To start you off on the right foot this Lenten season, here’s a very simple, tasty vegetable side dish you’ll want to make. To cut down on preparation time, today’s markets offer already cut fresh broccoli and cauliflower in the produce department, making this dish a snap to prepare. The addition of sesame oil delivers a slightly nutty flavor which elevates these veggies to a higher level!
|Baked Broccoli and Cauliflower|
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
each of dried oregano and dried basil, if desired.)
|Broccoli – cauliflower florets|
1. Wash broccoli and cauliflower; cut into florets.
Add enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to
medium and cook until vegetables are tender-crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain, and
run cold water over florets to stop the cooking process.
Time-saving Tip: The broccoli and cauliflower florets can be microwaved in a microwave-safe bowl with 2 to 3 Tbsp. water. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, poking holes in the plastic cover. Cook on high power for 3 to 4 minutes. (Avoid overcooking them in the microwave, as they will continue bake in the oven.) Drain, rinse with cool water. Continue with recipe as directed.
|Bread crumb-sesame seed topping|
3. In a small bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, dried herbs and sesame seeds, if using. Set aside.
dish with 2-inch sides that’s large enough to hold them. Add the olive oil, sesame oil, garlic, salt and pepper; toss to
coat vegetables. Spread the florets evenly in the baking dish; sprinkle the bread crumb mixture to cover the vegetables. Drizzle a little extra olive oil on top.