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Recipe: Crispy Broccoli Bits

Published April 12, 2013 8:16 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Today I am posting a recipe that a friend recently shared with me. It is easy, healthy and delicious! The main ingredient is broccoli, "the most nutritious of all its cabbage family members" according to the Whole Living website. 

According to the "Home of the Home Cook" website, the word "broccoli" comes from the Italian word 'Brocco' meaning arm branch and is a relative of cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. It is said to contain as much calcium, gram for gram, as milk.

Broccoli is in season during the months of October to April (perfect for now!). When choosing fresh broccoli, "look for a strong color, tight buds and healthy leaves on the stalk. The stems should be a lighter green than the buds and easy to pierce with a fingernail. Avoid stalks with yellowed or open bud clusters and stems that are hard and dry". Broccoli can remain "Unwashed in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in a plastic bag".

And don't forget, "The stalks are edible and contain many nutrients!"


Recipe: Crispy Broccoli Bits

You will need:

4 Cups of Fresh Broccoli florets

2 tablespoons of bread crumbs




Olive oil

Powered Garlic

1 tablespoon (or more!) of Parmesan Cheese

Recipe Steps:

1. Steam the fresh broccoli for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until the broccoli has softened a bit but is still crunchy.

2. Lay out the broccoli to dry on a paper towel for about 10 minutes and pat it dry.

3. Once the broccoli is just slightly damp, place in a mixing bowl. Pour in bread crumbs and stir until broccoli is evenly coated.

4. Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder on top and stir again.

5. Melt butter in a pan and add olive oil. Pour in your broccoli mixture and cook on medium to high heat for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

6. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese for the last two minutes or so and stir so that the broccoli is evenly coated. Turn up the heat at the end to brown the tips and bring out the flavors of the butter, garlic and cheese.

7. Serve as a side dish and enjoy!


This is a delicious dish that even picky eaters who normally do not like broccoli will enjoy!

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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