Broccoli isn’t trendy like kale or cauliflower and it can’t be zoodled like zucchini. You can steam it or eat it raw, of course, but that’s kind of boring. And kids hate it almost as much as Brussells sprouts. But—hold up. The humble little green tree is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, which means you should seriously consider adding a few broccoli recipes to your repertoire.
“Just one cup of broccoli is an excellent source of folate, vitamins A, C, and K, a good source of riboflavin, vitamins B6 and E, and also delivers some iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium,” says owner of Whole Green Wellness Taylor Wolfram, RDN. Studies suggest that broccoli’s nutritional makeup helps with hormonal balance, keeps your immune system strong, reduces the risk of breast cancer, and reduces inflammation. You hear that, bok choy? Broccoli is no fool.
So, yeah—it’s not as sexy as celery, but #BringBackBroccoli! Here are five broccoli recipes that taste so good you won’t believe they’re good for you.
Healthy and delicious broccoli recipes
Did you know that you can rice broccoli? (Just like cauliflower!) In this recipe, the mighty green veggie is the star of a dish featuring grilled tofu, carrots, cabbage, and cashews.
Any fan of popcorn chicken will be able to get down with these broccoli bites. They’re crispy, crunchy, and much healthier than the real deal.
Um, hello, new favorite appetizer. There are no potatoes in sight with these tots. Instead, broccoli is coated in panko breadcrumbs for a tasty treat.
Who says hummus needs to be made out of chickpeas? (Okay, okay, the dictionary…but whatever.) This twist uses broccoli florets for a creamy, savory dip.
Unlike the traditional dish, which is full of super-processed ingredients, this vegan version of the classic is loaded with broccoli and has a creamy base made from other vegetables.
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