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Do you buy fresh or frozen broccoli? I buy both frozen and fresh, but I really do love frozen broccoli florets!
Reasons to LOVE Frozen Broccoli
- Broccoli florets taste great
- They are easy to cook with
- Using frozen florets can make meal time prep easy
- In many cases frozen broccoli has more nutritionally value
- Frozen florets are a very versatile vegetable.
In addition to the taste and ease frozen vegetables can bring to meal time prep, frozen vegetables can actually have more nutritional value than fresh vegetables. Say what?!
Yep…research shows that frozen vegetables as a whole are equally if not better for you nutritionally. Because frozen vegetables are picked at the optimal time of ripeness they actually maintain a higher level of nutritional value over some fresh vegetables. In some studies frozen broccoli in particular has maintained higher levels of Vitamin C than fresh vegetables found in the supermarket. So unless your vegetables are going from farm to table, then frozen is really a great choice.
Frozen vegetables are also a great way to save time in the kitchen after a long hectic day. The mad rush to get dinner on the table can sometimes sway us to order a pizza rather than to start that daunting process of food prep. It’s been shown that having frozen vegetables on hand in the freezer can actually increase the likely hood of making a home cooked meal vs ordering takeout. I normally keep at least 2 bags of organic frozen broccoli florets on hand. They are my go to freezer staple that can produce a meal in minutes. From pasta and broccoli to broccoli cupcakes this versatile frozen staple can star in so many different types of recipes…
My 5 Favorite Recipes Using Frozen Broccoli Florets
Garlic Chicken and BroccoliSauteed chicken and frozen broccoli florets with chopped garlic and a splash of vermouth (or dry white wine).
- 1 bag of frozen broccoli florets
- 1 lb of chicken breasts cut into strips
- 5-6 cloves of crushed garlic
- 1/4 cup of vermouth or dry white wine
- 1/4 Chicken stock
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup of olive oil divided
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- Defrost frozen broccoli florets and drain excess water.
- Heat a 2 tablespoons olive oil in a sauté pan and cook the chicken strips. Season the chicken strips and cook through on medium/high heat. Once cooked through transfer to a bowl and cover.
- In the same sauté pan heat remaining olive oil with crushed garlic. Add the broccoli florets and cook for approximately 5 minutes (or just until tender).
- Return the chicken to the pan; sauté for a few minutes more and then add the vermouth and chicken stock.
- Partially cover and simmer for 5 minutes and transfer to a serving bowl.
- Serve alone or over pasta/rice.