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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 December 9, 2019

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                The result: no more mental stress.

                                2. Unplug

                                Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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