The healthy broccoli recipes that some ate as kids didn’t do justice to the delicious cruciferous vegetables: boiled or steamed until mushy, offensively flavourful, and terribly boring. As adults, we know better than to sleep on the plethora of fantastic broccoli recipes.
Broccoli is affordable and full of nutrients like fiber and vitamin C. It pays to have it in your refrigerator drawer for all of your breakfast, lunch, and dinner needs. While it’s not a meal in itself, combining your vegetables with a variety of protein, complex carbohydrate, and healthy high fat ingredients will ensure that what you eat is always satisfactory. SELF columnist Jessica Jones, MS, RD, Certified Diabetes Educator and Co-Founder of Food Heaven previously told SELF about it. That can mean roasting your broccoli and serving it on soba noodles with a soft-boiled egg, or baking it straight into a cheesy breakfast casserole overnight.
Broccoli is great for meal preparation because it retains its texture and taste over time. This property is used by many of these meals. Even if you don’t have time to prepare meals, know that broccoli doesn’t take very long to cook either and can be added to almost anything, whether it’s a grain bowl or a packet. When in doubt, having a broccoli head on hand is always a great way to make sure there is something green on your plate. These 30 healthy broccoli recipes show the many different ways you can get the most out of this vegetable.
A note on the word healthy here: We know healthy is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that is quite loaded (and sometimes crowded) thanks to the influence of the diet industry on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about healthy foods, we are mostly talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s available to you, and a lot more. We selected these recipes with these basic criteria in mind while attempting to address a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.