Broccolini: Better Than Broccoli
Have you heard of this pretty veggie? If you have, then you probably understand why it’s a favorite of mine! If not, I will bet you can find it at your grocery store. It’s increasing in popularity – and for good reason. If I had to describe this to someone? I’d say, it’s broccoli – but better. It’s the perfect alternative to asparagus for people who don’t like asparagus.
Also known as baby broccoli or aspirations, it’s a hybrid veggie. The stems are thin, long, and edible. The florets are less full and compact than that of broccoli. The taste is mild, slightly peppery, and sweet. If you are not a fan of the pungent classic taste of broccoli – then this is for you!
Like asparagus, this veggie can be cooked any way – steamed, sauteed, grilled, and roasted. It’s flavor is so mild that there are endless preparation possibilities because flavors and seasoning are less likely to clash with the subtle taste of the veggie. I find just a dash of salt, pepper, and a spritz of olive oil is the perfect compliment.
Nutritionally, Broccolini is low in calories, 15 calories for 1/2 cup. It is high in Vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium, and Fiber.
Have you tried this veggie? What are your favorite ways to prepare?
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