broccoli is a standby in our kitchen. when my son was toddler, it is probably the only vegetable that i didn’t have to doctor up in order for him to eat it. he loved a simple squirt of lemon and he would eat it all. yes, perhaps that is the easiest and simplest way to make it, but i do like to have variety considering he is older and eats just about anything. this is a simple sautéed broccoli that still has a touch of citrus and with a bit of heat from the red chili flakes. the chili flakes are optional. the health benefits of broccoli are great as it offers a high amount of vitamin c, folic acid, and potassium. it is a healthy and super easy side dish to go with just about any meal.
1 tbs olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 bunch broccoli, cut into small pieces, stalks peeled and thinly sliced
zest of one orange, in thin strips and coarsly chopped
1/2 tsp kosher salt
juice of 1 lemon
in a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. add minced garlic clove and red pepper and saute for 1 minute.
add the broccoli and orange zest, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until tender. season with the salt.
remove the broccoli from the heat when the broccoli has become tender, bright green, but, with browned by the heat. place in a serving dish and drizzle with the lemon juice. season with a dash of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. serve immediately.