Simple Cooked Broccoli


1 Large bunch of Brocolli

1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

salt to taste

several cloves of garlic, chopped finely

red pepper flakes to taste (optional)

Squeeze of fresh lemon (optional)

  1. Trim the bottoms of the broccoli stalks and discard.  Cut off the main stem of each stalk, peel it to beneath the fibrous layer, and cut flesh into edible chunks.  Separate the head of broccoli into bite-size pieces, and peel a bit of skin from the small stems this makes them more tender.
  2. Wash the Broccoli in cold water, drain it and place it in a pot with ¼ cup cold water, olive oil, salt  and garlic.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover tightly and let steam until broccoli is bright green and very crunchy-tender, no more than 5 minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon.

Can use the remaining liquid to cooked pasta for extra vitamins and nutrients!


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