18 Healthy Broccoli Recipes

Sauteed Broccoli

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Broccoli earns its reputation as a health food for a lot of reasons. The green vegetable is high in fiber and in vitamins C and K, and it's a solid source of folate. You can prepare it in a myriad of ways, so it fits in well with just about any cuisine or nutritional plan. If you're looking for some new delicious and health-minded ideas for broccoli, these breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes will provide some inspiration.

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    Vegan Lemon Pasta With Pine Nuts and Broccoli

    Lemon pasta with pine nuts and broccoli

    The Spruce / Emily Hawkes

    Calling for a small list of ingredients, this easy-to-prepare vegan pasta with pine nuts and broccoli will become a weeknight go-to. Briefly steam the broccoli while the pasta is cooking and top with fresh lemon, garlic, and crunchy pine nuts for a healthy meal. Sprinkle with a little grated parmesan cheese if you're not vegan.

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    Vegan Broccoli Quiche

    Vegan Broccoli Quiche

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    Made with tofu instead of eggs, vegan quiche has the texture you're looking for without the animal products. Broccoli and mushrooms add delicious flavor and nutrition. Add a few sprinkles of nutritional yeast to the mixture for a hint of cheesy goodness.

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    Thai Stir-Fried Noodles With Vegetables

    Thai stir fried noodle recipe

    The Spruce / Haley Hazell

    Tender-crisp vegetables and chewy noodles are stir-fried together with a Thai-inspired sauce for an easy lunch or dinner. Cooked and diced chicken or flaked salmon can be added to the stir-fried noodles for a dose of protein.

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    Roasted Broccoli With Ginger

    Roasted Brocoli

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    Broccoli is delicious when roasted—it emerges crisp and flavorful, perfect for serving alongside your choice of main dish. Fresh ginger and garlic add some oomph to this roasted broccoli recipe, making it a nice accompaniment for salmon.

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    Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten-Free Quinoa Salad

    Quinoa salad

     The Spruce

    Quinoa is technically a seed, but it cooks and eats like a grain, making it a great choice for gluten-free, high-protein meals. Tossed with a simple vinaigrette and fresh, crispy vegetables, this quinoa salad is a lovely lunch or hearty side dish for dinner.

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    Low-Fat Broccoli Soup

    Broccoli soup recipe

    The Spruce / Alexandra Shytsman

    With the addition of potato and skim milk, this broccoli soup is deliciously creamy but still low fat. Use vegetable broth or nut/seed milk to make the satisfying soup vegan, and make extra for a quick lunch the next day.

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    Easy Broccoli Slaw With Raisins

    Easy broccoli slaw

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    Raw broccoli and shredded cabbage make this broccoli slaw crisp and crunchy, the perfect side dish for veggie burgers or grilled chicken. Raisins or dried cranberries add a little sweetness and a nice textural contrast. Swap the sour cream for plain yogurt if you like.

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    Quick Broccoli With Oyster Sauce

    Quick Broccoli With Oyster Sauce

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Broccoli with oyster sauce is a popular side dish at American Chinese restaurants and is easy to prepare at home. The green veggie is ready in just 15 minutes—whip it up for your next weeknight meal.

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    Gluten-Free Broccoli Tots

    Broccoli tots beauty image 2

     The Spruce / Morgan Walker

    If you're desperately looking for a way to get your kids to eat a green vegetable, try turning broccoli into tater tots. Blanched broccoli is combined with potatoes, spices, almond flour, and flax and formed into cute tots before being baked. Broccoli tots can easily be frozen and baked later for a quick and easy snack.

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    Ground Turkey Stir-Fry

    Ground Turkey Stir-Fry

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    A one-dish meal that's ready in 30 minutes flat—what's not to love? Put a pot of rice on to simmer before you start the ground turkey stir-fry for an ultra-fast dinner. For a bit of spice, add freshly grated ginger or diced chili along with the garlic.

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    Fat-Free Vegan Pasta Salad

    Fat free vegan pasta salad

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    This classic pasta salad recipe has a nice mixture of flavors, textures, and colors. It's also vegan and low-cholesterol, and can be served as a filling lunch or as a side dish to picnic fare like grilled mushroom burgers.

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    Sautéed Broccoli

    Sauteed Broccoli

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    Quickly steamed and then cooked with garlic and lemon juice, sautéed broccoli is a versatile side dish that's easy to prepare. Try adding a pinch of red pepper flakes for a bit of heat or a drizzle of soy sauce for a touch of umami.

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    Raw Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

    Raw Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Eating broccoli raw makes its antioxidant sulforaphane more available to your body. This raw cream of broccoli soup is creamy thanks to raw cashews and flavorful thanks to a mixture of herbs and spices. You'll achieve the best texture with a high-powered blender like a Vitamix.

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    Mini Crustless Broccoli Quiches

    Broccoli Mini Quiches, Crustless

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Mini broccoli quiches are a fun, handheld breakfast or brunch appetizer. You can't beat the combination of broccoli and cheese—even kids will reach for more. Making them crustless subtracts some fat and keeps them low-carb.

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    Thai Stir-Fried Vegetables With Garlic, Ginger, and Lime

    Thai vegetable stir-fry recipe with ginger and lime

    The Spruce / Ali Redmond

    For a quick meal with plenty of flavor, make Thai stir-fried vegetables. The coconut milk sauce with lime juice and fish sauce makes the dish a nice balance of salty, sour, and just a little sweet. You can swap out some of the veggies for whatever you have on hand.

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    Lemon and Garlic Broccoli

    Lemon and Garlic Broccoli

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Steamed broccoli gets an upgrade when tossed with fresh lemon, garlic, and a little butter. It's a super quick dish when you need something green to serve with your roast chicken or fish. To make lemon and garlic broccoli vegan, swap the butter for vegan margarine.

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    Vegan Broccoli and Tofu in Garlic Sauce

    Broccoli and tofu in garlic sauce

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    Firm tofu pairs nicely with tender-crisp broccoli in this Chinese-inspired dish. Ginger and soy sauce flavor the simple sauce, which can be adjusted according to taste. Serve vegan broccoli and tofu with sriracha hot sauce for spice lovers.

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    Grilled Broccoli for a Pan or Outdoor Grill

    Grilled Broccoli with Parmesan, photo by Katie Workman/themom100.com

    The Spruce / Katie Workman

    Broccoli is not only delicious raw, steamed, sautéed, and roasted, it's also great on the grill. This recipe for grilled broccoli can be used with outdoor grills or indoor grill pans. You can even grill broccoli on a two-sided grill (like a George Foreman).