How To Make Broccoli and Cauliflower Super Tasty

Here are two recipes for vegetable side dishes that you can make as part of an evening meal – one broccoli, and one cauliflower. They are really delicious, as well as being super healthy. If you think broccoli and cauliflower are boring (or if you think you don’t like them at all) please give these recipes a try.  They work great served together as accompaniments to pretty much any simply prepared fish, meat, or chicken.

If you make these dishes, you’ll find them so tasty that you genuinely won’t miss potatoes, rice, pasta or other carbs.  That makes them fantastic options for weight loss or as part of a healthy lifestyle. They’re simple to make – the only thing you have to do is watch is your timings. The cauliflower takes 40 minutes in total, and the broccoli takes 7 minutes. These dishes are good enough to make for friends if you’re doing some casual entertaining. They’re not fine dining, but they are higher quality vegetable side dishes than you’ll find in 90% of restaurants.

Ingredients (per person)

  • For the broccoli dish
    • Broccoli (I used a purple sprouting variety here, you can use any type)
    • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • For the cauliflower dish
    • Cauliflower cut into florets
    • 2 teaspoons of light olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

For the broccoli, place in a bowl, and sprinkle of the chopped garlic. Steam for 7 minutes (note that this timing is for a sprouting variety of broccoli with thin stems; you’ll need to steam for upt to 15 minutes if you’re using a variety with thick stalks).  Obviously, you will put the broccoli on to steam 7 minutes before you’re ready to serve.  Season with salt and pepper.

For the cauliflower, place the florets in a bowl steam for 15 minutes.  Then, remove from the steamer, and toss in the olive oil on a roasting tray. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika.  Roast in an oven for 25 minutes at 430F (220 C), turning once during cooking to make sure the florets roast on all sides.  Total cooking time for the cauliflower is 40 minutes, so you’ll need to work out your timings for whatever you’re serving with it accordingly.

This recipe is copyright 2012 Healthstyle Hacks. All Rights Reserved.

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