Broccoli Made Bodacious: Leftover Logic
You’ve cooked a big bunch of broccoli along with a main dish, and (surprise!), there are still a few florets left in the serving bowl. Not that we don’t love broccoli, but it’s not exactly as popular on the dinner table as the steak you served it with.
Here are tips for taking that leftover broccoli and putting it to work in a main dish for the following night, one that may even get the kids hooked on broccoli for the long haul.
Pasta made perfect: Simply sauté a couple cloves of garlic in olive oil, throw in the leftover broccoli, and mix it up with cooked pasta (we love spiral cavatappi), and a sprinkling of fresh Parmesan. Macaroni and cheese may be the best-loved food on the planet, and it’s a great place to slip in a few veggies. This Easy Ham-and-Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese calls for just a cup of the leftover broccoli, and can be made with frozen mac-and-cheese if you’re really pressed for time. And if you have a bit more energy, try this Orchiette with Caramelized Garlic, Sausage, and Broccoli (you’ll already have step 1—cook the broccoli).
When it’s raw, go for slaw: When you want to use up broccoli that’s uncooked (say, from a raw veggie platter) shred it (stems and all) and make it into this healthy Broccoli Slaw, made crunchy with red onion and smooth with yogurt and mayo.
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