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15 Delicious And Healthy Broccoli Recipes You Should Know

15 Delicious And Healthy Broccoli Recipes You Should Know

Broccoli is loaded with vitamins, fiber and other nutrients that make it a powerhouse of a vegetable. It’s also one of the easiest vegetables to find in supermarkets year-round. The mighty tree-shaped vegetable gets mixed reviews from diners, though. While many people absolutely love the slightly bitter yet earthy flavor, others almost run screaming from the table when it’s served! The trick to convincing even the pickiest eaters to try broccoli is in preparing it in an irresistible way. These broccoli recipes do just that.

1. Pesto Broccolini

Pesto Broccoli Recipes

    Sometimes all it takes is a bit of pesto and spice to make broccoli taste truly amazing. The great thing about this Brazilian broccoli recipe is that you can dial up the spice-factor to any level you prefer.

    2. Skinny Orange Chicken with Broccoli Recipe

    Skinny Orange Chicken Broccoli Recipes

      Chicken and broccoli are practically considered soul mates in some parts of the world. Mix in the delectably sweet flavor of fresh oranges and you have an irresistible dish that has everyone going back for seconds. The Sriracha sauce gives this recipe a nice kick.

      3. Broccoli Cheese Soup

      Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

        Broccoli and cheese go together like, well, broccoli and cheese! Warm up on a cold night with this delicious soup recipe that marries the two flavors together in perfect harmony. With only four ingredients, you can whip it up in no time!

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        4. Cheesy Roasted Broccoli Patties

        Cheesy Roasted Broccoli Recipe

          This recipe is another fine example of how beautifully broccoli and cheese go together. The  patties make a great side dish for dinner. If you prefer extra cheesiness, just toss in a bit more than the recommended ½ cup of cheddar.

          5. Barely-Blanched Broccoli Salad with Feta and Fried Almonds

          Barely Blanched Broccoli Salad

            Blanching the broccoli for exactly three minutes helps keep the vegetable’s signature texture while allowing it to better absorb the vinaigrette. Almonds add a nice crunch to this broccoli recipe while the Feta goat cheese gives it a bit of a flavor contrast.

            6. Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin Mac n Cheese

            Broccoli Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

              Everyone’s favorite comfort food grows up with this delicious broccoli recipe. Keep all the pasta and cheese goodness you love while adding the health benefits of broccoli and cauliflower to the mix.

              7. Chicken and Broccoli Braid

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              Chicken and Broccoli Braid Recipe

                Chicken, broccoli and cheese all come together in a delicious bread package. You get an entire meal in every slice, making this the ideal healthy and delicious broccoli recipe for those days when you don’t have time to sit down at the table for a full meal.

                8. Curried Broccoli Salad

                Curried Brocolli Salad

                  Turn up the heat and the crunch factor with this delicious and healthy broccoli salad recipe. Make a little bit for a healthy lunch or a big bowl for family gatherings.

                  9. Broccoli Beef

                  Broccoli Beef Recipe

                    Forget meat and potatoes—beef and broccoli is where it’s at! This classic Chinese-American dish makes broccoli the star with beef and rice as its backup singers. A piping hot pan is the key to making sure your flank steak comes out tender and juicy.

                    10. Broccoli Pickles

                    Broccoli pickles

                      While cucumbers are usually the star of the pickle world, you can actually pickle just about anything, including broccoli. This recipe is the perfect accompaniment to an egg roll and other side dishes in a Bento box.

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                      11. Broccoli Paratha

                      Broccoli Paratha Recipe

                        Trying to lay off the breads but still need something to dip into your favorite hummus or spicy gravy recipe? Broccoli Paratha looks like little green pita breads without all the starches.

                        12. Broccoli White Pizza

                        Broccoli White Pizza Recipe

                          You can’t talk broccoli recipes without mentioning white pizza! While white pizza is delicious in its own right, some find the sauce-free comfort food a bit bland for their tastes. Broccoli adds just the right amount of flavor to really bring home the taste of the dough and cheeses.

                          13. Broccoli & Fruit Salad

                          Broccoli and Fruit Salad

                            Fruit salad is a staple during the warmer months and a favorite at family picnics. This broccoli & fruit salad recipe is so colorful it practically beckons even the pickiest eaters to dive in.

                            14. Mini Quiche with Broccoli

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                            Broccoli Mini Quiche Recipe

                              These mini quiches are easy to whip up in small batches and make the perfect brunch recipe. While quiche can be an intimidating dish for novice cooks, the miniature size makes this dish less daunting.

                              15. Broccoli Green Smoothie

                              Broccoli Green Smoothie

                                “Green” smoothies are all the rage right now, and true broccoli lovers are in for a treat with this recipe. It’s incredibly simple to whip up in the blender and versatile enough that you can substitute ingredients for what you have on hand.

                                Add these delicious broccoli recipes to your weekly dinners and you’ll have everyone loving the healthy vegetable in no time!

                                Also check out: 11 Benefits of Broccoli to Convince Anyone to Eat it

                                Featured photo credit: Beantown Baker via beantownbaker.com

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                                Last Updated on October 23, 2018

                                Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

                                Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

                                My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

                                Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

                                The Neural Knitwork Project

                                In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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                                While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

                                The knitting and neural connection

                                The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

                                More mental health benefits from knitting

                                Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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                                “You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

                                Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

                                Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

                                She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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                                “People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

                                The dopamine effect on our happiness

                                Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

                                There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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                                “Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

                                If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

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