3 Things to Make With…Broccoli
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How did broccoli get so political? In 1990, President George H. W. Bush banned the emerald florets from the White House, declaring: “I do not like broccoli. … I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli!”
There went one more argument mother’s could use to get their own kids to eat the stuff: “Eat your broccoli and you’ll grow up big and strong and could be president some day!”
Two decades later, broccoli has become a target once again. As The New York Times recently reported, opponents of the national healthcare law have argued that if the federal government can require Americans to buy health insurance, could it go on to require us to eat … broccoli!?
We’ll leave the constitutional implications of all that to the Supreme Court, but we’d just like to point out that this much maligned, quintessentially good-for-you vegetable doesn’t, in fact, have to be the equivalent of torture to eat, an argument we’d like to be able to sell to our kids, thank you very much (with no help, apparently, from former presidents or current Supreme Court justices).
We do think, though, that these three recipes might just make the case for broccoli — enough said.
It’s no secret that the best way to get your kids to eat their veggies is to hide them. Not so easy, though, with bright green broccoli. However, a 10 full ounces of the vitamin-packed stuff is distributed throughout this easy delicious quiche.
Broccoli makes a bolder appearance here — and thus becomes easier for your kids to push it to the side of the plate with their forks. You can always try to thwart that by cutting up the florets before cooking them. The fact that the broccoli is simmered with savory kielbasa and scalloped potatoes, then topped with cheese sauce should help, too.
Want to keep your kids from eating their rice but not their veggies? Then combine both side dishes into one! We call it genius; your kids might call it diabolical—whatever. Again, the fact that it’s cheesy should stifle at least some discontent.
Need more ideas on how to disguise broccoli? Check out Recipe.com’s free collection of broccoli casserole recipes!
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