You can’t go wrong with broccoli. It’s green and good for you filled with vitamins, fiber and other important nutrients. Even though it’s only 50 calories per cup, there are nearly 5 grams of protein in there!
However, soggy, over-steamed broccoli is not a friend of mine; my kids run away screaming, too. But oven-roasted broccoli is another thing, the family fights over it . . . and my Bacon Asiago Roasted Broccoli takes this goodness to a whole ‘nutha level. Read on and get the recipe. You’ve probably made or heard of “crack broccoli,” it’s been all the rage on Pinterest for years. It’s so simple, it seems silly to share the recipe, basically it’s fresh broccoli florets, drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and a tiny, tiny sprinkle of sugar to encourage caramalization while roasting. When kids beg for this, you know it’s a winner.
However, to dress up this recipe for company one night, I decided to toss my roasted “crack” broccoli with fresh grated asiago cheese and pile up in an au gratin dish and top with crispy bacon crumbles. I just stuck this under the broiler until everything melting and glistening, and served alongside salmon. Not a speck of green left in sight at the end of that meal.
If you’re worried adding cheese and bacon to broccoli seems will be the end of your dietary undoing, don’t fret. The cheese is bold enough that not much is needed . . .and bacon crumbles, are so tiny they don’t count – haha! But, seriously, you do need a bit of fat in your diet. It’s all about balance.
This isn’t “sponsored” or anything, but I really like these Uncured Bacon Bits in Hickory flavor from Epic and that’s what I’ve used in my recipe.
So, what is your favorite way to eat broccoli? Did you like it as a kid? How do you get your kids to eat veggies they don’t like? Please share in the comments – XOXO, Jennifer