Arrange broccoli in a steamer. Steam, covered, 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Place broccoli in a large bowl.
Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and garlic; cook 2 minutes or until garlic is fragrant. Add oil mixture, rind, juice, and salt to broccoli; toss to coat. Sprinkle broccoli mixture with cheese.
Spicy Chile and Garlic variation: Prepare base recipe through step Heat a skillet over medium-high. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper, and 4 sliced garlic cloves; cook 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Pour over broccoli. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Serves 6 Calories 61; Fat 8g (sat 7g); Sodium 96mg
Dijon, Thyme, and Pine Nut variation: Prepare base recipe through step Combine 1 tablespoon minced shallots, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, and 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme in a bowl; stir with a whisk. Add broccoli and 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts to oil mixture; toss. Serves 6 Calories 79; Fat 6g (sat 8g); Sodium 76mg
Cheddar-Beer Sauce variation: Whisk 1/4 cup beer and 1 1/2 tablespoons flour in a bowl. Combine 3/4 cup fat-free milk and 1/4 cup beer in a pan; bring to a simmer. Stir in flour mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes. Add 3/4 cup reduced-fat cheddar, 1 tablespoon chives, 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Serves 6 Calories 79; Fat 3g (sat 8g); Sodium 227mg
Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which with the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Broccoli also contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.
Our family is not keen on broccoli, but we periodically receive it in our CSA box--hence the need to cook it up and eat it! My family loved the way this broccoli turned out. Not a floret was left. Based on others' reviews, we added more flavor by doubling the lemon zest and garlic. Also, we chose to slice our garlic instead of mincing it. It is less likely to burn when sautéing it in the olive oil. We shredded the Parmesan cheese instead of shaving it--just easier for us.
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