Today we are celebrating broccoli! Tis the season, I have some from my Farm Share and we are also growing it this year. Did you check out my Instagram pic where I showed the almost ready to harvest broc we grew? ICYMI, closeup posted below!
Did you know broccoli is a flower? And in the brassica family. Checkout this episode of Suprisingly Awesome (podcast), in case you want to find out how awesome brassica’s actually are! In my great-grandparents WWII Victory Garden they grew kohlrabi, also a brassica, because it had less issues than Cabbage (brassica) and Broccoli, in their 1940’s NYC urban garden. Goosebumps!!
My go to Chinese takeout order is Broccoli and Garlic Sauce. I may love it because I am scared of meat offerings usually, but I also really like Broccoli. It is one of my favorite foods. I also enjoy the spicy, sweet, savory taste of garlic sauce + I am obsessed with garlic, sorry not sorry.
It did take me a long time to perfect this, I have tried many times, until now I was not able to match the restaurant flavors. However, each time, including the final perfection it is much healthier than takeout!
If you are confused about what chili sauce to use here is a cool link that differentiates some popular types.
- 1/4 cup vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons honey (or sugar for strict vegan)
- 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon chili sauce or dried crushed chilis
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon of water
- 2 teaspoons of cornstarch or arrowroot
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (or whatever neutral oil you use)
- 4 large garlic cloves chopped
- 1 large head broccoli chopped
- 5 green onions chopped and divided
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- Combine broth, honey, soy, vinegar, chili, and sesame oil in bowl
- In another bowl combine cornstarch and water
- In a small sauce pan, saute garlic in olive oil untill softened
- Add both sauces to garlic and whisk them all together
- On medium heat let the sauce come to a boil and cook untill thickened
- In another larger pan add a small amount of the sauce add some of the green onions and saute for one minute
- Add the broccoli to the pan and while it is cooking continually spoon sauce over it untill the broccoli is cooked
- Garnish with the rest of the green onions and sesame seeds
- Eat this as a side, over rice or throw some noodles in the pan for a one pot dish!