Have you tried Broccolini? It is Broccoli’s Italian cousin and sometimes referred to as “baby broccoli” It looks very similar to broccoli, but it is much thinner with smaller florets and longer, skinnier stems. The flavor is also slightly sweeter than broccoli and it also cooks faster. A classic Italian combination is Broccolini with White Beans. Here we will sauté them in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and fresh lemon juice. This recipe can easily be doubled to eat as a complete vegetarian main course.
Let’s talk about the nutrition factor! What you eat does make a difference in your overall health and how you feel. Broccolini is high in fiber, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A, Iron and Calcium. White Beans are an excellent source of protein, fiber, Folate, Iron, antioxidants and promote healthy gut bacteria. A healthy gut microbiome aids in your overall health including your immune system, digestion, sleep, inflammation, and mood.
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- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4 Garlic Cloves, sliced thin
- 1 can Organic White Beans, rinsed and drained
- Zest of one lemon
- 1 Bunch of Broccolini, stems trimmed
- ½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
- ½ Teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
- Juice of one lemon (make sure you zest it before you juice it!)
- Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Heat the Olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant and beginning to soften.
- Add the beans and lemon zest, stir to combine. Cook for 4 minutes for the flavors begin to combine.
- Add the brocollini and lemon juice and season with the sea salt and pepper,
- Saute for approximately 5 minutes until broccolini is cooked but still has its bright green color. Remove from heat and check for seasoning. Add more sea salt and pepper if needed
- Top with Parmesan Cheese if using