Anytime I make anything with broccoli I secretly sing Choppin Broccoli from the SNL skit by Dana Carvey in my head. It’s just one of those things that got embedded in my brain as a teen and may never leave. I may be singing it more often because this recipe was so easy that I will be making it again and again. You could easily substitute any vegetable or cheese in this simple recipe, I believe that there was something like this called impossible pie on the Bisquick box back in the day, again more childhood memories.
Easy Broccoli Cheese Pie
2 cups fresh Broccoli and/or Broccoli Slaw (this is a great recipe to use up whatever veggies are left in the fridge)
1/2 c chopped onion
1 T minced garlic
1 T oil
1 1/2 c shredded cheese, I used Smoked Gruyere and cheddar
1/2 c Bisquick
1 cup milk
1/2 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
Preheat oven to 400. Add oil to a med/large sauté pan and heat over med high. Add broccoli and onion sauté for 4 minutes or until onion and broccoli are soft but not falling apart, add garlic, stir and heat 1 more minute.
Add Broccoli mix to a pie pan, and mix with 1 c of the shredded cheese. In a separate bowl mix, Bisquick, Milk and eggs. Pour over Broccoli cheese mix.
Bake for about 35 minute or until golden brown and set. add remaining cheese to the top and return to oven, cook for about 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted. Let cool 5-10 minutes before cutting.
And just in case you don’t have the ear worm yet, here is Dana Carvey performing Choppin Broccoli with an orchestra on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Your Welcome.
Sides can be boring, this one isn’t. Perk up your broccoli with this easy recipe but be careful it might steal the show.
Broccoli with Lemon, Olive Oil and Parmesan
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
1-2 t olive oil
1 T lemon juice
1/4 c shredded or shaved parmesan cheese
1/4 t salt
Steam broccoli until crisp tender. I used a microwave steam bag this time, but any method with work, just don’t over cook it. Toss with oil, lemon juice, parmesan and salt. Serve.
Yes I am jumping on the quinoa band wagon too. Why not, it is easy to prepare, full of protein, and cholesterol and gluten-free. It even tastes better than rice. What is quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah), it is actually a seed but is easily prepared as a grain, like rice. In fact I made mine right in my rice cooker, same amount of water and time as rice too (1 part quinoa, 2 parts water).
It came out, light and fluffy, like a cross between couscous and rice. I added some salt a squeeze of lime and some chopped cilantro.
Since we love curry at my house I made red curry with chicken and served over the top.
Red Thai Curry with Chicken
1 lb chicken cutlets, sliced into thin strips
2-3 T oil
2 c chopped broccoli
1 c match stick or sliced carrots
1/2 c peas
1/2 onion sliced thin
1 t chopped garlic
2 t red curry paste
1 can coconut milk
2 c quinoa
4 c water
2 t cilantro chopped
juice of 1 lime
add quinoa and water to rice cooker and turn on.
Heat a large skillet over med high heat, add 2 T oil, add chicken and onion and cook until browned, add garlic, broccoli and carrots, cook 2 minutes, scoot chicken and veggies to the sides of the pan, making a well in the middle. add curry paste and cook 1 minute, add coconut milk and stir to combine. lower heat to low add peas and cover for about 3 minutes. When quinoa is done cooking, add lime juice salt and chopped cilantro, serve curry mixture over quinoa.
Try some quinoa in place of rice or pasta in your favorite recipe.
Asian Marinated London Broil
1 1/2 lb London Broil
1/4 c soy sauce
1 t garlic
1/2 T agave nectar ( or honey)
2 T lime juice
Place meat in a large zip lock bag, mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl and add to the bag. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hrs to overnight.
Pre heat oven to broil, place empty broiler pan in oven to preheat also. Add meat to pan when hot. Cook about 5-7 min per side, or until desired temperature. Let rest for at least 5 min and cut meat against the grain in thin slices.
Vegetable Pad Thai
4 T oil
1 c broccoli
1 c matchstick carrots
1 c sugar snap peas
2 T minced garlic
2 eggs (beaten)
1/4 c lime juice
2 T fish sauce
2 T sugar
2 t sriracha hot sauce
1 cup bean sprouts
1 8 oz package of rice noodles, softened in warm water for 10 min and drained.
Mix together lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and hot sauce in a small bowl and set aside.
In a large fry pan or wok, heat 2 T oil, add vegetables (except sprouts) and garlic cook over med heat for 2 minutes, move to edges of pan and add beaten eggs, and cook until done about 1 min.
Add remaining oil, then noodles,sauce and bean sprouts and cook until heated through, using tongs to mix together.
Top with lime wedges, fresh cilantro, scallions and crushed peanuts if desired.
Trying to get kids and some adults to eat vegetables can be tricky. Trying to limit you carbs and find hearty, comforting, side dishes can be challenging. Mixing up your week night dinners and getting out of a rut can be tiring. This recipe solves all of these problem and is quick and easy, and I even like it better than mashed potatoes.
Mashed Broccoli and Cauliflower
16 oz of broccoli and cauliflower florets (I bought them already mixed in a bag at my supermarket)
1 oz cream cheese (from the brick, not soft)
1/2 tsp salt
2T half and half or milk
Steam broccoli and cauliflower until soft, you could use a microwave steam bag or steamer ( you could even boil it in a small amount of water). Add cooked veggies, cream cheese, salt and half and half to a food processor and pulse until “mashed”, mash by hand if you don’t have a food processor, it just may be slightly chunkier. Serve, see I told you it was easy. Try doing cauliflower or broccoli solo too.