Food Feature Friday: Broccoli

Happy Friday! Today’s post is about a vegetable I’ve always loved: broccoli. Yes, that’s right, I was never one of those kids who had to be told, “Eat your broccoli!” because I did so happily and willingly every time.

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Yet another healthy cruciferous vegetable (the same family as cauliflower), broccoli is high in vitamins K, C, and A, and is a great source of chromium, folate, and fiber. It has many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and benefits your digestion, cardiovascular health, and vision. Broccoli is also a great food to eat while cleansing, as it contains phytonutrients that help the body detox. Better yet, its unique combination of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and detox benefits make it the perfect food to include in your diet for cancer prevention . You can find out more about the health benefits of broccoli here.

Now on to the recipes…

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Healthy Broccoli Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing – GI 365
The perfect combination of sweet, creamy, crunchy, and savory, this salad looks insanely good. I imagine it would be the perfect side for a spring potluck or on its own as a healthy, delicious vegan meal.

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Broccoli Veggie Quiche with Quinoa Crust – Candida Free Candee
This gluten-free, dairy-free recipe (yes, dairy-free… no cheese here!) adapts the tastes of normal breakfast quiche to suit those with special diets. I’ve never tried quinoa crust before, but the idea alone is brilliant.

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Clean Eating Garlic Almond Broccoli – The Gracious Pantry
Garlic is a great love of mine. Combining that sharp taste with the sweetness of the broccoli and the crisp nuttiness of the almonds is probably delectable — and it’s so easy!

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Creamy Broccoli Soup – The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen
To me, broccoli soup is major comfort food. However, most of the time the health benefits of the broccoli seem to be polluted by cheese, cream, or some other kind of dairy. This recipe uses potatoes to achieve that creamy taste instead.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy broccoli?

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