Good for you? Of course, and I'll happily munch on a few raw florets or pieces of the crunchy stalk myself, but broccoli is one of those vegetables that seems to need a little help to make it more appetizing for many people. Fortunately, that's really easy to do by roasting it and dressing it with a simple sauce.
Roasting broccoli brings out a lively sweet flavor that you may never know the vegetable had — far more intense than the slightly washed out taste of steamed or broiled broccoli. And roasting it also brings out an attractive vibrant green color and pretty contrasts in the slightly charred tips that make broccoli an even more appealing vegetable to put on the plate.
A plate of roasted broccoli may be quite appealing as it is, as far as I'm concerned, but after having gone through the only very slight trouble of roasting it I like to enhance it with a drizzle of a fresh and equally trouble-free sauce, like this easy-to-make, no-cook and big flavor Asian-style made with miso, tahini and tamari sauce and spiked with fresh ginger and a little cayenne for a bit of a kick. So simple and nourishing besides, you can put the sauce together while the broccoli is roasting for a delicious and healthy plate that takes no more than 30 minutes from start to finish. I served this with pan-fried teriyaki mushrooms and cashews for a lovely and simple light dinner.
You'll also have plenty of sauce if you're relatively sparing — enough to roast a second broccoli head or a head of cauliflower to go with it later in the week, as the sauce will keep for a week refrigerated in a tightly sealed container.
|Roasted Broccoli with Miso-Tahini-Tamari Sauce|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on October 23, 2013
Quick, easy and attractive, roasted broccoli is dressed with a nourishing and tasty Asian-style miso and tahini dressing for a great light meal
Other broccoli recipes you will enjoy:
Brown Rice and Blue Cheese Gratin with Cauliflower and Broccoli
Curry-Laced Potato, Carrot and Broccoli Soup
On the top of the reading stack: The Southern Vegetarian Cookbook by Justin Burks and Amy Lawrence
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