Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Roasted Broccoli

Posted by 8 years ago 10 Comments

It’s been WAAAAY to long! I can’t believe how much I’ve missed not only cooking but posting my ideas here on GreenLiteBites. I can’t promise consistent recipes as we will be unpacking for awhile but I am making an effort to cook and will try out a few new ideas as I have time. LIke this one for a simple side dish.

I wanted broccoli but I’m bored with simply nuking frozen or steaming fresh so I decided to roast it. Boy I’m glad I did! What an awesome way to prepare boring old broccoli! Some of the edges scorch and the florets soften without getting mushy. Seriously, it’s awesome!

The toddler was first thrown off by the brown spots but he ate his and seemed to enjoy them. The husband? Not impressed. Honestly, he’s boring. He’s prefer simply unflavored broccoli and that’s cool. But he’s gonna have to deal with me mixing in SOME flavor now and then. ;)Roasted Broccoli

  • 2 heads of broccoli
  • non-stick cooking spray, preferably the olive oil kind
  • Salt and Pepper
  • About a 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • zest of 1 lemon with a bit of the juice from a small lemon
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Clean and cut the broccoli drying thoroughly.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Spread the broccoli on the sheet and spray again. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Roast for 20 minutes until the florets soften and begin to brown on the edges. Remove from heat and toss the broccoli with the zest, a squeeze of the lemon juice and Parmesan cheese.


Here’s a little pre and post. Notice my little “Super Ryan.” He loves that costume!

roasted broccoli beforeroasted broccoli after

To save myself some time tonight I’m skippig the nutritional information. The only thing we are adding is a bit of fat through the spray and the cheese. I’d count it as 3 servings about a point each but that’s just me. :)

Oh! and I served with chicken and sweet potatoe fries!

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    September 22, 2009

    Sounds good. I LOVE lemon on broccoli.

    Krista S.

    September 22, 2009

    I love roasted broccoli! I've been grilling it on my outdoor grill all summer. I just place the fresh spears on there, unadorned and let them cook and get a slightly smokey flavor and then pull them off when they are just crisp-tender and a little roasty looking on the edges. Awesome.


    September 22, 2009

    Roni, are those sweet potato fries?

    Jeri Lyn

    September 22, 2009

    Hi Roni!! It's great to have a post on Green Lite Bites. I actually get excited when I see a new post on Green Lite Bites or Roni's Weigh. Don't worry about us though, we understand you're very busy right now & that you'll post when you can. Just know that your posts are greatly appreciated whenever I see them. The roasted broccoli looks great & I will have to try soon. I love roasted cauliflower!! I use similar spices & sometimes dip in mustand & I swear it tastes just like tater tots. You should give it a try with Ryan & let him dip in ketchup, i'm sure he'd love it. P.S. Your new home is beautiful!!

    Jac @ Wuzzlemakesthree

    September 23, 2009

    That looks positively delicious! I'm going to try that tomorrow night for supper! (And I love "Super Ryan" in the background! That is too cute!)


    September 24, 2009

    I just had some sweet potato fries yesterday. Mine got all burnt. How long should they go in the oven for? Your roasted broccoli looks delicious. Great way to get your husband and toddler to eat more veggies.


    September 24, 2009

    Check out this... Usually 425 for 20-30 minutes works great! Depending on thickness of course. :)


    September 25, 2009

    Do you ever use parchment paper instead of foil to line cookie sheets? No need to spray it.


    September 25, 2009

    i've been making this a lot lately - LOVE it. i have just been using salt and pepper and olive oil so i'm excited to try your lemon and parmesan twist. glad you're back to cookin', roni - it's gonna make you feel good and i love your recipe ideas. thanks as always for sharing them!


    September 28, 2009

    Karol - You know.. I don't but it's a good idea. I need to keep some on hand.