What can I put on steamed broccoli to make it less boring?
I'm trying to be good and eat more vegetables, so I'm making some steamed broccoli.
I don't want to make it unhealthy by smothering it in cheese or butter.
But you can only eat so much PLAIN broccoli everyday before it's totally boring.
What can I put on it to make it more tasty that won't be adding on a bunch of calories or salt?
- Paula MLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
I like it steamed with "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray. Five sprays is 0 calories and 0 fat. I also like to add some roasted garlic.
I also enjoy this recipe:
Steamed Broccoli with Hummus
a 19-ounce can chick-peas, rinsed and drained (about 2 cups)
3 tablespoons well-stirred tahini (sesame seed paste)*
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1 teaspoon salt
3 to 6 tablespoons water
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, washed well, spun dry, and minced
1 pound broccoli, tough ends of stems discarded
*available at specialty foods shops and most supermarkets
Preparation in a food processor: purée chick-peas, tahini, lemon juice, oil, and garlic paste and, if a smoother texture is desired, force through a fine sieve into a bowl. Whisk in enough water to reach a pourable but still thick consistency and stir in parsley and salt to taste.
Cut broccoli stems into spears about 5 inches long with flowerets 1 1/2 inches wide. On a steamer rack set over boiling water steam broccoli, covered, until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.
Serve broccoli topped with hummus.
You can also buy hummus that is fairly low in calories/fat.
I also like it topped with some tomato sauce...adds great flavor without alot of added calories and you get another veg in there.
It's also good topped with a balsamic vinaigrette. As long as the vinaigrette is made with healthy oils, you need the healthy fats anyway and it tastes delicious.
You can also make a mock alfredo sauce with Laughing Cow cheese.
This makes 1 serving and I got the recipe from Hungry Girl.
Laughing Cow Alfredo Sauce
1/2 wedge laughing cow cheese
1 tsp Fat Free Sour Cream
1 tbsp parmesan, grated cheese
Partially microwave laughing cow in microwave safe dish. Add sour cream and parmesan and microwave to gooey consistency. Stir into a hot dish (such as noodles, broccoli or cauliflower.)
- janetLv 71 decade ago
Dry spices -- if you have a favorite, obviously choose that one.
On steamed broccoli, you could try rosemary, garlic, thyme, -- not all at the same time, but individually. You could add black pepper or even red pepper flakes for some added spice.
Also, you could toss the broccoli in just a very small amount of olive oil and then add the spices.
Also, have you ever just eaten broccoli raw -- it is a nice crunchy texture and would give you a change from steamed broccoli.
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- AngelLv 61 decade ago
My Fav! Heat olive oil w/ minced garlic, stir into steamed broccoli! Delish & Nutrish! Bon Appetite!
- 1 decade ago
Well, this will sound weird, but I put hoisin sauce (did I spell that right?) and a pinch of salt and pepper. I do add a very small amount of butter, well, land o lakes butter spread.
- 1 decade ago
Sprinkle shredded Parmesan cheese on it... not the kind in the canister but the kind you get in a tub in the cheese aisle or near the fresh pastas and sauces... Parmesan is strong in flavor and somewhat salty so you won't need much and you won't need salt - it's also low in calories
- Robert SLv 71 decade ago
I was going to say Parmesan cheese.
But try Balsamic vinegar or a lo-fat salad dressing.
- 3 years ago
fruit grows on shrub or vines and fruit and vegetables grow in the floor.
- AaronLv 43 years ago
Normally i would just say fruit, but i think both. I really like the sweet taste of the fruits but i love the essence and kick the greens bring