Not-So-Boring Broccoli


1-2 heads of broccoli crowns (about 1lb.)
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Separate the broccoli florets from the stalk. In a shallow bowl filled with 2 Tbsp. of water, steam the broccoli, covered, for 1-minute. The broccoli should be bright green, but still crisp. Drain the broccoli and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium-size sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add the red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds more. Add the steamed broccoli, stirring well to coat the florets. Cook for 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutrition per serving:
Servings: 10 (1/2 cup each)
25 calories, 1.5 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 3 g carbohydrate, 1 g protein, 1 g dietary fiber, 40 mg sodium.