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!