Brilliant broccoli

Serves 4-6

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 large head of broccoli

  • a small of knob of unsalted butter

1. Fill a large pan with water, add a tiny pinch of salt and bring to the boil over a high heat.



2. Meanwhile, on a chopping board, cut the florets from the broccoli, then cut or break them into bite-sized pieces.



3. Trim and cut the stalk in half, then finely slice it.



4. Once boiling, use a slotted spoon to carefully lower the broccoli into the water.



5. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender – you should be able to poke the tip of a knife easily into the florets.



6. Drain over the sink into a colander, then leave to steam dry for a minute.



7. Tip back into the pan, then sprinkle with a tiny pinch of salt and pepper.



8. Add the butter and toss to coat, then tip into a serving bowl and serve.



Tip: There are many ways to cook broccoli, but if you want to get the most out of it nutritionally, it's best to boil or steam it for just a few minutes, keeping it green and slightly crunchy. Remember, the stalk is just as good to eat as the florets, so don't waste it – chop it up and cook it too!



Nutritional Information

Brilliant broccoli

A super-simple side dish

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To keep broccoli beautifully green and slightly crunchy it’s best to boil or steam for just a few minutes.
Serves 4-6
20m
Super easy
Method

1. Fill a large pan with water, add a tiny pinch of salt and bring to the boil over a high heat.

2. Meanwhile, on a chopping board, cut the florets from the broccoli, then cut or break them into bite-sized pieces.

3. Trim and cut the stalk in half, then finely slice it.

4. Once boiling, use a slotted spoon to carefully lower the broccoli into the water.

5. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until tender – you should be able to poke the tip of a knife easily into the florets.

6. Drain over the sink into a colander, then leave to steam dry for a minute.

7. Tip back into the pan, then sprinkle with a tiny pinch of salt and pepper.

8. Add the butter and toss to coat, then tip into a serving bowl and serve.

Tip: There are many ways to cook broccoli, but if you want to get the most out of it nutritionally, it's best to boil or steam it for just a few minutes, keeping it green and slightly crunchy. Remember, the stalk is just as good to eat as the florets, so don't waste it – chop it up and cook it too!

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:
  • Calories 45
  • Carbs 3.1g
  • Sugar 1.3g
  • Fat 2.3g
  • Saturates 1.3g
  • Protein 2.1g
Of an adult's reference intake

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