Broccolini! What a fun word to say. While at the grocery store after my 4 year old’s ballet class, I was not feeling inspired about what to cook for dinner. I asked her what vegetable she wanted and she said broccolini. Well, it must be fun for 4yr olds to say too (why else would a 4yr old ask for it!). So, I ended up building the menu around this easy to prepare vegetable.
Broccolini is a really yummy veggie. It’s nice to add some variety to your typical rotation of easy, fresh green vegetable recipes. If you have not ever had it, it is similar to broccoli and maybe a touch like asparagus. I find it very mild compared to the flavor of broccoli, so if you don’t like broccoli very much, give this a try. The entire thing is edible and good so no need cut off the stalks.
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 5min; Cook Time – 10 min
2 bunches of broccolini
2 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
Dash of salt and pepper
How to prepare easy sautéed broccolini:
Wash the broccolini and pull off any of the broad leaves around the bottom. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high and add the garlic. Add the broccolini and toss to coat. Toss it around every couple of minutes until it turns bright green and becomes a bit tender. I like mine a bit on the crunchy side which is probably about 7 minutes. Figure out how you like it and cook that long. It should not take more than 10-12 minutes.
When ready, plate the broccolini. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and squeeze the juice of one lemon on the top. Mmmmm! And super healthy too!
Cook this while your protein rests. Everything comes out perfect then.
Shown here with Tuscan Chicken Thighs and Polenta with Gruyère.