“I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.”
— President George WH Bush
Unlike the former President, I do like broccoli and with a recent stir-fry dish have even begun to convert my husband, so it’s not banned in our household!
When buying broccoli look for firm, compact clusters of small flower buds (florets). The buds should be dark green and may have a purplish tint to the edge.
If the florets are enlarged, opened, yellowish-green or wilted, then the broccoli is not fresh.
Try and buy your broccoli just before you need it. You can store broccoli in the fridge, in an open plastic bag, for up to three days, but the vitamin content will diminish the longer you leave it.
Broccoli can be blanched (boiled in a small amount of water), microwaved (with almost no water), steamed (on a rack above simmering water), or stir-fried.
How to Prepare Broccoli for Cooking
Make only what you are going to eat for dinner. Given fresh broccoli will cook in just a few minutes there is no point in making enough for leftovers. Also be sure not to overcook broccoli or it will not only turn to mush, but will develop into a very unappealing shade of green.
I use both the stalk and the floret for stir-fry, but only the floret as a vegetable side dish.
For an ordinary dinner at home, I like to microwave broccoli just to the point where it is almost cooked and then add salt and pepper. Sounds simple and it is!
Wash, don’t soak, broccoli in cool running water just before preparing.
Trim off any leaves that are attached to the stalk.
Trim off just the end of each stalk, leaving about 2 inches below the florets.
If you are using the stalk, peel the tough outer layer using a vegetable peeler or a knife.
Cut the stalk in half lengthwise.
Holding the strips together, cut the stalk crosswise to the desired size.
Finish trimming the broccoli by cutting each floret off the head, leaving a little stalk on each cluster. If the individual florets are fairly large, they can be sliced in half lengthwise to make smaller pieces.
Cooking Broccoli Florets in the Microwave
Always start with a microwave safe dish. Use a dish that is just big enough to hold the broccoli.
Put the florets in the dish in a single layer.
For ½ pound of broccoli, add 1 Tablespoon of water.
Cover with plastic wrap. Be sure to leave a steam vent in the corner.
Microwave on high about 3-4 minutes
With a fork stab the broccoli to check to see if it is cooked to your liking. Do not overcook. Broccoli will retain its bright green color, crisp tenderness and sweetness if you cook it just until a fork can pierce the stalk.
Sprinkle on some salt and pepper and…Enjoy!
Ingredients for 2 Servings:
- 1/2 pound broccoli
- 1 Tablespoon of water
- Salt and Pepper
P.S.: If you’re a huge broccoli fan, try out chicken and broccoli stir fry recipe!
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