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June 25, 2010

Green and Delicious


When I think of green for some reason Kermit the Frog always comes to mind, but this time, I’m talking vegetables.  We all know we need to eat them for a balanced and healthy diet, and most of us probably should be eating more of them (I know I should).  It was my New Year’s resolution after all, and while I haven’t accomplished eating the three to five serving a day of vegetables, this recipe is getting me a bit closer each time I savor it.


While I do enjoy vegetables, I’m always intrigued and more enticed to eat them when they are given a slight punch of flavor.  A few years ago, Ina Garten shared a recipe involving broccoli, garlic and soy sauce.  Warm or cold this salad is a wonderful side dish to a savory steak or mixed together with pasta and other vegetables.

Wednesday night, I simply craved something healthy yet flavorful after my first class of yoga in far too long, so I reached for this recipe and was not disappointed.


Broccoli with Garlic and Soy Sauce
(courtesy of Barefoot Contessa)

Ingredients:
*1 head garlic, peeled (about 16 cloves)
*1 cup good olive oil
*1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
*1 teaspoon kosher salt
*4 stalks broccoli, cut into florets (8 cups of florets)
*2 tablespoons soy sauce

Directions:
1. Put the garlic cloves and oil in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook uncovered over low heat for 10 to fifteen minutes, until the garlic is browned and tender.  Turn off the heat and add the red pepper flakes and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Immediately pour into a heat-proof container to stop the cooking.  Allow to cool to room temperature.

2. For the salad, blanch the broccoli florets in a large pot of boiling salted water for 2 to 3 minutes, until crisp-tender.  Drain well and immerse immediately into a large bowl of ice water until the broccoli is cooled.  This process stops the cooking and sets the bright green color.  Drain well.

3. In a large bowl, toss the broccoli with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup of the oil used to cook the garlic, the soy sauce, and 8 or more cloves of cooked garlic.  Taste for seasonings and serve cold or at room temperature.
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4 Comments:

At June 25, 2010 at 12:46 PM , Blogger Kiki said...

This looks yummy...Broccoli can be so delicious when paired with great items and spicy sauces...

PS. The answer to your last message is yes, I would absolutely love to!!!

XOXOXO
Kiki

 
At June 25, 2010 at 5:50 PM , Blogger Lannie said...

looks lovely! xoxo.

 
At June 25, 2010 at 6:41 PM , Blogger minnja said...

Yummy yummy, It sound tasty.

 
At June 25, 2010 at 8:51 PM , Blogger Sarah Klassen said...

Mmm, all of the sudden I'm hungry again! Delicious and simple—thanks for sharing :)

Have a great weekend,

Sarah

 

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