Broccoli is NOT a cupcake

Why is it that stuff is good for you, stuff that is healthy, low calorie, and weight loss friendly does not taste anywhere near as good as the stuff that is not healthy and good for you?   I mean really—you can have a great big bowl of vegetables or a cupcake—-be honest, you’re gonna have the cupcake.  (And if you are one of those nutjobs people who always make the healthy choice please don’t tell me about it)

Tuesday when I was at the gym Miss America or USA or some equivalent was on TV claiming that baked chicken with mashed cauliflower was so much tastier then fried chicken with mashed potatoes.  The chicken I am willing to discuss but the potatoes?  NO WAY.  I don’t know where this lady is eating potatoes or what was wrong with them but I am 100% certain that no mashed cauliflower will taste better to me. 

So, know me and my love of doughnuts as you do, when I tell you that I made some broccoli that was tasty and definitely worth making again, you can feel pretty confident that it is good.  I would not lead you astray in the veggie arena.  This is a Pinterest find so some of you may have already seen it.  The orginal recipe calls for 4 to 5 pounds (yes, POUNDS) of broccoli.  Well, I am not sure how many people that was for but in my house there are only 2 people who are going to eat a full serving and 1 might get a few florets down so I am pretty confident that 4 to 5 pounds will be waaay more broccoli then we need.  I bought one bag of the precut/prewashed florets.  Pour the broccoli in a bowl, sprinkle olive oil, salt and pepper over the broccoli. Throw in the equivalent of 4 minced/chopped cloves of garlic.  Cover a cookie sheet with foil and then spread the broccoli out on the cookie sheet.  Place in the oven at 425 for 15-20 minutes.  The tips of the broccoli will start to brown when it is done.  Remove from the oven and toss with the zest from one lemon, squeeze the lemon over the broccoli and then sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.  Tasty and crisp—I promise.  If you try it, let me know what you think. 



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