Did anyone decide to eat healthier this year? I didn’t make any New Year’s Resolutions this year, but I have been putting a larger focus on eating enough fruits and vegetables. My goal is just to eat 5 servings a day and I’m not putting any pressure on myself to make them all super cool or have no repeats in a certain amount of time. If that means I will eat the same banana oatmeal every day and the same smoothie every afternoon then so be it. I’m sure I’ll branch out with time. The idea is just to get those fruits and veggies in!
Broccoli is one of the vegetables I do love to eat. It was the only vegetable my parents could reliably get my sister and I to eat when we were kids. My Dad would often prepare some broccoli similar to what I’m sharing today and we all loved it. Every time we would all say “this broccoli is particularly good tonight”. Every time. Eventually it was an inside joke and we still just kept saying it.
Truth be told, this broccoli is particularly good! It’s flavored enough to make things interesting but simple enough to maintain the flavor of the broccoli. If you’ve steamed vegetables much before then you know the cooking process. Here are some photos to help you along if you’re new to steaming vegetables! (And if you are new to eating and steaming vegetables congratulations on deciding to eat more healthy foods! Keep up the good work!)
First, cut the broccoli into florets. Leave the stems as long or as short as you want.
Next, prepare the steamer. Fill a large saucepan with an inch or two of water and then put the steamer in the pan.
Put the broccoli florets in the steamer basket and then put a couple of bay leaves on top of the broccoli.
Cover the pan and heat the pan to boiling over high heat. Listen for the water under the steamer to boil (since you won’t be able to see it boiling) – it won’t take long, since there is only a little bit of water in the pan. Once you hear the water boiling turn the heat down to low. Let the broccoli simmer for 5-10 minutes, depending on how hard/soft you want it to be. Use a fork to test the tenderness. When the broccoli is done take the lid off. Be careful; there will be a lot of steam!
Carefully remove the broccoli from the steamer and the pan (they will be hot!) and put in a bowl. Stir in some olive oil and coarse salt and serve!
Simple & Tasty Steamed Broccoli
- Broccoli heads or crowns
- bay leaves (1 large or 2 small)
- olive oil
- coarse salt
- Trim broccoli into florets.
- Fill a medium/large pot with an inch or two of water and place a steamer basket in the pot. Put the broccoli into the steamer basket and add one or two bay leaves on top of the broccoli.
- Cover the pot and heat to boiling over high heat. Once the water is boiling reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until tender (test tenderness with a fork).
- When broccoli is cooked to desired level of tenderness remove it from the steamer and place in a bowl.
- Spray or drizzle the broccoli with olive oil and stir, then sprinkle with coarse salt.