Foods by Color: Broccoli

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Growing up I regularly ate steamed broccoli with a side of mayo for dipping and thought that was completely normal.  At first Rick thought my family’s eating habit was strange but then he gave in and tried it and now he is a mayo–broccoli-dipper himself. Have you ever tried broccoli dipped in mayo? I’m trying to figure out if it is a common food combination or not, but either way it is delicious. I admit that there are numerous ways to enjoy broccoli besides with a side of mayo, like in quiches, soups or pasta.  Scroll down for 14 Delicious Broccoli Recipes.

Health Benefits

Broccoli is a celebrity in the nutritional world, providing us with fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, beta-carotene, vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin.  Broccoli is an excellent source of  anticancer phytochemlicals called isothiocyanates which fight cancer by neutralizing carcinogens of the cancer battle; they reduce the carcinogens poisonous effects and speed up carcinogen removal from the body.  Isothiocyanates have been shown to inhibit tumors induced by chemical carcinogens.  Broccoli also contains indole-3-carbinol, which reduce the risk of breast and cervical cancer.

In Season & Storage

Broccoli is available all year round but is best during it’s peek months October through April.  When picking out broccoli pick heads that are heavy with small buds tightly packed together.  Yellowing signals that the broccoli is starting to go bad.  Store broccoli in the coldest part of your refrigerator in a produce bag where it can last for up to 10 days.

Broccoli Recipe Round-Up14 Delicious Broccoli Recipes .jpg

Broccoli Cheddar QuicheBroccoli & Cheddar Quiche from Love and Olive Oil

Broccoli Spinach Soup with Avocado Toast from Martha StewartBroccoli & Spinach Soup from Whole Living

Cheesy Broccoli Bacon Quiche from Savory SimpleCheesy Broccoli Bacon Quiche from Savory Simple

Bacon and Roasted Broccoli CarbonaraRoasted Broccoli and Bacon Carbonara from Jason and Shawnda

Spaghetti with Broccoli Cream Pesto from SmittenSpaghetti with Broccoli Cream Pesto from Smitten Kitchen

Broccoli Cheese Soup from Dine and DashBroccoli & Cheese Soup from Dine and Dash {Featured in the Fall 2012 Week 6 Meal Plan}

Broccoli Cheddar Soup from Citron LimetteBroccoli & Cheddar Soup from Citron Limette {Featured in the Fall 2013 Week 1 Meal Plan}

Roasted Broccoli Grilled Cheese from Two Peas and their podRoasted Broccoli Grilled Cheese from Tow Peas and Their Pod

Broccoli Parmesan Israeli Cous Cous from Big Girls Small KitchenBroccoli Parmesan Israeli Cous Cous from Big Girls Small Kitchen

Broccoli Garlic FlatbreadBroccoli Garlic Flatbread from Rikki Snyder

Broccoli Pesto Pasta Annie' EatsBroccoli Pesto Pasta from Annie’s Eats

Pistachio Lemon Pesto Broccoli PastaBroccoli and Pistachio Pesto Lemon Pasta from Tasting Table

Cauliflower Broccoli Halloumi FrittersCauliflower Broccoli Halloumi Fritters from Eat Drink Paleo

Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa CasseroleCheesy Broccoli Quinoa Casserole from Jason and Shawnda

 Now go out and eat yourself some broccoli!

{Sources: 150 Healthiesst Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden Photo Source: ExLibrisJournal on Etsy}

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  1. Great round up – lots of good ways to use the broccoli that’s sitting in my fridge. Thanks!

  2. I grew up eating steamed broccoli with a side of mayo. Sometimes we’d season the mayo with soy sauce, too :)

    • Glad I’m not the only one! That sounds like an interesting combination, I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for the tip!

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