What Can I Do With Lots of Broccoli?

Reviewed on 2/10/2021
Broccoli is a versatile ingredient that can be used in soups, pastas, and even be baked.
Broccoli is a versatile ingredient that can be used in soups, pastas, and even be baked.

Broccoli is a versatile ingredient that can be used in soups, pastas, and even be baked.

As a side dish: 

  • Cheddar broccoli side dish: Pre-heat the oven at 350° F. Lightly coat a 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Now, in a nonstick skillet, mix shredded broccoli (florets), onion, and water. Sauté over medium-high heat for about 5-8 minutes or until tender. Add water as needed so that the veggies do not dry up. Drain and set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix egg, milk, and 3/4 cup cheddar cheese. Add this and pepper to the broccoli mixture. Stir well.
  • Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Set this into a large pan filled with about an inch of water. Bake this without cover for about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and top this with 1/4 cup shredded cheese and broil it for another 5 minutes. Let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

As a salad:

  • Cold steamed broccoli is one of the best salads after work out. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add the broccoli to the boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes or until tender and drain. Heat oil in a small pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for half a minute. Add broccoli, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Combine well and serve.
  • Broccoli works very well with Asian spices and sauces, such as garlic, ginger, soya sauce.

Breakfast:

  • Curry broccoli omelet: A cup of shredded broccoli, two teaspoons of curry powder, 2 eggs, salt, and pepper. Whisk them all together in a bowl. Use coconut oil or butter to make the omelet. Steam broccoli if you need more moisture and roast the broccoli if you want a more smokey flavor.

Soup:

  • Broccoli, spinach, onion, coconut milk, and a whole bunch of seasonings can make a delicious soup. Kids love this especially with added cheese and garlic bread.

Dinner:

  • Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (tender), 10-12 minutes, or according to the package directions and drain.
  • Steam broccoli florets for 5-8 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta and broccoli. Toss with parmesan cheese, olive oil, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Others:

  • Broccoli and swiss cheese quiche
  • Pasta with broccoli, sausage, and roasted red peppers
  • Broccoli dip in a bread bowl

What are the health benefits of eating broccoli?

The following are a few health benefits of broccoli:

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References
Vinton SB. How to Use Broccoli or Cauliflower Stems and Leaves. FoodPrint. July 26, 2018. https://foodprint.org/blog/how-to-use-broccoli-cauliflower-stems-leaves/

Harvard Health Care. Basil Broccoli. https://stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-clinics/cancer-nutrition-services/recipes/colon-cancer-diet-basil-broccoli-recipe.html

Mayo Clinic. Broccoli Cheddar Bake. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/recipes/broccoli-cheddar-bake/rcp-20049747

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