Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sauteed Broccoli & Cauliflower
My husband and children LOVE this one, too. This is a nice alternative when you tire of steamed veggies.
Cut broccoli and/or cauliflower into small florets (or you can purchase bags of cut-up florets). You can also use frozen broccoli, but you'll need to adjust the cooking time. Thaw broccoli in the microwave for a few minutes and remove any excess moisture from the bag before dumping into the pan.
In a large saute pan, add enough olive oil to coat the bottom and heat to about medium high, toss in some minced garlic for 30 seconds, then add broccoli and/or cauliflower. Season with salt (my husband also likes onion powder on this and if you do not have fresh garlic you can use garlic powder at this stage, too), cover and cook until soft, stirring often. If your veggies are beginning to stick and burn, add a couple teaspoons of water and keep covered until tender. Once broccoli is soft, remove cover and allow any moisture to cook out of the pan. You want the veggies to get some of that yummy brown caramelly coloring and flavor.
A soft, tender veggie with lots of flavor and no need to coat in butter or cheese sauce!