Cooking in Season // Broccoli

Ripe Broccoli Cabbage Isolated on White

It’s a lean, mean, Vitamin C machine! There is 135% of the Daily Recommended Value of Vitamin C in just one cup of broccoli. That’s as much Vitamin C as an orange! Adding more broccoli to your diet is a great way to give our immune system a healthy boost.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin. This means that it is not stored in the body, and we must replenish it every day. However, Vitamin C is often destroyed through food preparation or cooking. So, what can we do to retain the Vitamin C when preparing broccoli? Boiling can leach up to 90% of the nutrients from broccoli. Instead of boiling try steaming, roasting, stir-frying, and microwaving – or enjoy it raw.

Broccoli is a cool season crop, which means it is in season in Utah this time of year. Because it is in season, it is usually less expensive at the grocery store, more colorful and full of flavor, and at its peak of nutrition. Click here to check out Top 10 Ways to Use Broccoli.

My favorite broccoli recipe is simple. Serve Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Parmesan as a side dish or make it a main course by serving it on a bed of rice topped with grilled chicken.

How will you include this lean, mean, Vitamin C machine in your meals? Enjoy!

Candi Merritt

Certified Nutrition Education Ambassador

Categories: Create Amazing Veggies

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