Friday, May 20, 2011

Blackened Broccoli

YESTERDAY'S WORKOUT: (I TOTALLY forgot to post this, opps!)
45 spin class
45 min weights

So far the tendon is feeling okay with spinning, which is great. No running yet, but I will spin my little heart out until then. It just isn't the same when you don't leave the gym all sweaty. I admit, I love a good sweat. 
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I am on a bit of a broccoli kick right now. It's just so delicious AND nutritious!

Let's just review a few of the reasons why we should ALL be chomping down on broccoli!

-It is a great source of FIBER
-Contains lots of vitamin K, potassium, folate and iron
-It is a super low carb veggie... so you just eat up as much of it as you want!
-It contains more vitamin C than an orange
-Has as much calcium as milk
-Contains lots of powerful cancer fighting power

And there is a LOT more! If you are trying to cut down on carbs, a great way to fill up your plate is by piling it high with broccoli.

I know some of us do not particularly LIKE broccoli but maybe that is because you just haven't found a WAY you enjoy it yet. Right!?! Cause why wouldn't you love it???

This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it. SO good!

BLACKENED BROCCOLI

You only need 4 ingredients.

-olive oil
-pepper
-LOTS of garlic
-broccoli


Chop up your broccoli and drizzle it all with olive oil. Add some pepper and a HUGE glob of garlic. Don't be scared, you want it to be ALL over your broccoli when you mix it up. Once you roast this the garlic is SUPER tamed and takes on a really delightful flavor. So don't be shy.



Once you toss it all together, spread it out on a baking sheet and put it in the oven to broil. Broiling times will vary based on how high up you put your sheet. I recommend getting pretty close to the flame. I am impatient, so the quicker the better!



Check it every 5 mins or so. At about the 1/2 way point give everything a good turn to blacken up the other side. Remember, it is supposed to get a little chard in the oven. Don't burn it to a crisp, but those blackened bits are what give it it's tasty popcorn flavor. (At least that is what I think it tastes like, you will have to let me know what you think.)


(Notice how it should shrivel up a little bit from the pre-broiled photo.)


I could probably eat a whole pan of this myself. And really... reviewing those FABULOUS facts about it, next time I just might. 

If your a broccoli hater, give it a try! You might just find out you secretly LOVE it. Ben isn't much of a fan but he said it was "really good" for broccoli. Take that for whatever that is worth. ;)
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What food have you tried as an adult that you used to hate and found out you now love?!?
I never tried brussel sprouts till I was an adult. We just never ate them growing up. I don't know what all the fuss is about... I think they are great!

Were you surprised at some of broccoli's AWESOME qualities???
We stereo-type fruits and veggies thinking... if I want potassium I will HAVE to have a banana. Or if I am not feeling well I better have some OJ for the vitamin C right? You never think to go have some broccoli. And calcium? I need a lot of that in my diet since I can't eat dairy. So good thing I love this!

Random note: Ben just went in the other room and told me he was going to set up his "Battle Station." I am scared. I have no idea what that means.

21 comments:

MrsQ318 said...

Oh this sounds so good! I love broccoli in any form... raw, steamed, stir-fried, anything. It is so tasty!!

I don't think there were any veggies I disliked as a child... I was the weird kid who loved green beans, broccoli, and brussels sprouts. LOL

runs with boxers said...

I am so excited to try this blackened broccoli--I have been planning on starting to roast different veggies to see which I like best, and this is just awesome!
I don't think there is a food I didn't like as a child-and not many that I don't like now! I'm always up for trying something. I guess tapioca pudding would be one but only because of texture.

Julia said...

ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!! LOVE broccoli. My mom makes broccoli like this at home. I do not know why I assume I cannot make the things my mom does...its just better when mom makes them---right? haha! have a good day! good luck with the battle station?

GLAD your tendon is doing okay right now!

SeeAliEatSeeAliRun said...

Broc is my all time favorite food! I roast mine with the exact same ingredients + 1 more-lemon juice. The acidity is seriously so perfect at bringing out the flavor of the vegetables-just a Tb or so.
Mmmm

Briana said...

I love broccoli but lately... I'm all about SPINACH! Can't get enough.

I've always been an adventurous eater so there isn't really much I wouldn't eat as a kid that I eat now. Except cooked raisins. Eeew. Raisins in baked goods should be illegal!!

Not being able to run is SUCH A DRAG! I'm there with you, girl!

Wealth is Health said...

I never used to like spinach, but now I love fresh spinach! I'll even eat canned spinach if it's in a quiche or something.

Running for the Kitchen said...

So glad you commented on my blog, I'm glad it led me to reading yours. I love broccoli too. I find myself going through bunches in a flash. I broil lots of veggies, because it's fast and I like the way it cooks them.

Growing up my mom hated brussel sprouts, so we never had them and I just assumed they were gross. I randomly decided to buy some a few weeks ago and I'm in LOVE.

Missy said...

I love broccoli, I always try to have it for some portion of a meal every day, whether it's on the side or in a casserole or in my salad, yum! Super food to the rescue!

Rachelle Wardle said...

Yum I love broccoli! Thanks for the recipe share. There are so many foods I wouldn't try as a child that I now love!!

Amy said...

I love this recipe and have eaten it pretty much everyday this week. My husband told me last night he was going to plant some since I can't seem to get enough.

Monica said...

I think roasting is the key to all delicious vegetables. I always thought I hated brussel srpouts. A few months ago I tried a recipe that was similar to how you do your broccoli. Since then I have been obsessed. I generally take whatever veggies I can find and mix them together to roast. Garlic is seriously the key.

Amy said...

nice workout! that broccoli looks really good! better than steamed...i love grilled broccoli too it's really good!

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Roasted broccoli is one of my favorites! Hubs and I sometimes make a GIANT batch of this just to snack on!
:)

Lindsey said...

If I don't get a sweat when I work out, I'm not completely satisfied!

I always used to hate tomatoes, but I can eat them now!

lovesweatandbeers said...

I haven't roasted broccoli yet, but given my love for other roast veggies, I should probably try it. I used to hate spinach, broccoli, B. sprouts, and mashed potatoes. All are good in my book now!

Have a good weekend!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

I totally know what you mean about getting a good sweat...I miss it so much!! I LOVE BROCC so much and this post made my mouth water big time!! LOVE YOU!!!

The Hungered One said...

Seriously used to hate fish as a child. Love it now, though!

I used to eat raw broccoli when I was in kindergarten. And raw mushrooms, too. Kids made fun of me. It was mean.

Also, you are totally ripped in that pic. Awesome!

runningonwords said...

I'm supposed to be eating more cruciferous vegetables, so I'll have to give this a try. I don't mind broccoli, but I get sick of it quickly and I won't eat it raw.

[Red Sox] Wife said...

mmmmm i do this recipe all the time!!! love it!!! BROCCOLI IS AMAZING LIKE YOUR REDONKULOUS MUSCLES. Love that pic :) I need to get muscles so i can put up a pic like that on myprofile... jealoussss

fitfeastingfriends said...

mmm i already love broccoli as is but i definitely want to try this way of cooking it too!! looks yummy! =)

danielle

Jessica Havican said...

I am obsessed with using olive oil in whatever I can so I am definitely going to be trying this! Thanks for sharing!

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