Broccoli Almondine

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:

  1. As mentioned in my last post: Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Cafe’s Christmas episodes
  2. Christmas music that even retail employees can handle:
  3. “Winter” music:

Happy Listening!



Ingredients :

  • 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

Instructions :

  1. 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.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the vegan butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and almonds and cook until golden brown.
  3. To serve, arrange the broccoli spears in a serving dish. Spoon the browned almond-garlic butter evenly over the broccoli spears.
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