Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables when cooked. I struggle with it raw, as it comes off as too crunchy and plastic-like. But steamed, sautÃ©ed, boiled, baked, or fried and weâ€™ve got ourselves a winner. With the right sauce, or copious amounts of high-quality butter, the flower heads soaks in the flavor of whatever itâ€™s served with. Itâ€™s a tough veggie that can stand the accompaniment of other bold flavors and textures, such as eggs and cheese. Why, hello thereâ€¦
Thereâ€™s more green in there I swear, under the sea of Parmesan and eggs that is.
Here are the glow factors behind broccoli:
- contains high amounts of potassium, magnesium, and calcium, which help control blood pressure
- contains the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C in just 1 cup
- contains high levels of calcium and vitamin K, which are essential for bone health and preventing the onset of osteoporosis
- helps prevent skin damage with â€œglucoraphaninâ€ (skin detoxifying and repair agent)
- boosts liver function and prevents breast, gastric, cervical and prostate cancer
- has a high level of beta-carotene to boost immune system
- is high in fiber, which helps digestion and thus great for weight loss
- contains â€œluteinâ€ and vitamin A, which are helpful for optimal vision
- contains lutein, which stops the thickening of arteries and thus the occurrence of heart disease or stroke
So, letâ€™s make it taste as good as it is for you!
Broc & Parm & Egg
Ingredients (2 servings)
- 2 cups raw broccoli, stemmed
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp (roasted) red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- Dash of salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Sautee the broccoli in a pain with extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, coriander, red pepper, and paprika. Once tossed and coated with oil and spices evenly, pour water into the pan and cover with a lid. The water will steam the broccoli, helping it to cook faster.
Remove the lid once the broccoli is tender and let cook on medium until all the water has evaporated. Look how vibrant the color becomes when cooked!
Crack the 4 eggs and displace them throughout the pan. Break the yolks so they drain throughout the pan as well.
Cook on stove over medium heat for 30 seconds, or until only the top of the eggs are still watery.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Pop into the broiler on â€œhighâ€ until the cheese is melted and the eggs are just cooked through to your liking.
Remove from the oven and eat from the pan, communal style. Scoop with a fork or a piece of bread.