Better than candy broccoli recipe

Written by on February 28, 2012 in Gluten-Free Food, Recipes - 10 Comments

So, I keep hearing that losing chub is easier if you eat more veggies. Supposedly they are good for you, fill up your ever HONGRAY tummy, and have maybe four calories. Too bad they are gross. Am I right? Yeah. I’m right.


A friend (Hi, Karen!) served a broccoli dish at her house the other night. It made non-broccoli eaters and those who begrudgingly ate it for nutrition believe that broccoli can be outstanding. The next morning I made a beeline to the grocery store and bought all of the ingredients, came home and cooked it, and ate it. I could not wait to have it again. So good and so easy.

Who knew broccoli could be this delicious?

Here is my version of The Amateur Gourmet’s version of The Barefoot Contessa’s Roasted Broccoli.

I Can’t Believe Broccoli is This Good (Recipe Serves 4-6)


  • 2 large bunches of broccoli cut into large florets
  • 5 tbs olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tbs salt
  • 1/2 tbs ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Wash the broccoli, but dry it completely. Extra water will hinder the broccoli from getting crispy
  3. Place the broccoli on a cookie sheet lined with foil
  4. Toss broccoli with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic
  5. Cook for 20-25 minutes until crispy tender and  some florets are browned
  6. Zest a lemon over the broccoli, then squeeze lemon juice over the broccoli
  7. Scatter pine nuts over broccoli


10 Comments on "Better than candy broccoli recipe"

  1. Karen February 28, 2012 at 10:46 am · Reply

    When your children start eating this, then we’ll KNOW it’s good! FYI, in an effort to be “healthy,” I only used 4 TBS of olive oil and 1 tbs salt before roasting; I also only squeezed 1/2 a lemon at the end. Seems like there is a lot you can do to make this your own!

    • Tricia February 28, 2012 at 11:46 am · Reply

      I couldn’t get either of them to eat it. Whatever, more for me!

  2. Jenn February 29, 2012 at 2:18 am · Reply

    This is the broccoli that I was telling you about at your house not too long ago! Glad you liked it as well. I make it all the time now!

    • Tricia February 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm · Reply

      Jenn, I completely forgot about you telling me about it until just now. You are right, it is incredible. Let’s make a bunch and roll around in it. Wait, is that weird?

  3. Kristin February 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm · Reply

    I’m loving the addition of pine nuts!

    • Tricia February 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm · Reply

      Pine nuts are the bomb diggity, Kristin! :)

  4. Leslie March 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm · Reply

    Can’t wait to try this but I am a broccoli lover anyway-raw, cooked-whatever. I’ll eat it.

    • Tricia March 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm · Reply

      You will love it, Leslie. LOVE.

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