Make Steamed Broccoli the Most Nutritious It Can Be
How do you turn boring steamed broccoli into a flavorful masterpiece? Rather than dousing it with sodium-rich soya sauce or cooking it in an unhealthy oil (such as peanut or canola), there’s a healthier and more flavorful way to go about cooking your broccoli. Here’s our little secret.
How to Season Steamed Broccoli (to Make It Healthier and Loaded with Flavor)
To give steamed broccoli a flavor and nutrition boost, we use Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth for steaming instead of water. Not only does this allow the broccoli florets to soak up savory flavor, but the bone broth also provides many health benefits (which we’ll go into in more detail shortly).
We also sauté the broccoli florets for one minute with garlic prior to steaming, which adds a pungent but slightly sweet flavor that makes every bite addictive. It’s far more tasty to use fresh minced garlic than a powdered garlic seasoning.
Lastly, there’s an optional (but highly recommended) third ingredient to make this steamed broccoli as delicious as it can be: coconut aminos. Coconut aminos is a sauce derived from coconut sap that’s comparable to soy sauce. It has a similar umami flavor but is slightly sweeter and contains less sodium than soy sauce. When paired with sauteed garlic, you’ll feel as though you’ve entered a special kind of culinary heaven (and you’re the master chef).
Health Benefits of Steamed Broccoli with Bone Broth
Bone broth recipes are typically made by slow cooking animal bones and connective tissue with herbs, vegetables, and spices for an extended period of time. The vegetables lend vitamins and minerals to the broth, while the slow cooking time allows the bones and tissue to release a beneficial protein, collagen, into the broth.
If you’re not familiar with collagen, it’s known for being an anti-inflammatory protein that supports gut, skin, and joint health. It contains several amino acids, such as proline and glycine, which may provide different health benefits when consumed regularly. For example, research suggests that glycine can boost serotonin levels and promote restful sleep in those who suffer from insomnia. (1)
Bored with steamed broccoli? Here’s our little secret for turning a bland vegetable into a flavorful, savory side dish that’s even better for you.
- 1 pound broccoli florets
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1/4 cup Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt or more if desired
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (optional)
Prepare broccoli by removing the stems and cutting into florets if using broccoli heads. Set aside.
In a large sauté pan (with a lid), heat coconut oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes. (It might take less time for the oil to heat up on a gas stove.)
Add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Place broccoli florets in the pan, followed by salt, and sauté for about a minute.
Pour water or broth over the broccoli and cover to steam for 5 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.
Optionally, stir in a tablespoon of coconut aminos to add a bit of umami flavor. Enjoy!
About the Author
Sharon Chen is the founder and creator behind StreetSmart Kitchen, a recipe website that helps busy professionals to prepare healthy meals in less time they ever thought possible. Download her Top 18 One-Dish Meals Cookbook for free here: http://bit.ly/SSK-Free-Cookbook