Congratulations, you are a vegetarian or you simply love Vegetables.
Vegetables are good for you.
Yes, you made an excellent choice in purchasing a bunch of Broccoli.
Did you know that Broccoli contains a considerable amount of nutrients such as Iron, Calcium, Fibre, Vitamin A, C and almost all the letters up to Z?
Broccoli may be eaten raw(i.e. as is), boiled or steamed.
Simply wash with cool running water. Then break the branches off the thick stalk into small pieces.
Arrange on a plate and use your favourite Salad Dressing as a dip.
Kraft has an assortment of dressings. However, should you wish to be a bit more fancy, you may use the following Dips which are included in our Recipe Section: Taramosalata (a Greek dip), Hummos Tahina (an Arabian Aperitif), or some Olive Spread.
There are many other Dips at your favourite or local grocery store, including, one of my favourites, Tzatziki (a Greek spread made from cucumber and garlic).
Be aware that the Dips contain additional calories.
By the time you finish eating your Broccoli, in addition to having eaten a nutritious vegetable, you will find that you are suddenly multicultural and that you can speak many languages, including the language of your stomach that tells you in universal language.
I hope you figure this out!
Broccoli may also be steamed or boiled. It is very easy.
BROCCOLI, BOILED OR STEAMED
Cut the Broccoli into small pieces. Place a small amount of water in a pot and boil for a few minutes.
Excess boiling diminishes the nutrients.
Drain off water. Serve on a plate in small pieces.
You may add a bit of Salt and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and should you love the taste of lemon, you may add a few drops of fresh lemon or a couple drops of Mr. Goudas Lemon Juice or Lemon Seasoning over the Broccoli.
By the way, I wrote a book about Olives and Olive Oil called, The Olive Tree, which is posted on the mrgoudasbooks.com website.
Within this book, I reveal information that will be very beneficial to you in determining the difference in the terms Extra Virgin, Virgin, Pure and Pomace which are used to describe Olive Oil.
Should you study this book, you will realize that the Mr. Goudas Brand of Olive Oils, including Kissamos, Joe Vilero and Reineris are without question, the best Olive Oils in the world.
They are all grown, processed and packed in Greece.
When I suggest that you use a bit of Olive Oil, I mean a small amount.
Do not use too much because, by nature, MR. BROCCOLI NEVER LEARNED HOW TO SWIM!
Since we are on the topic of swimming, if you want to have a very good laugh, read another one of my books titled, GO GOUDAS GO! It is an unbelievably hilarious comedy.
I suggest that you should not eat raw Broccoli while reading this comedy because you may choke from laughing.
Let us get serious!
My assistant in cooking surprised me with another method of cooking Broccoli, called:
Break Broccoli into pieces.
Soak Broccoli in cool water for 5 minutes.
Add a pinch of salt. Drain off water and wash a couple times.
Blanche in boiling water for a minute or two.
This enhances the green colour of the broccoli.
(Blanching means placing food items in boiling water for a very short time.)
Place a small amount of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a frying pan and fry Broccoli for a few minutes.
Add 2 chopped cloves of Garlic in the last few seconds of cooking to give some flavour.
Add Salt and Black Pepper to taste.
This may be served hot or cold.
Below are some pictures of the ways Broccoli can be prepared.
Spyros Peter Goudas