Looking for something healthy to snack on well here's a extremely nutritious yet tasty replacement to those store bought chips and snacks - Roasted Broccoli. Broccoli, olive oil, salt and pepper is all you will need to make them. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and chaat masala for additional flavor. You can either make them in the oven or on the stove top. These taste best when you serve them fresh out of the oven as they tend to go soft with time but hey they still taste good even then. These are great to snack on just as they are or simply serve them with your favorite dip or even add them to your salads, pastas and sandwiches/rolls.
Broccoli as most of you may already know has great health benefits. Its rich source of fiber & vitamin-C. It also contains other essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin-A, iron, zinc etc. I always try to include broccoli in my shopping list every week with an intention to try some new recipe with it. But most of the times I land up using it for making these addictive bites. But am not complaining since Hubs loves them. I love serving these as side with our meal.
Now to the recipe...
1 big head of Broccoli (approximately 3 cups of florets)
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
some chaat masala (optional) or lemon juice to taste
1 -2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 425F and line a baking tray with aluminium foil. Keep aside. Chop and wash the broccoli florets thoroughly, allow the water to drain for 5 mins.
Transfer them onto a kitchen towel or paper napkin to further drain the water completely. Gently pat dry the florets.
Once completely dry, spread them onto the lined baking tray and drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper oven them. Gently toss the florest with hand so that they get evenly coated. Bake at 425F for 10-15 mins or until crisp and tender. Remove from the oven.
Sprinkle some parmesan cheese while the florets are still hot. At this point you can add your favorite seasoning over it and give it a quick mix. In my case I like it with a sprikle on Chaat masala but lemon juice works great too.
- For the stove top method: Heat a pan/griddle on medium high heat and to it add the broccoli, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well and then keep tossing frequently to ensure the broccoli doesn't stick to the pan. Once done, remove into a bowl sprinkle cheese and chaat masala.
- Depending on your oven, the time may vary so after 10 mins keep checking the broccoli after every 2-3 mins.
That's it, our healthy and tasty Roasted Broccoli Bites are ready. You can serve them as is or with you favorite dip or add them you your pasta, salad, sandwiches and rolls. Enjoy!!