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Broccoli, Broccoli and more Broccoli! The farm at Stony Point Center has harvested hundreds of pounds of broccoli this season. Just last Monday, we had 99 pounds! Some of our fresh broccoli has been donated to Proyecto Faro, a grassroots immigrant rights organization based here in Stony Point, NY. Throughout our harvest season, Stony Point Center (SPC) has been donating our produce to Proyecto Faro's worthy cause; their volunteers are collecting food to help feed food-insecure immigrants. Our farmers tell me we are also selling some of our vegetables to Hungry Hollow co-op, located in Chestnut Ridge, NY. 

Long touted as a superfood, broccoli is among one of the healthiest vegetables we can eat. Packed with lots of fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C, it is also very versatile and by far my family's favorite vegetable. Sautéed with onion and garlic is a popular way of enjoying broccoli, but as you will see in my "make it your dish" notes, you can be as creative as you feel. Add some protein and starch to this recipe and you have a healthy and delicious one-dish meal to enjoy. I hope you do and please let me know how it turned out. 

And of course, if you have any cooking questions, I'd love to hear from you. Please email Chef Donna at askchefdonna@stonypointcenter.org with questions about this recipe or any other meal-prep, cooking questions!    

 

LettuceWrapBarSautéed Broccoli with Onions and Garlic 

Yields 4-6 portions

 

Ingredients 

  • One large head broccoli (cut in bite-sized pieces)  
  •  1/2 yellow onion (thinly sliced)  
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic (thinly sliced)  
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil  
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Parsley  
  • Salt and pepper to taste  
  • 4 cups water for steaming  

Let’s get Cooking  

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. If you have a steamer basket, put it in the bottom of your pot, put broccoli in it and close the lid to steam for five seconds. If you don't have a steamer basket, just add your broccoli to the water, also for five seconds with the lid on the pot.  
  2. Remove the steamed broccoli and put aside. Meanwhile, heat oil until sizzling, add onion and cook on medium-high heat until soft and golden brown (three-four minutes). Add garlic and cook for another two-three minutes until soft but not burnt.  
  3. Add drained broccoli and don't move anything around. Allow the broccoli to get a little brown on one side, two-three minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy! 

 

Notes 

If you really love crunchy broccoli, skip blanching it and just sauté it.  

If you love mushy broccoli, blanch the broccoli for a few minutes more than in the instructions. 

‘It’s your dish!’ 

  • Substitute the onions for shallots or scallions  
  • Try adding zucchini or mushrooms to your broccoli for a broccoli medley  
  • Add sesame seeds or chopped nuts to your broccoli once it is cooked  
  • Substitute the olive oil with other oil or butter  
  • Try adding dried fruit to your broccoli once it is cooked 
  • Maybe you might want to add any cooked protein or grain: tofu, any cut-up meat, rice, quinoa, lentils or beans to make this an entrée instead of a side dish