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zesty broccolini

zesty broccolini

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bored with broccoli?  spice it up! try using broccolini for smaller florets with longer, thin, tender stalks. broccolini is a chinese hybrid of broccoli and “kai-lan” which is a version of the original japanese broccoli. it offers an overall sweeter taste with a hint of pepper. this is my favorite way to eat broccolini. this recipe can be used as an awesome side dish or you can toss in some protein (nuts, tofu, tempeh, gardein or legumes) and make it a meal!

ingredients:

1 bunch of broccolini

2 T coconut oil

2 garlic cloves

1 lemon

1 t chili flakes

¼ t salt

1 c cherry tomatoes

tools:

sharp knife. cutting board. rubber spatula. measuring spoons. measuring cups. large sauté pan with fitting lid. microplane. plastic wrap.

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wash broccolini, tomatoes and lemon. peel and dice 2 garlic cloves into tiny pieces.

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zest lemon.  you can wrap the zested lemon in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for another recipe or use. set aside the zest.

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to trim broccolini, slice the ends by removing a thin slice off the bottom to remove the woody end.

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slice tomatoes in half and set aside.

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heat sauté pan over medium-high heat. add coconut oil and garlic. turn heat down to medium and cook diced garlic for 2 minutes, stirring often. add chili flakes and lemon zest.

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cook these spices for another 4 minutes stirring frequently to prevent the garlic from burning. add broccolini and salt, cover with lid.

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cook broccolini with the lid on the pan for 2 minutes, then add tomatoes and stir mixture.

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place the lid back on the pan and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring occasionally. turn off heat and stir once more.

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broccolini is now ready to eat. you can store the zesty broccolini in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

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