Simple Steamed Broccoli + Lemon and Parmesan Cheese is an healthy and easy side dish to add to any weeknight meal!
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I don’t know about you guys, but I am always scratching my head wondering what kind of vegetable I am going to serve with dinner. I mean, there are only so many veggies in the world, and there are only so many ways to serve them! Especially when we are talking about the dreaded “weeknight dinner” …. dun dun dunnn. Having a vegetable with our meal during the week is a must in our house, but when you have very specific parameters within which to work (i.e. fast, easy, kids will eat…) your options start to dwindle. Fast.
Enter Simple Steamed Broccoli + Lemon and Parmesan Cheese. It is fast (maybe 10 minutes to make), it was easy (hello – there are 6 ingredients) and both my kids ate it (I swear, I caught my husband snacking on it …. broccoli. You can’t make that stuff up).
The inspiration for this dish – the other night I tried some frozen broccoli. Now, I am not so high up on my culinary horse that I don’t rely on a good ole bag of frozen veggies every once in a while. Believe me, they work their way into our weekly meal plan ….. well, every week (especially in the winter). Buuuuut, I am officially not a fan of frozen broccoli. Nope. There is something about it…. the little leaves start falling off and everything tastes both grainy and mushy all at the same time. I know frozen broccoli is quicker and simpler than even a recipe for “simple” steamed broccoli, but hot damn fresh broccoli is so much better! Try a comparison for yourself. Hell, do a blind taste test – fresh will win every time.
Steaming your vegetables is simply a great tool to have in your culinary arsenal – it is an easy way to cook vegetables that doesn’t deprive them of a lot of their nutritional value and it is fairly easy to avoid the “mushy vegetable” – which, lets be honest, no one likes. To steam your broccoli, you can use a Steamer in one of your larger pots. Or, you can honestly just throw your cut up broccoli into a normal saucepan, toss in enough water to cover the bottom about a half inch or more and then bring it to a boil. Stir your broccoli once or twice, but after about 5 minutes, your broccoli will turn bright green and be ready to go. You then add your lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper – boom. Rockstar side dish.
And hey, if broccoli is on sale or you are just really good at over-estimating how much food you will need (totally me) you can always use your extra broccoli to make yummy Broccoli Cheese Soup 🙂
I hope you guys find this one helpful during the week – let me know how it turns out!
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- 2 broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized sections
- 1½ Teaspoon kosher salt
- zest of one lemon
- juice of ½ lemon
- ¼ Teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1½ Tablespoon olive oil
- ⅓ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
- Option 1: Steam broccoli using vegetable steamer on high for 5 minutes.
- Option 2: If you don't have a vegetable steamer, simply place broccoli in medium saucepan along with enough water to cover the bottom of the pan by ½ inch. Cover and boil for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice.
- Once broccoli is steamed, drain liquid and keep broccoli in the pot.
- Add olive oil and toss/stir broccoli.
- Then add remaining ingredients and stir well.
- Serve immediately.