Monday, April 30, 2012

Lemon Parsley Broccoli

A simple and healthy side dish packed with flavor! A favorite trio of parsley, lemon and butter brightens up the broccoli. Great as a summer side dish. (Side note: try adding slivered almonds or pine nuts. Provides a great flavor and crunch!)

12 ounces of broccoli florets (stems trimmed to about 1 inch)
1 lemon
3 handfuls of fresh chopped parsley
4 tablespoons of butter substitute (such as I Can't Believe It's Not Butter) or olive oil 
Handful of toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds (optional)
Salt to taste

Combine lemon, parsley and butter substitute in a small bowl. Wisk together until well mixed. Steam broccoli for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes until desired softness. I like my broccoli cooked at about 3 minutes so there is still a slight crunch. Remove broccoli from heat and let cool about a minute in a medium size serving bowl. Poor lemon parsley mixture over the broccoli and gently toss to mix. Add salt to taste. Top with toasted almonds or pine nuts (optional).

Lemon Parsely Corn On The Cob

Today was storming in Miami Beach. The last thing I wanted to do after a long day of work was venture out in the storm to the grocery store. SO since I made a big pot of Cioppino over the weekend, I figured my husband and I can have that, and I would make a side dish from whatever was in the fridge at home. I happened to have both corn on the cob and broccoli in the fridge. So I was able to whip up an easy veggie side dish with just lemon, fresh parsley, salt and butter (in this case fat free butter substitute. I used I Can't Belive It's Not Butter, but any butter substitute will work perfectly fine. If you don't have, olive oil will work too). The combination of lemon, butter and parsley is the perfect trio for so many cooked veggies providing a fresh bright flavor to any dish.

4 ears of corn (husks removed)
2 handfulls of freshly chopped parsley
1 lemon
3 tablespoons of butter substitute (such as I Can't Believe It's Not Butter) or olive oi
Salt to taste

In a large saucepan bring salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, combine parsley, lemon and butter substitute in a small bowl. Whisk together so it's well mixed. Add salt to taste. Add corn to boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Remove corn and using a cooking and/or pastry brush, brush parsley mixture over ears of corn coating each side evenly. 
Serve and enjoy!