Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that’s a fantastic source of calcium, potassium, vitamins, and fiber. It also contains plant compounds called phytonutrients and other antioxidants. According to the Mayo Clinic, eating broccoli may help prevent heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. The problem with eating broccoli for many people, myself included, is that it just doesn’t taste that good unless you load it with cheese and other unhealthy stuff. That’s where this easy broccoli recipe comes in handy.
I combined broccoli and thin-sliced turnips with some fresh melted mozzarella cheese, a hint of lemon juice, and some roasted squash seeds for a nice crunchy texture. Fresh mozzarella is lower in calories, fat, and sodium than most cheeses, so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating it.
This recipe doesn’t take long to make, and it’s low in calories (115), fat (8 g), and carbs (4 g). If you’re looking for another easy broccoli recipe, check out my recipe for Oven Roasted Vegetables.
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Ingredients: Easy Broccoli Recipe with Melted Mozzarella Cheese & Squash Seeds
- 1 bunch of broccoli
- 1 turnip
- 3 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese
- 2 T squash seeds
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 T fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- Black pepper (to taste)
1. Pre-heat oven to 300. Cook squash seeds for 30-35 minutes and set aside.
2. Increase oven temperature to 425. While oven is heating up, rinse broccoli, cut off the stems, and cut into bite-sized pieces. Peel and cut turnip into thin 1.5-inch strips.
3. Season cut up vegetables with olive oil, salt, and pepper and top with thin slices of mozzarella cheese.
4. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
5. Top with seeds and squirt lemon juice on top before serving.
115 calories, 8 g fat, 4 g carbs (1.5 g fiber), 6 g protein, 303 mg sodium