20 Ways to Eat More Broccoli Tonight

20 Ways to Eat More Broccoli Tonight

Sheela Prakash
Nov 2, 2016

Broccoli is an easy choice when you're looking for something green to round out a meal. It's equally great frozen from a bag as it is fresh; it's generally a vegetable everyone can agree upon.

But it's also easy to fall in the same old pattern with broccoli — steamed with a little butter and salt, perhaps? Break free of your broccoli rut. Yes, you should absolutely roast it or shave it into a crunchy salad, but did you know you can make pesto with it too? Here are 20 inspiring ways to bring more broccoli to the table.

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1. Broccoli-Cheddar Crackers

Snack smarter with these veggie-filled crackers that are crispy and extra cheesy. While perfect all on their own, they are also great dipped into hummus.

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2. Sweet & Spicy Broccoli

This recipe is proof that it takes no more than five minutes to make steamed broccoli more interesting. Here it's tossed with a flavorful mix of harissa, golden raisins, and almonds.

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3. Garlicky Roasted Broccoli

Here's a classic broccoli recipe to always have in your back pocket. A little tangy rice vinegar balances out the earthy roasted flavors of this simple side.

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4. Light & Easy Broccoli Salad

This lightened-up version of a classic broccoli slaw dotted with slivered almonds and currants is a nice crunchy side dish to enjoy alongside meat or fish.

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5. Broccoli and Feta Pasta Salad

You can thank briny, salty feta and olives for bringing life to this pasta salad that can be enjoyed cold, warm, or hot.

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6. Tofu and Broccoli Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

If you have yet to get to know bagged broccoli slaw, prepare to fall in love. This grocery store convenience makes for a salad that maintains its crispness for days and is a snap to prepare.

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7. Roasted Broccoli & Cheddar Soup

Roasting the broccoli before adding it to the soup pot makes for a version of this classic soup that has far more depth of flavor than most.

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8. Broccoli & Spaghetti Frittata

This is a recipe that's made for leftovers. Last night's spaghetti and cooked broccoli come together to form a satisfying, brunch-worthy frittata.

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9. Quinoa Bowl with Kimchi, Miso Mushrooms, and Crispy Broccoli

This colorful grain bowl is packed with flavor, thanks to spicy gochujang-spiked broccoli, miso-flavored shiitake mushrooms, and tangy kimchi.

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10. Broccoli & Feta Pesto

When you're finally tired of crunching down on florets, blend steamed broccoli into a creamy pesto with plenty of parsley, garlic, and feta. While wonderful tossed with pasta, it's also great as a sauce for chicken or fish, or even just swiped on crusty bread.

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11. Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

This is serious comfort food — potatoes, cheese, and bacon all loaded into one rich casserole. Luckily, the broccoli florets make it just virtuous enough to call it dinner.

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12. Pork and Broccoli Rice Bowls

This easy take-out inspired dinner comes together faster than the delivery guy can get to your door, thanks to quick-cooking pork loin cutlets.

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13. Weeknight General Tso's Tofu

Pan-frying the tofu before adding the other ingredients keeps the cubes firm and crisp when tossed together with the tender broccoli and sweet, spicy sauce.

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14. Stovetop Tuna Orzo Casserole with Broccoli

This stovetop casserole comes together all in one pot, thanks to quick-cooking orzo and broccoli that stays a little crisp.

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15. Rainbow Pizza

Get the kids involved when assembling this cheesy, veggie-packed pizza that's loaded with every color of the rainbow. Bringing the green is broccoli, of course. It's our favorite way to eat our veggies and have pizza too.

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16. Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

This simple recipes makes four freezable portions that you can pull out and take to work when you need a satisfying packed lunch.

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17. Parmesan Barley Bowl with Roasted Broccoli and a Soft-Boiled Egg

This recipe showcases how incredible frozen broccoli is — it can be roasted just like fresh, resulting in crispy, caramelized florets that are just as tender.

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18. Quick Butternut Squash Curry

This Thai red curry is substantial enough on its own, thanks to the broccoli and squash, but if you want to add a little protein to it, feel free to toss in cubes of tofu or shredded chicken.

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19. One-Skillet Chicken with Garlicky Broccoli and Croutons

Chicken and broccoli are long-time companions. Here they are brought together with toasty croutons that soak up all the flavor of the dish and make it even more of a crowd-pleaser.

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20. Chicken and Broccoli Penne Pasta

The secret ingredient in this dish is definitely cream cheese, which not only creates a creamy sauce for the pasta, but also adds a nice, gentle tang to it. If you roasted broccoli earlier in the week and have some stalks to use up, this is a great place to do it.

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