I am blogging this recipe (finally) after previously thinking it was just too simple (I just threw it together one day and it's become a frequent repeat). But I message so many people this recipe when it's asked for that I figure it warrants it's own blog now! It's one of my most photographed meals on Instagram because I eat it for lunch almost every week and have even been known to eat it a few times in a week! It would also be a great dinner or breakfast dish too but it's become a lunch habit for me so I keep it in that time slot! Broccoli is the star and even though pretty much all the other ingredients can be substituted, broccoli has to be the mainstay. It's the star so keep it in!
Broccoli. What a star of a vegetable. It really is the one of the most delicious and easiest vegetables to work with. Roasted, steamed, sauteed, pureed...plus the health benefits are incredible!
Broccoli gives us so many nutrients and is one of the most power packed vegetables around. These are just some reasons why it should be appearing often in your diet:
- Very high in powerful antioxidants. It is extremely high in Vitamin C as well as the flavanoids which help the body utilise and recycle The Vitamin C. It is also high in carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene which help the body fight against free radical formation, are anti-aging, give us super skin and super good for our eye health.
- High in Soluble Fibre which increases bowel regularity, aids digestive health, prevents constipation, curbs over eating, stabilises blood sugar levels and draws bad cholesterol out of your body.
- Contains immune boosting properties and helps prevent cancerous cells forming
- An excellent food for bone health as it's high in Vitamin K and calcium
- It helps reduce allergic reaction and inflammation due to containing kaempferol and omega 3 fatty acids
- An excellent food for heart health as it contains sulforaphane which helps prevent and even reverse damage to blood vessel linings caused by inflammation from sugar and processed foods.
Sold? Well let's get to my favourite broccoli recipe that can be ready as quick as a flash:
Broccoli Bowl - Serves 2
You will need:
1.5 cups of broccoli florets
1 leek finely sliced (or use an onion or even a zucchini!)
1 cup of thinly shredded cabbage (or use kale)
1/4 cup of chopped raw almonds (or use cashews)
3 - 4 tblspns of coconut oil
1/2 - 1 cup of shredded roast chicken (or any leftover meat)
3 - 4 tblspns of coconut aminos (can use 1 - 2 tblspns of tamari)
a sprinkle of seeds (sesame and pepitas are my faves)
What You Do:1. Heat coconut oil in a large frypan (broccoli is very thirsty so use more coconut oil if needed)
2. Add in your leek and saute until soft
3. Add your broccoli florets and cabbage and stir fry until your broccoli is bright green and your cabbage is soft
4. Add your shredded chicken and almonds and stir through for a few minutes
5. Add your coconut aminos and stir for another minute
6. Take off the heat and pop into a bowl and sprinkle with some pepitas and sesame seeds.
7. Dig in!
**Optional Extras - Add a half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with the leek at the beginning and it's also nice with some fresh ginger grated in as well! To beef it up a little try adding some Kelp noodles! Top with some sauerkraut or avocado. I get my coconut aminos and kelp noodles through Organics on a Budget
Give it a go and take a pic for me and tag me on instagram with @_naughty_naturopath_mum if you do so I can look at some broccoli bowls not cooked by me for a change! 😉
Yours in Health,