In 1990, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed he did not like broccoli, had never liked broccoli and would not eat broccoli again.
Unlike President Bush, my husband and I love broccoli. My husband likes broccoli with cheese sauce, but I like mine plain. We found the perfect compromise when I found the recipe for Broccoli with Lemon. Not only is it tasty, it's good for you and a lot healthier than broccoli with cheese sauce.
The recipe uses fresh broccoli which is loaded with nutrients. Fresh broccoli is available year round, but the peak season is April through October. When buying fresh broccoli, look for a deep green color, tightly closed buds and firm stalks. I use a 16 ounce package of broccoli florets, but you could cut a head of broccoli into florets. You'll need approximately 8 cups of florets for the recipe.
The broccoli is prepared by steaming rather than cooking it in boiling water. To steam food means to cook it on a rack over boiling liquid in a tightly covered container. Steaming food is a healthy way to cook because the food retains the nutrients. Not only that, the flavor, shape and texture remains intact too.
- The pan must be large enough to allow the steam to circulate. If it's too small, the food won't cook properly.
- The basket should never come in contact with the boiling liquid. Before I steam food, I put water in the pan and add the empty steamer basket to make sure the water is at the right level.
- You must use a tight fitting lid or the steam will escape. If your lid doesn't fit tightly, cover the top of the pan with foil and then add the lid.
- If you're steaming a large quantity of food, you'll need to stir the contents once or twice to ensure even cooking.