Awe yeah! I Made a supreme lunch with broccoli, almonds, pistachios, dried cherries, dried cranberries, jumbo golden raisins, low-sodium tamari, maple syrup, grapeseed oil, nutritional yeast, and rice. HOW TASTY CAN IT GET? Inspired by this recipe, I made a few changes.The major changes I made are:
- Instead of broccoli and brussle sprouts, I only roasted broccoli and added kale in after the roasting
- Instead of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos I used low-sodium tamari
- I added some chopped pistachios
- I not only used dried cherries and the original calls for, but I added dried cranberries and jumbo golden raisins
- I used a MUCH smaller amount of nutritional yeast.
- I mixed it with rice to make it more of a hearty meal component
Even though the tamari lends a slightly Asian flare to the dish, it’s off set by the maple and dried fruit, not to mention the roasting really brings out the sweetness of the broccoli. I imagine the original recipe with brussel sprouts would be awesome, especially roasting the brussle sprouts and broccoli with some orange juice and zest and only using dried cranberries (that sounds like a Christmas/holiday dish… best keep it in mind). To make this even more of a meal, I’d add some fried tofu or lentils instead of rice.
ROASTED MAPLE BROCCOLI (serves 2-4):
- 1 large head Broccoli chopped into tiny florets
- 3 tablespoon low-sodium tamari
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon grapeseed oil
- 1/2 teasoon salt
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast (divided)
- 1/3 cup dried fruit (I used a combination of dried cherries, dried cranberries and jumbo golden raisins)
- 1/3 cup chopped almonds (I also added pistachios but pecans or walnuts would also be amazing)
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup short grain brown rice
Preheat the oven to 400F and lightly grease a baking pan or casserole dish with a bit of grapeseed oil.
*OPTIONAL* In a medium pot, bring the 2 cups of water to a boil, add the rice, reduce heat to medium and let cook for 20-25 minutes.
In a large bowl, drizzle the tamari, maple syrup, grapeseed oil and salt over the broccoli and mix to coat all the broccoli florets with the sauce.
Place the coated broccoli in the casserole dish with the unabsorbed liquids and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast.
Bake for 25 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast and mix with the dried fruit and nuts. Serve warm!
*OPTIONAL* Mix in the cooked rice for a pilaf-like dish!