Baby broccoli aka broccolini aka aspiration…isn’t she lovely!

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This beautiful bundle of green is not young broccoli.  It’s the hybrid love child of broccoli and Chinese kale.  Broccolini has long slender stalks, delicate florets and a taste that is slightly sweeter than broccoli.  With super food parents, it’s nutrient dense – low in calories,  with vitamin A, calcium, folate, iron and 130% the daily recommended value of vitamin C (in an 8 stalk serving).

The sweet and tenderness of baby broccoli makes preparation simple. Give it a quick steam followed by a squeeze of lemon, lightly saute it in a stir fry, or try this easy oven roast method.
  • Preheat oven to 425. Wash and pat the stalks dry with a towel.
  • Lay it out on a sheet pan and mist with olive oil. Side note: I think a non aerosol pump mister is a must-have kitchen tool. It allows you to add flavor and control fat while eliminating the aerosol factor of commercial spray oils.
  • Sprinkle on seasonings and toss to coat. I used Himalyan salt and South African Smoke seasoning.

  • Roast until tender crisp.  This happens fast – about 4-5 minutes.

Quick easy and fantastic. Here I paired it with spicy grilled shrimp and jalapeno grits.  Talk about GOOD! 

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