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I can't make broccoli taste good.

I really try. I don't want to eat it. What's the point if I slather cheese all over it?

Mon. May 19, 12:52pm

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there are lots of veggies! forget about brocolli!

Monday, May 19, 2008, 12:54 PM

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who's making you eat it? sure it is a healthy food but you don't have to eat it to live. just eat other veggies.
If you are just looking for suggestions on ways to eat it besides covered in cheese I heat it up and use a little light ranch dressing or mixed in with whole wheat pasta and marinara.

Monday, May 19, 2008, 12:54 PM

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although I do love brocolli I know several people who just can't eat it! It gives them terrible stomach issues. I have several veggies that I just can't stand - eggplant, zucchini, squash ... blech :P

I agree with 12:54 eat veggies you like !

Monday, May 19, 2008, 12:58 PM

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tweak it...

I used to hate veggies til I got married...
Now I have learned to LOVE all my previously most hated veggies ! !

-my wife steams broccoli with lemon zest and garlic salt - wow it is good
-try a little soy sauce and nonfat mayonaise mixed together as a sauce for steamed asparagus - I used to HATE asparagus, now I like it.
-or for squash she bakes it cubed with apples, cinnamon and nutmeg
-for cauliflower she makes it into a lite cheesy mashed potato kinda thing

WOULD you eat totally plain hamburger or a straight boiled chicken breast?? spice your veggies up with CREATIVITY!

Monday, May 19, 2008, 1:43 PM

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I agree with the posters who say to just eat other veggies, but if you're really wanting to eat it, try hiding it in a stirfry - slice the stems into "rounds", throw them in with the rest of the veggies, add whatever sauce/spices you're doing, and voila! You won't even notice them. Do something else with the tops.

Oh - and they're really pretty this way - the "rounds" aren't round like with carrots...they're flower-shaped.

Also - my favorite sauce for broccoli:
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1T fresh ginger, minced or grated
~2T soy sauce
~1T white wine vinegar
~1T olive oil

whisk together, pour over steamed broccoli (make sure to take the broccoli off the heat while it's still bright green - over-cooked broccoli is GROSS!). You can toss in some pine nuts for an added flavor kick.

And finally - I can eat almost anything when it's smothered in hummus. Try roasted red pepper hummus from Athens brand. Mmm, tasty! And healthier than cheese!

Monday, May 19, 2008, 2:05 PM

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I really didn't like brocolli either until a friend made it by steaming it, then sprinkling it with lemon juice and sea salt and I found it to be delicious! I eat it at least once a week now. As much as I like it now, I still don't like it any other way!

Friday, May 23, 2008, 10:30 PM

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I cook broccoli sort of like 2:05 does, but with less effort. I saute broccoli in a frying pan in pam with a little water (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan) until it turns bright green, then add some garlic and soy sauce. The broccoli will be crunchy and flavorful and you haven't added any fat or many calories! (Soy sauce is like 10 calories per tbsp or something). Also, use fresh broccoli. The frozen kind is tasteless mush.

Friday, May 23, 2008, 11:04 PM

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Hmmm...have you tried in in a high-quality Chinese restaurant as part of a chicken and broccoli stir fry? If it's done well it has a just a little crunch and is bright green.

I can make it taste that good at home. First step: Buy a good looking head of broccoli. the same day or next, blanch it by boiling it for about 1-2 minutes then plunge it in ice water. Shake off the water, and put it in a tupperware until you need it. Then, when you're ready to stir fry, it won't take as long to cook and it will remain a beautiful green.

Saturday, May 24, 2008, 12:53 AM

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Man you guys have good ideas. I do some similar things but my two favorite ways,
steamed in the microwave with a touch of garlic powder and 1 tbls water, covered. then when it is almost done like 1 min to go I drain any water and add a couple pinches of parmesan and stir it in. heat for a minute more just to melt the cheese. I like it with a little butter spray and salt and pepper.

But my favorite way is roasted and it is so so easy.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and I like to line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Makes clean up really easy. Then clean and cut your broccoli into good sized spears. spray the baking sheet. Add the broccoli and spray it with cooking spray. salt and pepper.
roast for aprox 15 min.
It adds a real nutty flavor.
You can also roast asparagus, cauliflower, zucchini.... tons of veggies the same way.
It is also good to add a pinch or so of parmesan cheese to these others.

If all esle fails I guess I am with the others, try other veggies. But don't give up your tastes may change as you go along. Mine sure have.

Saturday, May 24, 2008, 3:57 AM

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Heat 2-3 tblsp olive oil to a very hot temp in a skillet (I use cast iron for this)

Use only fresh broc. flowrets and cook them very quickly in the olive oil, until the flowrets turn slightly browned. They should still be crispy and raw, don't let them overcook in the oil and get mushy.

Add a little water, cover and steam the rest of the way until it turns bright green.

The broc. now tastes different. Season with salt, pepper, garlic, soy sauce, WHATEVER!!!!!

good luck

Saturday, May 24, 2008, 9:49 PM

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It can be great!

Broccoli tastes so good if you cook it right- by steaming it to perfection. Try this: buy some Glad or Zip Lock Steamer bags. Steam the broccoli in the bag and be sure to drain. Eat w/ brown rice and a little soy sauce or sweet n' sour- Yummy!

Sunday, May 25, 2008, 12:54 AM

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I can't stand the taste of cooked broccoli. The only way I like it is in a bag as broccoli cole slaw.

Sunday, May 25, 2008, 9:23 PM

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Roasted for sure

I completely agree with the Saturday, May 24, 2008, 3:57 AM post.
I do the same thing and its awesome... lots of salt and pepper, yummmm!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 3:22 PM

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Here is how you do it:


PS: This is foolproof.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 11:14 AM

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Roasted and not only broccoli

Confession I love broccoli. However, my kids ate it but weren't too keen on it. Same goes for cauliflower. When I discovered roasting as opposed to any other method wow what a different it makes.

The tray with roasted broccoli (as suggested by Saturday, May 24, 2008 post) or cauliflower or sometimes a combination of both empties out very quickly. I have to literally stop them coming into the kitchen to pick at it.

I don't know what combination of spices or herbs you go for...I like to add lemon, garlic, salt etc only after its roasted. I sprinkle with olive oil or coconut oil and add a bit of coarse salt at the edges of the tray and that's it.

Also you could always bake it as part of an egg muffin or egg bake.

My kids and I are experimenting new vegetables (and I always serve veg at meal time) since joining a CSA. It's fresh, organic and far cheaper than shopping in the store.

By the way much as I love broccoli and cauliflower I can't have too much as it causes havoc with my thyroid.

Thursday, December 29, 2011, 3:06 AM

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