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15-Minute Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli Recipe

What better way to jazz up your veggies than with some cheese?
15-Minute Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli RecipeMitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

We don’t need to tell you the importance of eating your greens, do we?  Well, here’s a pro-tip (yes, we are professionals) from our dinner table to yours: Roasting any vegetable can take it from something you should eat to something you want to eat seconds of. This simple roasting technique can be applied to many different types of vegetables, like asparagus, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and red potatoes. Of course, the cooking times will vary depending on the vegetable of choice (asparagus will be done in less than 10 minutes; potatoes will take closer to 30), but the results are always satisfying, and it’s a great way to persuade you to eat your vegetables and actually like them.

Broccoli especially is an excellent choice for roasting. This veggie is low in carbs and high in fiber and water content, so it will keep you full and satiated. It’s only 31 calories and six total carbs for 1 cup of chopped broccoli. Not only is it high in vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate, but broccoli can also help improve calcium absorption, fight skin damage, and prevent constipation.

Yes, you might’ve hated broccoli as a child, but now that you know the importance of eating veggies, it’s worth revisiting. But how? This simple, straightforward, 4-ingredient recipe uses just a bit of Parmesan cheese for a nice bit of flavoring, while still letting the roasted broccoli really shine through. Plus, the whole thing can be ready in less than 15 minutes, so it’s a great side dish to meal prep for the week or bring together when you’re running late on weeknights. You probably already have these ingredients in your pantry anyway!

Nutrition: 100 calories, 5 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 220 mg sodium

Serves 4

You’ll Need

1 head broccoli, cut into florets, bottom part of the stem removed
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

How to Make It

  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F.
  2. Toss broccoli with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and spread out evenly on a baking sheet.
  3. Roast in the oven until the broccoli is tender and lightly browned, about 12 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven, toss with the cheese, and serve.

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