Saturday, March 5, 2011

EAT MORE GREENS!




With sincere (?) apologies to my chocoholic readers (you know who you are .... Dom and Chele) I'm back with more veggies.  Years ago (when the boys were small and I was obsessed with nutrition) I read a wonderful book by Andrew Weil called "8 Weeks To Optimum Health" - a few of his recommendations have stuck with me through the years:  Have a "news fast" every so often (no radio or TV news and skip the newspapers) - very calming.  Buy yourself flowers regularly - they lift your spirits.  Eat broccoli - it is brim full of goodness - so here goes!

I have been dipping in and out of Ellie Krieger's "The Food You Crave" recently, and when I saw a recipe for "Dirty Broccoli" - I just had to try it!!!  Not sure where the dirty bit came from but the recipe is excellent - tasty, interesting and healthy.  Ellie describes the dish as delectable, and she's right!


"Dirty" Broccoli

1                bunch broccoli

2 tbsp        olive oil (I used slightly less)
2               garlic cloves, minced (I used 3)
3 tbsp        wholemeal breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp       dried oregano
1/4 tsp       salt
1/4 tsp       pepper



Divide the broccoli into spears and steam until cooked to your taste.

While the broccoli is steaming heat the oil on a large pan or wok, adding the garlic while the oil is still cold, cook it for about a minute.
Add the breadcrumbs, oregano and seasonings and stir until the mixture is toasted and golden.
Combine the broccoli and the crunchy breadcrumbs and serve.

Enjoy.

52 comments:

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

is there an 'un-follow' button?... how am I supposed to get my sweet fix?... regardless of how lovely and tasty your 'dirty' broccoli looks... and it does... please can you resume normal service as quickly as possible?

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I'm still laughing at Dom's comment. Anyway broccoli is good for you and with garlic even better. I like a lot of Ellie's recipes.

Laura said...

This sounds delicious - even if it is a broccoli dish! Ellie really proves that you can create dishes which are both a joy to eat and healthy for you... Thanks for sharing! And for mentioning "8 Weeks to Optimum Health" - I'll have to check that one out soon! Have a lovely weekend!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

LOL on Dom's comment! I think you'll have to put a side of fudge or chocolate cookies out with your veggies for him! LOL!

I love broccoli, the hubby not so much, he'll eat it because it's good for him! This sounds great, I have two of her cookbooks! I think the "dirty" may come from the breadcrumbs? Now, if I could only get him to eat salmon!

Have a wonderful day!

Umm Mymoonah said...

I love recipes with broccoli, those breadcrumbs on top must add really a special taste, this is definitely a keeper recipe for me.

Chow and Chatter said...

great advice and good tip on the butter for scones thanks

Jaana said...

Usually i jump onto the walls,screaming when i see broccoli,but your recipe sounds intriguingly interesting..

Chocolate Here said...

Sur' we cannot live on chocolate alone ... although I have tried!!!

Am in need of an iron boost anyway so I do appreciate the broccolli recipe :-)

Kat said...

Here is another one of your chocolate lovers but I guess greens are important too! If you get a chance, visit my blog. I am having a giveaway. Have a fun weekend.
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Bridgett ~ La Bella Cook said...

I like some of Dr Weil's advice and I am all for a News Fast now and again! This dirty broccoli is a favorite Ellie recipe of mine and I am glad you gave it a go. It reminds me I need to make it again! Yours looks fabulous.

yummychunklet said...

Yum! I love broccoli, so this looks so good!

Angela said...

I think this looks wonderful. I could eat broccoli every day.

Shanae Branham said...

No apologies, please! What you said was perfect. I am always looking for more encouragement to eat healthier. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment.

Rhyleysgranny said...

Oh BVG I hate broccoli. Couldn't you have poured chocolate sauce over it or something ;)

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Wonderful cabbage and broccoli recipes! Thanks for your invaluable reminder! I'll gladly heed your advice and eat my greens! It has been a long while sine I heard it said. To your health! Cheers!!!

Chele said...

I promise you that chocolate is a food group ... and as it is a bean that makes it a vegetable and so therefore a healthy food group ... are you buying any of this?? lol

C said...

Looks tasty to me - I love broccoli but ways to jazz it up a bit are always welcome!

laurie said...

I'm a fan of broccoli and this looks likes another great way to serve it!

Tammy said...

Sounds good!! You have a really lovely blog!
Have a beautiful weekend!
xx,
Tammy

teresa said...

i'm all about dirty food when it looks like this!

cupcakegirl said...

I am dedicated to naughty chocolate treat but my concience tells me I should make this. Plus it looks wonderful and my health concius boyfrind will love it

Gloria said...

I think look really nice! gloria

Susan Lindquist said...

I love broccoli! Hurray for you coming up with a fresh way to prepare it!

Natasha Green ★ said...

This sounds amazing, what a way to make broccoli more interesting! Natasha from www.theramblesandshamblesblog.blogspot.com

Vivienne said...

def an interesting and healthy way to dress up broccoli! love the addition of wholemeal breadcrumb too!

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

I feel like i've started something bad... I do love broccoli, don't get me wrong...

aipi said...

Yummo..that looks clean, healthy n delicious all at the same time!!


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Zoe said...

Funny that Ellie named these delicious broccoli "dirty"...LOL

Indie.Tea said...

Yum! I like the 'dirty' concept. I actually eat lots of green (to balance the sweets I guess)...especially kale.

My Little Space said...

Ha.. what a name! I bet it tastes fabulous. I like the addition of bread crumb. Thanks for sharing and hope you're having a great day.
Cheers, Kristy

LF said...

I love broccoli.. and most vegetables come to think of it. :) Looks lovely. x

Linda www.mykindofcooking.com said...

This is a must try recipe for me! I love broccoli and I am always looking for new recipes.

Linda
www.mykindofcooking.com

Liz said...

Love this love it!!! I do something very similar and put grated lemon rind in the crumbs, great way to eat your greens...xx

Lindsay said...

Sounds absolutely delicious, but what a bizarre name!! I'm absolutely going to bookmark this one. Thanks for sharing!

Domestic Goddess Wannabe said...

Ooh, garlicky broccoli - I likey. Think you should change your blog background to green until chocolate-service resumes!

Pam said...

It sounds delicious! I love broccoli and have the Weil book also. My aunt would always advice us to eat more broccoli. She lived until her late 80's with seldom going to the doctor so there must be something to it.

Angela said...

I included one of your recipes in my Ash Wednesday blogroll today. Thanks for helping me with my meatless days:)

Mary said...

Yum! I love broccoli, and had it for dinner last night. I usually cook the florets, but save all the stalks to eat raw. This sounds like a delicious and simple new way for me to prepare it. Now bring on the cake!!!

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

first time here,u hv a lovley space..i truly belive in Go green..eat greens daily..love broccoli and this looks so tempting n delicious....visit my space as time permits..
sanyukta
http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/

Julie said...

Sounds like a fabulous way to disquise some broccoli!

Val said...

That is my number one goal this year...MORE GREENS. These look yummy.

Choclette said...

Hmmm, I'm with Chele and Dom! But this does sound rather a nice way of having broccoli, so I'll try not to complain too much.

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this looks so yummy! i love trying new recipes for broccoli. thank you for sharing.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

In my opinon, there's nothing better for the body than healthy greens or dishes like this! Thanks for sharing your idea.

Hester Casey said...

That's good advice. I do a news fast every now and then too - usually on hols - no tv, no radio, no newspapers - blissful ignorance. I bought myself flowers today - an enormous bunch of daffs. Thanks for the 'Dirty' Broccoli recipe. Love garlic with this veg but the breadcrumbs are a new departure.

Angela/Soap Mom's Kitchen/Sutherland Soap Creamery said...

Wow! You can even make broccoli look delicious! I love my greens! This recipe sounds simple and delicious. I am sure my youngster will love it!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Haven't heard much from you lately, hope everything's OK!

Mary

Danielle said...

I love broccoli! this looks like a great new way to prepare it...and it's healthy (shhh....don't tell my husband!)

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

laughing at Dom's comment too...
this looks wonderful...
it's on my list

kary
xxx

thelittleloaf said...

Delicious. Have you tried this with a little red chilli? And leftovers would make the perfect pasta sauce - yum!

Charlotte said...

Looks like a yummy recipe!!
thanks for sharing

xo

Roxan said...

E! Looks like someone has not been posting ;]
thank you again for sending me the curly wurly bars, my stomach and spirit thank you. I gave you a shout out on today's post <3