It’s time to enjoy seasonal spring vegetables like this Roasted Broccolini. Roasting the broccolini with garlic and lemon makes is tasty and flavorful and perfect for a quick, easy, healthy weeknight side dish. (gluten free, keto, paleo whole30, vegan)
I’ve been dreaming of spring produce for so long, I can’t believe it’s finally here.
I know it’s weird but I do dream about food and new recipes. I come up with some great ideas in the middle of the night. I keep a notebook by my bed and try to always write them down.
This Roasted Broccolini is not one of those middle of the night recipes. I’ve been making this since before the kids were born. In fact, I can remember each of my little ones in their high chairs munching on this, eating it with their fingers.
There’s something fun about it looking like trees and that appeals to the little ones. I can’t use cute terms to attract my kids to eat their veggies anymore. They either like it or they don’t, and no amount of prodding will make them eat it.
There are certain flavors that appeal to them and garlic is a big one. That’s why I like the chopped garlic in the squeeze tube. I know it’s a cheat and might not be quite as flavorful as fresh, but I’m a busy mom and need all the shortcuts I can get.
I use it on all roasted vegetables which I make several times a week. It’s quite possible that in a year’s time this squeeze bottle saves me a full day’s worth of chopping garlic. Woohoo!
Roasting vegetables is the only way to go.
Remember those soggy, flavorless veggies you ate as a kid? It’s no wonder we all hated them. No offense mom!
In fact, asparagus from a can was the worst. It doesn’t even look like the same vegetable. So in an effort to get my kids to like vegetables, I almost always roast them.
Hello, you beautiful green goodness you!
Health Benefits of Broccolini…
- broccolini is a good source of Vitamins A and C, folate, iron and potassium
- one serving is 35 calories and 6 carbs
- broccolini is a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli
How to Roast Broccolini
It’s so easy to roast broccolini. All you have to do is put it on a sheet pan and toss it with a generous drizzle of olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.
Roast it for about 12-15 minutes at 425 degrees. Give it a good toss at least one time during cooking. Serve warm with a drizzle of fresh lemon juice.
- 2 bunches of broccolini washed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp garlic chopped
- 1/2 lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425°.
- Spread a sheet pan with parchment paper and lay broccolini on it.
- Drizzle with olive oil and add garlic, salt and pepper and rub with your hands. Make sure you rub each piece of broccolini with oil and seasoning.
- Roast for about 12-15 minutes checking a least once.
- Serve immediately with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.