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Recipe: Easy Lemon-Garlic Broccoli

Thursday, December 6, 2012

I love lemon and garlic together. I love most green vegetables. I love this broccoli with garlic and lemon.

Lately, I've been hearing a lot of people telling me that they don't eat vegetables because it's way too hard. Because they go bad or because they take too much time and preparation. So here I am, showing you this recipe, and telling you that you literally need a knife, a pan, and three or four basic ingredients to make this. You don't even need a cutting board, which I know, because I made this at Rob's apartment, and they don't  have one.

I got pre-washed, already cut broccoli in a bag because I wanted to show you just how easy this can be.

Technically, you don't even need a knife, because you could totally just use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic. And you could claw the lemon open with your bare hands. You know what? Maybe you should just get a knife. That'd be best.

Makes enough for two big servings.
A bag of pre-washed, already cut broccoli
(You can buy it however you'd like--wash it yourself if you want!)
One lemon
One clove of garlic or some powdered garlic
(You can use one or both. I use both.)
A couple tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Heat up a pan with some olive oil.
2. Smash a clove of garlic and add it to the hot pan.
3. Add the broccoli. Don't pile it up--try to let each piece touch the pan.
(If I'm working with a small pan, I cook the broccoli in two batches.)
4. Add salt, pepper, and some garlic powder if you want.
5. Once it's been cooking for a minute or two, stir everything around.
6. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice over the cooking broccoli.
7. It's done when it turns a dark, bright green and some of the leaves are charred a bit.
8. Turn off the heat and give it another squeeze of lemon. Taste it to see if you need more salt, pepper, or garlic powder.

Eat your vegetables.


  1. oh yum! i've never added garlic to my veggies usually oregano

  2. garlic makes EVERYTHING better. (luckily, Jon agrees with me on this or he'd never kiss me!)

    I actually steam by broccoli in the microwave (yes, really!) first and then throw it in the pan just to crisp up the outsides. yum!

  3. LOL!! i find the idea of someone clawing open a lemon with their bare hands HILARRRRRRRRRRRRRRIOUS!!!

  4. MMM looks delicious. I love adding nutritional yeast to veggies that I am cooking in a pan as well - it's SO yummy and adds some other vitamins

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

    1. Sounds good! I've never used it before!

  5. Haha, I LOVE this post! It made me laugh and this is exactly how I eat broccoli, too! One of my favorite vegetables! Thanks for the morning chuckle :)

    1. I'm so glad I could make you laugh this morning!

  6. The first time I saw the photo, I wondered how you made it. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. Looks delicious! I love tossing some lemon and garlic or just salt and pepper in with most veggies, it tastes great!

    xo, Kenzie


    1. It really is good with pretty much anything!

  8. so much sass in this post. I like it.

  9. Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best! Usually I eat brocolli steamed but this is a great way...definitely must give this a try! Visiting from Grow Your Blog Link Party and now following you!

  10. Hi I found you through the blog hop :-) I am your newest follower dear, feel free to visit my blog anytime :-)

    kisses Pakize (Keke)


  11. This sounds delicious and broccoli is one of my favorite veggies. Found you through Follow Friday and now I'm a new follower!
    Penniless Socialite

  12. I'm a firm believer that garlic can make any dish taste better, especially if it will get me to eat my veggies. Found you through follow friday, love your blog!

  13. This recipe looks like something I'd love! Thankfully, both my Husband and I love garlic, so I get the free pass to use tons of it when I cook. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I'm visiting from the Hello Indigo hop and I really like you blog design!

  14. This looks delicious. I have to find a broccoli alternative because my boyfriend HAAATES broccoli and I love it. Or you know what, forget him. More for me!

  15. Yum! I love broccoli prepared like this. I can't understand people who say cooking vegetables is too hard! This is super easy.


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