Broccoli

Broccoli, Cucumber & Napa Slaw with Coconut Lemongrass Dressing

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, and seeded, thinly sliced (or julienned)

  • 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage

  • 2 cups broccoli florets, plus stems (trim and quarter florets; peel and cut stems into matchsticks)

  • Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste, optional

DRESSING: 

  • 1 tsp coconut oil

  • 4 green onions, sliced, whites and greens divided (reserve greens for slaw)

  • 1/4 cup finely minced lemongrass

  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

  • 5 tbsp coconut milk

  • 1 tbsp brown rice vinegar

  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

PREPARATION:

  1. Prepare dressing: In a small sauté pan on medium-low, melt oil. Add whites of onion and lemongrass and cook until just softened and fragrant, 1 minute. Add garlic and stir for 1 minute, until fragrant. Let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender. Add remaining dressing ingredients and purée until smooth. Refrigerate while preparing vegetables.

  2. Prepare slaw: To a large bowl, add cucumber, cabbage and broccoli. Pour in dressing and toss to combine. Toss in greens of onions and season with additional salt and pepper (if using).

 

Summertime Pasta Primavera with Basil Cream Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz whole-grain fusilli or gemelli pasta

  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas, halved through center

  • 1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms

  • 1 cup broccoli florets

  • 1 cup sliced radishes

  • 1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes

  • 1/4 cup minced shallots

  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 cup toasted unsalted pine nuts

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

Basil Cream Sauce:

  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped

  • 1 cup fresh basil

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped shallots

  • 3 tbsp plain Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta, cover and return to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes; add edamame and cook for 4 minutes. Add peas, mushrooms broccoli and radishes and cook until vegetables are tender, about 1 more minute. Drain.

  2. Meanwhile, in a blender, purée sauce ingredients until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Return pasta mixture to pot and add tomatoes, shallots and pepper flakes. Stir in sauce, cheese and nuts. Heat on low and cook, stirring occasionally, until just warmed through. To serve, top with basil.

Thai Coconut, Broccoli and Coriander Soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup store-bought green curry paste

  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk

  • 3 cups water

  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper

  • 1 pound broccoli florets, chopped

  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves, plus more to serve

  • 2 cups cilantro leaves

  • 2 scallions, shredded

  • Store-bought crispy shallots or onions, to serve

PREPARATION:

  1. Place the curry paste in a medium saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the coconut milk, water, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli, cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the broccoli is tender. Remove from the heat and add the spinach leaves and half the cilantro.

  2. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth. Divide among serving bowls and top with the extra spinach, remaining cilantro, scallions and shallots.

 

Roasted and Charred Broccoli with Peanuts

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bunch broccoli (about 1 1/2 pounds), ends trimmed, stems peeled

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • Kosher salt

  • freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar

  • 1/4 cup unsalted, roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, plus more

  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced

  • sea salt

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Slice broccoli stems on a diagonal 1/4" thick. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, toss with oil, and season with kosher salt and pepper. Gather up loose pieces of left-behind florets and finely chop. Roast stems until browned around edges, 15-20 minutes. Add vinegar; toss to coat.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a dry medium skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high. Add florets. Season with kosher salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until bright green and lightly charred in spots, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low; add peanuts and sugar. Cook, stirring, until nuts are golden brown. Stir in 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast; season again.

  3. Serve broccoli stems and florets topped with scallions, sea salt, and more yeast.

 

Broccoli-Cheese Soup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 cups whole milk

  • 2 cups half-and-half

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 4 broccoli heads, cut into florets

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, more for garnish

  • Small bread loaves for bowls

PREPARATION:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and stir it around to cook, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Sprinkle the flour on top of the onion and use a whisk to work in the flour. Once it’s combined, cook the onion-flour mixture for 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Add the milk and half-and-half, whisking constantly until combined.

  4. Sprinkle in the salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

  5. Add the broccoli florets and stir them into the soup. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to low, then simmer the soup until it’s thickened and the broccoli is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

  6. Stir in the chicken broth and check the consistency. The soup should be thick, but if it still seems too thick, splash in a little more broth.

  7. Throw in the cheese! Stir it in until it’s melted, taste and adjust the seasonings . . . and get ready to serve it up.

  8. At an angle, cut off the top third of the bread. Remove the “lid.” Tear out chunks of bread, leaving a 1/2-inch rim around the crust. (Save the bread in a plastic storage bag for another use.)

  9. Ladle in the thick, yummy soup and top it with more shredded cheese.

Cooks' Notes:

For a smoother soup, use an immersion blender to puree the soup before adding the cheese.
Substitute pepper Jack cheese for a slightly spicier soup.