There's a lot of green in this post. I was feeling the need for something really healthy for dinner tonight, and, feeling inspired by a friend who raved last night about some roasted broccoli she had made, I decided to try it out. I've always prepared broccoli by boiling it or steaming it. And don't get me wrong; I love it that way. But I feel like I discovered broccoli for the first time with this recipe. Seriously, you will never look at broccoli the same way again. No longer will your mind fly to adjectives like "smushed" and "overcooked" when you ponder broccoli. Instead, you will think about slightly crisp yet soft florets, roasted under high heat with whole garlic cloves and simple spices. I was definitely cursing the fact that I only had 1 1/2 cups of broccoli in my freezer tonight! Check out the inspiration for this recipe here on the Amateur Gourmet's site. He does a better job of raving about this broccoli than I have, plus offers a few more tips for ways to spruce this up if you feel it needs sprucing. I adapted his recipe slightly and have re-posted it below.
Originally, I was just going to make the broccoli, but at the last minute, decided to throw in the edamame for some protein (but did not add any extra oil to coat them). I put them on separate halves of the pan so the edamame would have a chance to get crispy without being overshadowed by some of the larger broccoli florets, and they were fantastic, crispy, and full of spice. So if you are in need of a green dinner, make this. Trust me, you won't be sorry - you will never look at broccoli the same way again.
Roasted Broccoli and Edamame with Garlic
For the broccoli:
1 1/2 cups broccoli florets, rinsed and patted dry
3 whole garlic cloves, chopped into large chunks
2 tsp. olive oil
Ground black pepper
Dash of garlic powder
2 - 3 tsp. lemon juice
Optional: Sprinkle of parmesan cheese or vegan parmesan cheese
For the edamame:
1/2 cup frozen edamame, thawed, rinsed and patted dry
1 - 2 garlic cloves, chopped into large chunks
Ground black pepper
Dash of cayenne pepper
Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line a baking dish with a sheet of foil.
Toss the broccoli, garlic, olive oil, and spices together in a bowl and spread onto one half of the lined baking dish. Then toss the edamame and spices separately and spread onto the other half of the lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minute, stirring once or twice for even browning. When the broccoli is browned and tender, and the edamame is crispy on the outside (but soft on the inside), remove from the oven. Sprinkle the lemon juice over the broccoli. Serve immediately.