Broccoli isn't my favorite vegetable. I don't think I can eat it every night of the week, like I can with mushrooms, garlic (I have garlic every night almost), spinach or tomatoes (although really a fruit). However, every now and then I get a big craving for Broccoli. I believe that the body has a special way of telling us what nutrients we need. Listening to the body can be tough but I believe I am really in-tune with my body. It rarely tells me it needs ice cream but if it does need something sweet, I have no problem enjoying a small piece of dark chocolate. However, most of the time, my body just wants fruit to cure a sweet craving. As for vegetables, this can be tough because vegetables aren't the most cravable foods. I realize that fruits are probably super easy to crave (especially in the summer) but veggies all year round...not so much. Perhaps my body is in need of some vitamin C and K right now? Well, I listened to my body and I created a fabulously yummy broccoli stir-fry to satisfy my taste buds. On the side you will see some scrambled eggs (for protein) and a little slice of fresh french bread (I think I am over "packaged" bread..except for an occasional sandwich thin or wrap) topped with a little swiss cheese. Talk about a balanced meal for the off-season. YUM! I hope you enjoy my latest creation!!
Broccoli-Stir Fry Veggies: 2 stalks Broccoli, 1 large green pepper, 1 large container sliced mushrooms, 1 small onion, 2-3 cloves garlic, 3-4 roma tomatoes *I am enjoying having leftovers so my recommendations may serve a family of 3 or 4 depending on appetite Spinach Olive oil - 1 tbsp Cheese (optional as a topping) Salsa (optional as a topping) Sides: scrambled eggs and fresh bread w/ cheese
1. On a large non-stick pan, cook chopped garlic in the olive oil. Set on medium heat. 2. While garlic is cooking for a minute or two, steam broccoli on stove (you can do this in the microwave as well, with a little water in a bowl). 3. After garlic starts to turn a little golden brown, add the chopped onion, pepper and sliced mushrooms. Give a toss to coat in olive oil. 4. After 7-8 min (or when veggie begin to get soft and a little brown) add sliced tomato and steamed broccoli. 5. Cover pan and plate spinach in a large shallow bowl. 6. Top with a spoonful of salsa and add a spoonful (large) of the cooked veggies. 7. Top with a little shredded cheese and add your sides (you can choose another protein rather than eggs and another "carb" choice).