Farmers' Market Recipes: Quick and Easy Weeknight Broccoli

Earlier this week, we spent all night with our architect to see if it was feasible to add a bathroom on the second floor of a house we're considering. If you know about the renovations we did to our current house, then you may or may not be surprised. Anyways, we came home exhausted and hungry. 

Luckily we had some leftover pork loin and fingerling potatoes that we grilled the night before but needed a green vegetable to balance the meal. Since I'm not a huge fan of the microwave, I tend to heat up most leftovers wrapped in aluminum foil in either the oven or toaster oven. While the leftovers were heating, I had about 15 minutes to whip up a large head of broccoli that we picked up at the farmers' market. Steaming is always a quick option for broccoli and other vegetables, but I can't think of anything more bland and boring than steamed veggies. I decided to saute it, so I could add a bit more flavor to the broccoli.

Simple Sauteed Broccoli

  • 1 head of broccoli, washed and cut into florets

  • 1 T olive oil

  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced (I love garlic, so if the clove is small, I tend to add a second one.)

  • red pepper flakes

  • 1/3 cup broth (chicken or vegetable)

  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil over medium/high heat. Add garlic and pinch of red pepper to the olive oil. Stir and heat until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add broccoli. Cook for about 3 minutes or until the broccoli is bright green, stirring frequently. Add about 1/3 cup of a broth of your choice (I used chicken) and salt and pepper. Cook about 5 more minutes. Serve and enjoy!

This only took about 10 minutes to whip up, which made it a quick, healthy, and flavorful side for nights when you're either in a pinch for time or just don't feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen.  

I'd love to hear if you have any flavorful sides that work well for weeknights!