Broccoli| Taste of Home Recipes.

I followed this recipe pretty closely (except I used my grill pan) so I’m not going to rehash it here.  As in previous posts, I like to send you to the site in order to help out my fellow home chefs and bloggers. 😉

I served it with some grilled chicken, and we all liked it.  It was very good.  photo 4-6But, truth be told, we thought it was a bit too salty because of all of the parmesan cheese.  I think, the next time, I’d still marinade and grill the broccoli, but just toss some shaved parmesan on it AFTER it’s been grilled and is still warm.

So if broccoli isn’t your cup of tea (or your child’s favorite veggie)… try it a new way.  You might find that you (or they!) like it afterall!

Happy eating!

Sharon

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