I love, love, love cooked broccoli! Raw? Not so much. Without ranch dressing (or veg dip) it just seems like I am eating a big hunk of bamboo or something equally dry and stalky…PLUS, the gas aftermath is just brutal! Who is with me on that?!?! If it wasn’t for all of those stinkin nutrients I would skip it all together! Instead of skippin it, I am going to try to create some recipes to help me ENJOY it.
So my broccoli journey began last night. We had my mother-in-law over for dinner and I made this very simple Asian flavored broccoli dish for my side. My expectations were fairly low, given the simplicity of it, but I was pleasantly surprised! Letting the broccoli marinade in the sauce for some time softens and flavors it just enough to make it quite enjoyable! I had two broccoli lovers at the table, and they both raved over this dish. It was a hit with both lovers and haters -which means I am 1-0!! Whats next on my journey? I don’t know, but I will definitely be putting this one on a fairly regular rotation here at the casa. Now if I could just solve that gas problem…
- 1 head of broccoli, cleaned and cut into pieces (retain as much of the stem as palatable)
- 1 T soy sauce
- 1 T agave nectar
- 1 T vinegar
- 1 1/2 T sesame seeds
- 1/2 T toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 T grapeseed oil (or veg oil)
- dash of hot pepper (optional)
In a medium bowl combine all ingredients except the broccoli and mix well. Add the broccoli, place the air tight lid on the bowl and shake well. If you do not have a lidded bowl, just make sure you are mixing the broccoli in so that it is completely coated with the sauce. Let sit for at least 10-15 minutes (even better if you can go longer) at room temperature before serving. Sprinkle more sesame seeds on as a garnish as desired.