I always liked cooking with broccoli, steamed, raw or pureed into a soup. Broccoli is very healthy and I love its subtle sweet flavor. This time I wanted to mix it up and roast it in the oven which keeps the broccoli crisp and tender. This makes for a great alternative to the old steamed broccoli. Actually, this was the first time I’ve ever made roasted broccoli and it became an instant hit, even for my husband!
The broccoli has a hint of maple syrup sweetness which caramelizes the florets wonderfully. You can also substitute the maple syrup with honey or agave syrup. I added chopped garlic, lemon juice and a pinch of chili for a little kick. For a nice weekend meal, serve with crispy salmon or herb pork chops.
Roasted Broccoli Recipe
1 pound broccoli florets and stems
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon maple syrup (honey or agave syrup would also work)
1 pinch of chili powder or cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 pinch of salt, or to taste
1 pinch of pepper, or to taste
Preheat oven at 375° F. In a bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, honey, chili powder, salt, pepper and garlic until well combined. Add the broccoli and toss until evenly coated. Spread broccoli out onto an baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until broccoli is brown on top.
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
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