A lot of my friends are taken by surprise that A loves his Broccoli. I always get asked, what did you do to get him to eat Broccoli. Infact A loves Broccoli so much, that there are days he will tell me that he wants to eat Broccoli. Well long before he started eating Broccoli, I would play several games with him to introduce vegetables to him.
- Point and tell veggies in a book.
- Identify veggies in the grocery store.
- Food Alphabets.
- Draw fruits and veggies on and scribble pad.
- Before we went grocery shopping, I would ask him what fruits or veggies he would like to buy.
- These days while at the grocery store, I ask him to be my assistant and help me keep the groceries in the cart.
He is 2.5 years old, although a texture freak, he is pretty good at eating most of his veggies. I guess what worked with him was the fact that I introduced the ideas of different fruits & veggies and created excitement for him, much before he started consuming these foods. When time came to serve Broccoli to him, I first tried introducing it to him a cooked version of florets.He was super excited, as to him it looked like a green tree. He absolutely loved all of his ‘green tree’ florets. Now that he loves Broccoli so much, I like to experiment with giving him different variations. Nutritionists say that if vegetables are served in different ways, it brings out different flavors and textures and the kids would try these veggies, that they might have never wanted to eat before. Although, personally I am not a big fan of hiding veggies, sometimes one has to do it only for the sake of variety.
So this week, since we are going super healthy with a Broccoli week. Today’s variation is garlic roasted broccoli. If you have never had this before, trust me, you will love it too . It is savory with a tinge of tangy with a crisp texture. For all you know, it might become your favorite snack, like mine.
Did you know
- Although pretty low in calorie, it is a great source of Vitamins K, A & C in addition to fiber, potassium , folate and lutein.
- For people faced with the need to rebuild vitamin D stores through vitamin D supplements, broccoli may be an ideal food to include in the diet.
- Broccoli has a strong, positive impact on our body’s detoxification system
- 1 broccoli head
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- garlic salt to taste.
- lemon juice to taste (optional)
- crushed black pepper to taste (optional)
- Thoroughly wash the florets and spread them on a paper towel to dry.
- Add the broccoli to a bowl and drizzle the oil. Sprinkle the garlic salt and black pepper powder.
- Mix thoroughly, making sure the florets are well coated.
- Spread evenly on baking sheet and bake in the oven at 450 F for approx 15-20 minutes until the Broccoli is tender. If it is slightly charred, it s appropriately cooked.
- If you want to make the Broccoli more flavorful, drizzle a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice. I had run out of lemons, so I used lime juice.
In our household we eat this as our evening snack or sometimes even with our meals.