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Olive Oil & Garlic Steamed Broccoli

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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

Serves:  2-3

Vegan, Gluten-Free

 

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  1. Prepare saucepot with steaming basket and ½ inch-1 inch of water.
  2. Add broccoli and cover.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Return broccoli to pot, toss with olive oil and garlic, and cook just to heat through, approximately 1 minute more.
  6. Season to taste. Enjoy!

 Note:

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.