Broccoli Obsession

Hah…a recent (as of today) Google search hit for my blog was “broccoli obsession.” Darn – you guys have got me all figured out! I was just musing today how it seems I can’t go more than a day or two without the funky-lookin’ green veg gracing me with its’Β presence. And I mean – I guess you can’t blame me. After all, it is ranking among the healthiest veg you could eat! Check this out:

  • helps protect from colon cancer
  • minimizes risk for cataracts
  • helps protect against stroke
  • boiled broc has more Vitamin C than an orange and more calcium than a glass of milk (compared ounce to ounce). I’d been starting to worry about my calcium lately – and I had no idea broccoli was such a great source!
  • a medium spear contains triple the amount of fiber than a piece of wheat bran bread
  • stimulates your body’s production of stage-two enzymes which is what the body uses to combat cancer. this neutralizes potential cancer-causing bad guys.

Broccoli is considered a “cruciferous” vegetable. Other vegetables in this family include kale, brussels sprouts, and cabbage – and likewise, they have similar cancer-fighting properties. Broccoli sprouts are even more nutritious – ten to one hundred times as rich!

But, did you know – that since broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, that some poor souls actually taste broccoli as bitter?! It’s from the compound “PTC” which either tastes very bitter to a person or has no taste. It’s all dependent on your genetic makeup, and is largely a dominant trait.

Have you ever had broccoli sprouts?

What’s your favorite way to have broccoli – or – is broccoli bitter to you?

And after all that talking about broccoli…I didn’t even have any today! Sad life.

I did – however – have cookies for breakfast – which is just as good. Almost.

I also completely forgot about all of the raspberries I just picked yesterday. And they would have gone so well! Instead, topping this bowl of overnight oats was:

  • mango
  • banana
  • SuperCharge Me! cookie
  • cashews
  • wheat germ

Even lacking the raspberries, it sure was dii-vine. I’d missed mangoes – and while I’m still not getting sick of peaches or plumcots (surprisingly) – it was nice to have a change of pace!

Apparently, I decided to demonstrate poor equitation in this moment.

I was also really glad to spend some quality time with my Teddie this morning! Even though I was at the barn the past two days, I didn’t get to do anything with him – and I missed his adorable self! I just brought him in and got him all handsome and happy – scratching all of his scratchies! He made me proud by keeping his mane verrrry clean from his bath on Tuesday πŸ™‚ I wasn’t able to do past his barrel because he wouldn’t stand still and I didn’t have a place to tie him – so we’ll just pretend he’s clean all over πŸ˜‰

You know…for just being a couple crackers – these hold me over quite well as a morning snack! And I feel a little more at-ease for not having something sweet at every meal or snack time.

Work flew by today, and my appetite was a little low for some reason, after being starving this morning! I was really looking forward to trying a new bar this afternoon – but I never got around to it, and all of a sudden it was time to go home!

Alas, lunch was swell.

What’s hiding between these two silly looking slices of [delicious] bread?

Well – I am either brazen, naive, or slightly stoopid...

…because that would be a sandwich consisting of enough black beans for a bodybuilder or two, as well as sweet potato and raspberry-fig dressing. I know the dressing looks kinda gross – but it’s just from being snug against the lettuce all night.

Accompanied by:

and apple and peanut butter. Except, I never really “got” the whole vibe of eating apples with peanut butter. The apple is so juicy and crisp that it just overrides the peanut buttery goodness. I would prefer my peanut butter plain, next to the apple.

I got a slight want for something but not a whole bar, where a packed and unpictured chunk of energy came into play.

I was sort of lost for dinner, too – but knew a fridge cleanout was necessary. I still had some creamy tomato-pesto sauce and a large portion of eggplant. And a blackbean burger I made aaaages ago in the freezer. I think it was one of these. I can’t remember the last time I made them – before summer, I think – but it kept well! And I was pretty impressed with my handiwork – I formed that in a perfect circle patty, just about! Sometimes I surprise myself. Anyways:

Eggplant, garlic, tomato, basil, and tomato paste sauteed in some olive oil. Millet on the side. Creamy Tomato-Pesto Sauce and feta over top.

I still can’t cook millet right. That or I’m impatient. And we won’t talk about the fact that I accidentally made quinoa first. Wouldn’t have been a problem – I’ve no problem just eating quinoa instead – but I didn’t rinse it and didn’t feel like eating soap for dinner.

But hey – luckily, I love eggplant and bean burgers and feta and creamy tomato pesto sauce! But, what do you do with your millet?



Filed under breakfast, dinner, foodblog, health, healthy living, lunch, oatmeal, recipe

19 responses to “Broccoli Obsession

  1. I had no idea broc was that healthy! Especially the part about stage two enzymes. That’s totally amazing- glad I love the stuff! πŸ˜› My favorite way to eat it is simply roasted..hard to go wrong. But I used to looovee broccoli and cheese! πŸ˜›

  2. teenagehealthfreak

    mmm!! everything looks/sounds great. love the touch of mango. i eat my millet for breakfast with whatever kinda fruits i got and yogurt! πŸ™‚

  3. I love fresh fall broccoli – one of my favorite ways to eat it is simply roasted!!! Broccoli is also great simply boiled with whole wheat pasta and sun dried tomatoes!!
    Great picture of you and Teddie!!!!!!
    Hope you have a great weekend !!! xo aimee

  4. I LOVE BROCCOLI!!! By far, my favorite veggie of all time. Although sweet potatoes come close. And eggplant.

    I find it equally hilarious and annoying that horses can never stay 100% clean for more than an hour. But I guess I can’t complain, because they give back enough love to compensate for dirtiness πŸ™‚

  5. mmm ive had broccoli sprouts before and they’re really good! a bit spicy, i remember!

    as for millet, i always like to cook a millet-quinoa mix. 1:3 ratio for grain – water… i just rinse off the millet and cook (if i have time beforehand i might soak but usually not), usually in my rice cooker – on quick grain mode. and it always comes out perfectly!

  6. 1/4 cup dry millet, 1/4 cup soy milk, ~1/2 cup water, 1/2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 a sliced banana and some cinnamon, cooked in a pot. It makes an excellent breakfast – the milk and chia make it nice and creamy while the millet itself still has that crunchy bite to it. I’m almost wishing I had brought some home with me for the weekend now instead of leaving it at my dorm (I did bring home some amaranth, so all is well).

    That orange-almond millet recipe I mentioned a while back to you is something else I love millet for as well. I think it’s mostly a textural thing.

    And you make some of the most genius sandwiches. Ever. I always fail at sandwiches because I try to put half a head of leaf/romaine lettuce, huge slabs of tomato and onion, AND whatever main filling I’m using in between two slices of thin bread.

  7. So glad you had some good time with Teddie today! You guys look stunning, as always! And I love broccoli too. I eat it pretty much 365 days a year. But I had no idea it had so much calcium. Wonderful news! Thank you for sharing love!

  8. Oh my god, I have been wondering for such a long time how people can love roasted broccoli so much because I find it so bitter it makes me cringe! I thought i was being weird! Now I know why haha! Shame really though because i need to keep my calcium intake high..and it seems to have so many good qualities hmph!
    I’ve never had millet, it’s still on my ‘to try’ list. Is it similar to bulgur wheat?

  9. I love broccoli as well! I seriously can’t go a day without it… I can’t believe it’s bitter to come people! That’s crazy!

    I’ve never had millet before, but it’s odd that you can’t quite get it right. I thought all grains were the same?! Haha.
    ❀ Tat

  10. I never rinse my grains…should I be!!?
    I like broccoli roasted – it doesn’t taste bitter, just a me! I really only have it cos it’s good for me πŸ˜›
    I’m glad you do’t get the PB/apple thing either!! I did it once, and the PB got lost in the apple – waaaay rather have a spoonful of PB, and an apple seperatly πŸ˜€

  11. I love broc aswell! I just can’t stand it raw though, it has an awful irony taste to me. BLEH.
    Cute Teddie picture, who cares about equitation ? πŸ˜‰

  12. Yay for broccoli indeed! Something about the texture and the fact that it seems to go with ANYTHING (for me, at least) makes it practically unbeatable in my book. And now you give all these nutritional facts, I mean jeez, what could be better!
    That a delicious looking sandwich of leftovers… I’m still thinking about that raspberry sauce of yours. πŸ™‚

  13. I love broccoli! Even as a kid I liked it, but that may have been because my parents served it with cheese sauce haha. Now my favourite way to eat it is in my stir fries or just roasted. I’ve been trying to find some more interesting ways to eat it lately!

  14. Love funky looking foooood!! : )
    Black beans sweet potato, and raspberry fig dressing,,,, sound heaven!!

    Haven’t tasted millet yet, good? Have a strong feeling that I’m gonna cook it soon,,,,, : )

  15. And that is why we freeze those black bean burgers! Ya gotta love it when you find one hanging out in the freezer. I am a broccoli lover for sure! Your dinner looks delicious. Enjoy your weekend Jessica!

  16. I like to add millet to chili, to thicken it and add a grain. It’s also nice just mixed with beans and some salsa and cheese, for a really simple meal.

    As for broccoli sprouts, I was just thinking this morning about all of the cooking and food projects I want to take on this year, and growing my own sprouts, including broccoli ones, is on my list.

  17. Nathalie

    I’ve never cooked millet and I really like broc, I usually just steam it and I think it’s actually quite sweet. Never tried it roasted but will do tonight.

    Love the pic of you and Mr T- speeeeed πŸ˜‰

    I am enjoying a Super Charge Cookie as I type this- I am so glad you wrote about them as I would not have discovered them otherwise. Yum!

    • Nathalie

      oh, and I have some broc seeds waiting to be sprouted and your post reminded me to get them going. I’ve never had sprouted broc before, only the usual suspects such as sprouted alfalfa, cress or mung beans.

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