Up your weeknight cooking game with great taste, zero waste Broccolini®
June 23, 2021
It's no wonder Broccolini® has become known as a special occasion veggie, with its good looks and delicious flavour making it the star of many a dinner party and festive or fancy meal.
But this bodacious brassica is fast becoming famous for more than its surface appeal. Great tasting and easy to prepare, it’s an exceptional choice for your everyday cooking. And we’re here to show you how!
Broccolini® pairs well with so many other ingredients in a wide variety of recipe styles - from dairy to meat-based to vegetarian. It can be incorporated into every meal, from breakfast to dinner. With its pretty florets and elegant, tender stalks it can also be enjoyed as a pre-dinner finger food snack (with a delicious dip) or as a standalone side dish. The edible stems allow you to eat it from “top to tail” – a definite bonus for the time-poor and waste-conscious cook!
It’s so easy to make Perfection Fresh Broccolini® part of your everyday cooking with these easy and delicious recipe ideas.
ADD BROCCOLINI® TO PASTA, NOODLES OR RICE DISHES
You can give almost any pasta dish a healthy boost by adding Broccolini®. But simple is often best! For the ultimate people-pleasing meal, cook up a pot of your favourite variety of pasta (an Italian favourite for this dish is “Orecchiette”) and add steamed Broccolini® and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Finish with breadcrumbs, shaved parmesan, sea salt and cracked pepper. Add a squeeze of lemon for an additional citrusy touch.
Cook up a batch of Soba, Udon or Ramen noodles and top with baked salmon and steamed Broccolini®. Add some miso paste, a sprinkling of sesame seeds, chopped spring onions and chilli flakes for a simple and delicious weeknight dinner.
A steaming rice bowl with pan-fried beef strips, Broccolini®, capsicum and oyster sauce makes a delicious winter warmer that will have them asking for more.
Fancy a healthy homemade “Pizza “Primavera”? Grab a good quality packaged pizza base or flatbread, add a spread of tomato salsa and three or four types of chopped veggies (Broccolini®, capsicum, mushrooms and artichoke pieces). Sprinkle it with pine nuts and mozzarella cheese and pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Pizza presto!
Or chill in front of the TV with “broc-burgers” all around. Add bite-sized pieces of Broccolini® to a brioche bun topped with a beef patty, some pan-fried mushrooms and onions, melted cheddar or gruyere cheese and mayo or a tangy tomato sauce. Added bacon optional!
Why reserve your Broccolini® for lunch and dinner? It adds colour and variety – not to mention a flavour and nutrition boost – to your breakfast or brunch served alongside eggs, bacon, mushrooms, avocado and haloumi.
For main meals, Broccolini® and eggs also make perfect partners in frittatas, omelettes and quiches.
When winter chill sets in there’s nothing like a satisfying soup to put a smile on their faces. Add Broccolini® to your favourite recipe for an instant burst of colour, flavour and goodness. Need some inspo? Toss a bunch of Broccolini® into this basic Minestrone for a hearty soup that all the family will love.
It’s so easy to whip up a satisfying, healthy Broccolini®-based salad or side. Triple (or quadruple) the green goodness by mixing Broccolini® with a bunch of other veggies of a similar hue. Try it with asparagus, spinach, edamame and avocado topped with a simple vinaigrette dressing. Love a great Buddha Bowl? Get all your greens in one place with this simple recipe.
Broccolini® and grains are a match made in heaven. Toss it together with couscous, pearl barley and quinoa for a super-salad combo. Add some beetroot, roasted sweet potato, crumbled feta and a handful of pumpkin and sunflower seeds for the win.
make perfection fresh broccolini® part of your weekly meal repertoire
So if you thought Broccolini® was just for special occasions, think again! With Broccolini® at the forefront of home cooking repertoires, this delicious veggie is quickly becoming a firm family favourite.
Toss some in your trolley next time you shop and give Broccolini® a place at the table.
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