Loaded Roasted Broccoli

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Broccoli is becoming a good friend.  You see, I have been trying to eat healthier this season, and it turns out that a bag of steamed broccoli is filling and makes for a beautiful lunch.  Also, when I ask my kids what vegetable they want for dinner broccoli always seems to be their answer.   They love it topped with butter and salt, and they love it even more with cheese.

As I mentioned above, I am trying to eat healthier.  This means that I have stopped putting sweetener in my coffee, trying to stay away from sweets, and tone it down a little on bread and carbs.  Not cut out carbs completely, tone it down.

Buttery baked potatoes topped with butter, cheese, bacon, sour cream, and onion might cut my list of most desired comfort food.   The other week I got the idea to roast broccoli in the oven and top the broccoli with baked potato toppings.  And it turned out amazing!

This was such a wonderful meal!  ( I ate about 1/2 of the above for lunch, and saved the other 1/2 for the next day)  When I am trying to eat healthily, I am most successful when I get to volume eat a big plate of vegetables for a meal, this way I am full and not reaching for something else later.

Loaded broccoli satisfied my salty pallet, and this is so filling and just as delicious as a meal that isn’t so good for you.

When I roast broccoli, I usually use a bag of frozen, steam-fresh vegetables instead of fresh broccoli.   It cooks evenly and gets nice and crisp, but not burnt.

I encourage you to add any baked potato toppings that you love, not just what I added on mine.

Loaded Roasted Broccoli

Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 12 ounce bags frozen steam fresh broccoli
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/8 cup bacon bits
  • 2-3 teaspoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees f

  2. Steam your broccoli in the microwave according to instructions

  3. Arrange cooked broccoli on a sheet pan and bake in the oven, until it is as crisp as you like. - about 15-20 minutes. 

  4. Add your toppings while the broccoli is still hot.  Cheese, bacon, tomatoes, onions add the sour cream right before eating. 

This lunch was so delicious!  This would also make a great side dish to bring to a get-together or serve to your kids for a weeknight meal.   I already have another roasted broccoli recipe in the works.

 

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