Best Broccoli Side

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Don’t you love a dinner you can sit down to with the whole family, and not one person complains about what is on their plate? I like to call that an NC dinner- a No Complaint dinner. With 5 of us, ranging from two years old to adult, an NC dinner is a tough task. I will share with you my NC meals, and hopefully they will be a hit with your family too!

Best Broccoli Side

This No Complaint is simple, with only a few ingredients and a ton of flavor.

Fresh broccoli (about 4 pounds)
Garlic…lots, a whole heaping pile (5 large cloves)001Toss broccoli and garlic with olive oil (enough to coat, about 1/4 cup) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.006Roast at 425 for 25 minutes, or until tips of broccoli start to brown at the tips. This is the carmelization that makes it so yummy.

Tip: make sure broccoli is in a single layer on your sheet pan, or it will steam instead of roast.

Check once during the cooking time to make sure the garlic isn’t getting too brown. Over cooked garlic is bitter. (Usually if this happens, there isn’t enough oil.)007


Variations: drizzle on soy sauce immediately after taking it out of the oven. Or, sprinkle with Parmesan. Or, squeeze a lemon over it. This side can be altered to fit whatever regional cuisine the rest of the meal is!


  1. 1

    I may have to try this tonight. Thanks!

  2. 2

    I’ve been roasting broccoli a lot lately–but without the garlic. I’m going to have to try it that way next time, as my family loves garlic!

  3. 3

    This is my favorite way to make broccoli, although I might use more garlic than you. We really try hard to repel vampires in my house.

  4. 4

    I always forget about roasting my broccoli!! great idea, I’ll do this tomorrow!

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    I’m always trying to find ways to convince myself to eat more veggies! I fell in love with kale and squash last year and this could be the first date for me and Broccoli. It looks simple enough that even I could handle cooking it. Thanks for the great idea to keep it from getting mushy. Or forcing me to cover it with so much cheese, it’s hard to recognize the broccoli. Have a great week!

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    LOVE IT! I am trying this next week! thanks!!!

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