Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Roasted broccoli is good!

I used to dislike broccoli. I didn't hate it, but I certainly didn't go out of my way to eat it. I recently discovered how awesome roasted veggies are, and ever since this discovery I've liked broccoli. This recipe just kicks it up to another level of awesome, and it is a wonderful healthy side to pair with any meal. I served this with the mac and cheese recipe posted earlier this week, and it went really well together.

Best Ever Roasted Broccoli
from Iowa Girl Eats


2 heads broccoli, cut into large florets

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

5 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced

salt & pepper

1 teaspoon lemon zest

squeeze of fresh lemon juice

parmesan cheese to taste

5-6 leaves fresh basil, sliced


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lay broccoli and garlic slices out on a large cookie sheet and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper. Toss to coat and roast for 15-18 minutes, or until garlic and tips of broccoli are golden brown (don’t over-cook as garlic will taste bad if burnt.)

2. After removing the pan out of the oven, sprinkle on lemon zest, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese and basil.

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