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Whenever I have to spell the word broccoli, I involuntarily sing a song from the widely un-acclaimed, 2003 Eddie Murphy film, Daddy Daycare, that likely no one remembers except for me.
In the scene, Murphy's character, who works at an advertising firm, has hired two grown adults dressed in broccoli and carrot suits to host a focus group for kids. This is all a part of his futile attempt to market a new vegetable-flavored cereal, Veggie-Os, to a very uninterested audience.
"B-R-O-C-C-O-L-I *clap, clap, clap* I am the broccoli, don't know why."
The song is completely absurd, makes no sense, and yet, I sing it every time I write or type the word broccoli. (Someone help me.)
Enough about that, though, let's make some B-R-O-C-C-O-L-I!
First things first, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper to avoid crusty, un-cleanable, melted Parmesan! Toss a pound of broccoli florets in olive oil and arrange them on the pan, making sure not to overcrowd them. Roast for 15 minutes and then remove to toss the broccoli. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and bake for 10 more minutes. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and grate lemon zest over the top. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
What do you think? Does this recipe have you singing the broccoli song?
Regardless, here's one thing I know for sure: You won't have to jump through as many hoops as the dancing vegetables in Daddy Daycare to get your kids to eat this broccoli.
→ Get the Recipe: Parmesan Roasted Broccoli with Balsamic Drizzle from Cookie and Kate