Easy Roasted Broccoli

It has been an exhausting, fun few weeks. We had company for most of the past month. My in-laws visited for a few weeks, my husband’s friend came to town for a visit, and then my mom visited for a few days. We battled sickness (thankfully before all the guests), visited museums and breweries, romped at parks, and finished tiling our laundry room. I made some of my favorite recipes for our guests, and, to be honest, I’m a little burnt out on cooking. I see this as a beautiful opportunity to embrace one of my 2020 goals for our family: simplify meals.

As a food writer and general food enthusiast, this is a difficult task for me. I love trying new ideas and new recipes. Apparently, I am only able to embrace simplicity when I am worn down and in need of easy meals that I don’t have to think about to crank out.

This roasted broccoli is my all time favorite way to consume broccoli. Say goodbye to sad steamed broccoli and the unforgivable weird cheese sauce covered version. That being said, it is delicious and could not be easier. It gets a deep flavor only roasting can bring, and still retains an al dente bite. I’ve had several dinner guests claim not to like broccoli, and then become broccoli=loving converts by the end of the meal.

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Often, I use my own Cajun spice blend, but you’ll have to wait for that recipe because we are focusing on simplicity this week. As an easy-button substitute, I like Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning.

You may think, “this is way too much oil”, but trust me, it makes all the difference.

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Speaking of simplicity, cooking with toddlers does not usually fall under the umbrella of simple cooking. However, when my 3 year old ran into the kitchen tonight asking to help make dinner, I couldn’t say no. She chopped broccoli, poured on the oil, stirred, and added the garlic powder.  She even helped me make the meatballs. She said the meat mixture felt “weird and interesting” while squishing it into balls. When I slow down, and realize it will not hurt to have dinner on the table 10 minutes later, I have so much more fun sharing this task with her. I would not have had nearly as much fun making 20 meatballs all by myself.  She even cracked an egg, but claimed “that’s not my favorite thing” and asked me to finish opening it.

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Easy Roasted Broccoli

Ingredients

2 broccoli crowns

4 Tablespoons avocado oil

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler on high.
  2. Chop broccoli into small, equal-sized florets. Place on large, rimmed sheet pan.
  3. Add avocado oil and stir to evenly coat. If broccoli still seems dry, add more oil.
  4. Add spices and stir to evenly coat.
  5. Roast broccoli on rack in highest position for 5-10 minutes, until lightly blackened and fragrant.
  6. Serve warm.

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