Hands down this is the EASIEST (and most delicious) way to serve steamed broccoli. I promise.
It’s become one of my favourite vegetable side dishes to serve during Thanksgiving AND Christmas due to the minimal effort it takes to prepare it. It’s a simple but impressive side dish of lightly seasoned steamed broccoli spears topped with toasted almonds and garlic in a browned butter sauce. How lovely does that sound?
For a slightly different flavour I like to sub the sliced almonds for chopped cashews. Try it, it’s AMAZING.
This is a great side dish that’s easy to prepare for simple weeknight dinners all year round. Steamed broccoli has never been fancier!
Holiday Tip #6 –
In my last post, holiday tip #5 was for enjoying a lazy Christmas. Today, tip #6 is about layering some extra Christmas cheer on top of your normal activities: whether you’re working overtime cooking up Christmas dinner, baking festive desserts, or maybe you’re stuck commuting on Christmas Eve and you still want to make the best of things. Tip #6 is all about Christmas listening:
- As mentioned in my last post: Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Cafe’s Christmas episodes
- Christmas music that even retail employees can handle:
- “Winter” music:
- 1 bunch of broccoli, cut into spears
- 3 tbsp Earth Balance
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 tbsp sliced almonds
- sprinkle of salt and pepper
- lemon juice, to taste
- Sprinkle broccoli with a little salt and pepper and steam for 5 minutes or until tender. (Refer to notes if you don’t have a steamer.) Sprinkle with a little bit of lemon juice and toss gently.
- In a small saucepan, melt the vegan butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and almonds and cook until golden brown.
- To serve, arrange the broccoli spears in a serving dish. Spoon the browned almond-garlic butter evenly over the broccoli spears.