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7 Broccoli Recipes That Prove It's Way More Than a Boring Side Dish

Whether broccoli is your favorite veggie or the one you still avoid, there’s no denying it’s usually an afterthought in most recipes. Sure, steaming or boiling it is easy and doesn’t taste bad, but there’s so much more you can do with the green veg—add it to casseroles, make it into a salad, or DIY your favorite Chinese take-out dish, for starters. We promise, even the veggie-haters will be convinced with these recipes. And JSYK, broccoli is loaded with Vitamin C and folate, known to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.


Creamy Almond Broccoli Salad Recipe

Most creamy salads are loaded with mayo, but this clean version opts for an almond butter, miso, and orange juice dressing that gives it a tangy kick. Toss the ingredients together, drizzle with sauce, and you’ve got a side dish/BBQ contribution/veggie lunch ready to go.


Crispy Broccoli Parmesan Fritters Recipe

Think broccoli tots—but bigger. These latke-like fritters only require a food processor and a frying pan, and can be ready in half an hour. Top ’em with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream, plus maybe a little salsa.


Vegan Bang Bang Broccoli Recipe

This vegan broccoli dish is as tasty as it is colorful. Chili paste and hot sauce give it a kick, and you probably already have most of the other ingredients in your pantry—score!


Cheesy Cauliflower Broccoli Bake Recipe

This cheesy, veggie-filled dish is the ultimate healthyish casserole. It’s lighter than the usual ‘role thanks to low-fat cheese, fat-free (or coconut) milk, and olive oil; paprika and Dijon kick things up a notch flavor wise.


Lemon Garlic Magic Broccoli Recipe

Anything dubbed “magic broccoli” is worth a try. This recipe requires only a tiny bit more effort than your usual roasting-on-a-pan, but the extra time makes such a difference. Add garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and Parmesan to broccoli and pop ’em in the oven for 25 minutes. It’s a game-changer.


Szechuan Shrimp and Broccoli Recipe

Peace out, takeout, we’ve got this covered. This spicy shrimp and broccoli dish will rival any Chinese delivery, and is simple to make. If you like things extra spicy, add a bit more Sriracha or red pepper flakes.


Ginger Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry Recipe

A stir-fry is our favorite low-key weeknight meal, and this one is no exception. Garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and a touch of brown sugar go a long way in transforming chicken and broccoli into a stellar dish.

Updated: May 18, 2017 — 7:32 pm

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