Want a super-easy side dish that packs an immunity-boosting punch? Turn to broccoli. One of the healthiest veggies out there, it is loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and plant-based iron, all of which help maintain a healthy immune system. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C as well, which promotes the formation of antibodies. It also contains the antioxidant sulphoramane, which attacks free radicals in our bodies that lead to illness. Pair it with your favorite Gustare Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Our 2019 Frantoio from Spain currently offers the highest polyphenol concentration for the greatest anti-oxidant effect. Garlic Olive Oil is always a delicious choice as well. Or try my current favorite, Gustare Sweet Butter Olive Oil, to add a luxurious layer of flavor that makes any veggie taste decadent.
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 20-25 min
1 head broccoli, washed and cut into florets
2 Tbsp. your favorite Gustare Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1830 Sea Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Prepare saucepot with steaming basket and ½ inch-1 inch of water.
- Add broccoli and cover.
- Bring water to boil. Then immediately reduce heat to low. Steam broccoli until crisp-tender, approximately 15 minutes. Drain broccoli and set aside in strainer.
- Add Gustare Extra Virgin Olive Oil to pot. Increase heat to medium-low. Add pressed garlic and sauté 2-3 minutes, to soften but not brown.
- Return broccoli to pot, toss with olive oil and garlic, and cook just to heat through, approximately 1 minute more.
- Season to taste. Enjoy!
Oven-roasting is another super-easy cooking method that provides a ton of additional, effortless flavor. Just toss your broccoli florets in olive oil and seasoning of choice. Roast on a sheet pan for 20-25 minutes in a pre-heated 400 degree oven, and enjoy. Omit the pressed garlic in this method, as it will burn. This is especially delicious with Gustare Sweet Butter Olive Oil. I can eat an entire head of broccoli on my own.