Broccolini: More than Baby Broccoli

standard March 9, 2015 Leave a response

We love broccolini in our house. And broccoli. Both get equal weight, but there is just something about the petite broccolini stems that lends itself to a little fanciness, a little something special. So I was super excited to see a bag of these slender greens in our CSA box this week. Although it’s tempting to just roast them up, I’ve got a few creative ideas up my sleeve for them this week.

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Nutrition:

A cross between regular and Chinese broccoli, broccolini is slightly sweeter and carries just as many nutritional benefits as its parent vegetables. At around 20 calories per half cup, these slender stalks are full of potassium, fiber, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and yes, even protein.

Benefits:

With just as much calcium as a glass of milk, broccolini is great for bone health. Its vitamin C content and high antioxidant levels help to boost the immune system and prevent disease. Thanks to the fiber, broccolini helps with weight loss and digestion by keeping the belly full and flushing out the digestive system.

Recipes:

Grab a bunch of broccolini and make one of these veggie-loaded dishes this week!

 

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