A Quick, Easy, Yummy Vegetable Side Dish for even the pickiest eater!
Are you looking for new foods to experiment with or new ways to incorporate them into meals, particularly when it comes to vegetables? Steamed vegetables get boring after awhile, and there is just so much more that can be done to add flavor and really make them pop. I love Broccoli and typically use those beautiful bright green tops (florets), but what about those long stalks?
Use shredded broccoli stalks in this quick, easy, and delicious side dish that even kids will love. Instead of tossing those broccoli stalks, shred them into a Slaw and use in the recipe below or in a raw salad. If you’re in a hurry, Trader Joe’s and Shop Rite sells bagged organic Broccoli Slaw with shredded carrots (nice added color!). The stalks are just as nutritious as the florets and are a very good source of vitamins A and C, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium.
Another idea…instead of a side dish, why not make a meal by adding some protein such as sautéed wild shrimp and freshly grated ginger? Delish! Think of the broccoli slaw as a substitute for pasta. There are so many ways you can be creative with this..have fun and leave a comment if you’ve come up with other great ideas! ~Mona
Sautéed Broccoli Slaw with Garlic, Fresh Basil, and Toasted Pine Nuts
This a delicate, savory, easy to prepare vegetable dish.
Yield: 1 serving
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 1/4 cups Broccoli slaw
1 medium carrot, peeled and shredded
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh basil leaves, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons raw pignolias (pine nuts), toasted
few pinches of sea salt to taste
1. In a small sauté pan, lightly toast raw pine nuts over medium-low heat, tossing occasionally, until they are golden and slightly browned and release a beautiful aroma. Set aside.
2. In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add broccoli slaw, carrot, and salt, stirring until slaw is slightly softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
3. Add minced garlic, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add fresh basil and toasted pine nuts and toss together.
*Note: For those who eat dairy, add 1 tablespoon of shredded pecorina romano cheese
Lightly Toasted Pine Nuts in a Cast Iron Pan