The Green You Need: Broccolini

December 07, 2018 | Recipes

With the wide range of vegetables available at grocers, it’s easy to be confused about their differences and how to cook them — especially if they look similar, just like the fresh greens we’re talking about today! In this blog post, we share the benefits and easy recipes you can make with our fresh pick of the month, broccolini. Let’s get cookin’!  

Firstly, despite its appearance, this is not a baby broccoli. The broccolini is a cross between the beloved broccoli and the Chinese broccoli. It’s a rich source of Vitamin C, calcium, fibre, and promotes bone health! It basically has the essential nutrients you need in one stem. Its flavour is sweeter and earthier in comparison to broccoli, and can be eaten raw. But it tastes the best when it’s sautéed, steamed, roasted, and grilled. As it doesn’t need much to complement its flavour, here’s a simple recipe you can try at home:

 

Sauteed Broccolini and Garlic

What You’ll Need:

2 tablespoons of kosher salt
4 bunches of broccolini
3 tablespoons of olive oil
6 minced garlic cloves

How To Make It:

Boil 8 cups of water with the 2 tablespoons of salt for a few minutes, then add the broccolini to the pot once the water is fully boiled. Cook it over high heat until the stalks are tender, then drain it from the pot and set it aside while you prepare for the next step. Heat the 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan, then add in the garlic to cook over low heat for a couple of minutes. Then, add the broccolini and stir until it’s all mixed well and it’s ready to be served!  

If you’re looking for something more comforting and a little cheesier, try a broccolini soup:

Image taken from: https://www.sugarsalted.com/winter-green-soup/

What You’ll Need:

1 clove of garlic
2 sticks of celery
400g of broccolini
350g of Brussels sprouts
½ a bunch of fresh mint
olive oil
1 litre of organic chicken stock
ricotta cheese


How To Make It:

Start by chopping the garlic, celery and broccoli finely. Then, heat oil using a medium pan, add the aforementioned ingredients to soften for 3 minutes before adding in the broccolini and chicken stock. Allow it to cook for another 5 minutes, then add the soup and mint leaves into a food processor. Once it’s done, sprinkle ricotta, the remaining mint leaves and thinly sliced Brussels sprouts onto the soup and it’s ready to serve!

 

And there you have it! Two easy and delicious recipes to try at home. Broccolini is our fresh vegetable of the month, and you can buy a fresh batch along with the other ingredients mentioned in this post all at Village Grocer.

 

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