Wednesday, 11 September 2013

BROCCOLI

Hi peeps!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the crazy lady from CT. M; have one awesome bday hun and I'm sending you tons of bday hugs and squeezies! MWAHS.

Whenever I hear the word BROCCOLI, I am immediately reminded of that song that Patrick Star sends in to be recorded on Spongebob Squarepants. Anybody else seen that episode? He sings:

"Twinkle, Twinkle, Patrick Star,
I made myself a sandwich.
My mommy named it Fred,
It tastes like pizza-bacon,
And smells like it's been dead.
Writing is hard so I used a pointy pencil
Pointy, Pointy, Pointy, Pointy, Pointy, Point.
P.U., what's that horrible smell?
Drum solo!
(Drum Solo)
I have a head,
It ends in a point
Pointy, Pointy, Pointy, Pointy, Pointy, Point.
This song is over,
except for this line,
You win this round,
Broccoli!"

Its the same when I hear the word "mustard". I am reminded of the Mad Hatter in the animated version of Alice In Wonderland, "fixing" The Rabbit's funny pocket watch with jam, sugar, tea and mustard...."Mustard! Let's not get ridiculous now. Nobody likes mustard...".

Omw; yes. You can see I have kids. OH-KAY...now that I've gone from broccoli in Bikini Bottom and right round to mustard in Wonderland; let's get back to the topic now, shall we? Hahaha. RIGHT.

Moving on...........

Here are ten fun facts about broccoli thanks to google:
Broccoli is one of the healthiest green vegetables. It’s versatile, inexpensive and tastes great.
1) The word broccoli comes from the Latin word brachium and the Italian word braccio, which means “arm”. This was also a spell used in Harry Potter: The Chamber Of Secrets where Professor Lockhart uses Brachium Emendo on Harry's broken arm.
2). Broccoli is a part of the cabbage family.
3). Eating broccoli reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and death in postmenopausal women.
4) A compound found in broccoli appears to have more effect than modern antibiotics against the creation of peptic ulcer causing bacteria.
5) Broccoli comes in a variety of colors, ranging from deep sage all the way to dark green and purplish-green.
6) Tom “Broccoli” Landers holds the current world record for eating 1 pound of broccoli in 92 seconds.
7) Broccoli is high in Vitamins C, A, and folate and also soluble fiber.
8). It has been shown to fight cancer cells in lab tests.
9). It’s versatile in the kitchen, both as handy snacks, in soups, in salads, and finely chopped in homemade pesto.
10). California produces almost all the broccoli sold in the USA. Americans eat an average of 4# broccoli a year that’s 900% more than 20 years ago!

And on to the recipes for today: both you and the kiddies will love this one.

GREEN NOODLES
Ingredients
10 to 12 oz. pasta (any shape)
1 Tbs. margarine
1 1/2 C. chopped broccoli florets
1 C. frozen green peas, thawed
1/2 C. low-fat cottage cheese or crumbled silken tofu
1/2 C. low-fat milk, rice, milk, or soy milk
salt to taste
grated Parmesan cheese or Parmesan-style soy cheese

Directions
Cook pasta until al dente and drain. Transfer to container and toss with margarine.

Steam broccoli florets with a little bit of water in a saucepan or microwave. Steam until tender but still bright green. Add peas and steam or microwave until heated through. Combine vegetables with cottage cheese and milk in a food processor or blender and process until smoothly pureed.

Pour sauce over cooked pasta and toss to combine. Stir in additional milk if needed. Season with salt and Parmesan and serve

CHICKEN DIVAN
Ingredients
4 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts, split 2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 pkgs. frozen broccoli
7 slices processed cheese
3/4 C. mayo
1/4 tsp. mild curry
breadcrumbs (optional)

Directions
Cook broccoli until just separated. Mix mayo and curry together. Layer the broccoli, chicken and cheese in a 9" x 13" pan. Top with the mayo mixture and breadcrumbs if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

BABY BROCCOLI AND GARLIC
Ingredients
1 Tbs. olive oil
32 ounces broccoli
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed

Directions
Peel and slice 2 medium heads of broccoli. Separate the flowerets into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Crush the garlic with a garlic press.

In deep 12 inch skillet, heat 1 Tbs. oil over medium high heat. Add broccoli and salt; cook 4 minutes, tossing vegetables to coat well. Add garlic and remaining 1 tsp. oil, and cook 1 minute longer, stirring. Add 3 Tbs. water; cook broccoli 2 minutes longer or until tender crisp
-thanks to recipe4living for these awesome recipes! Hope ya'll enjoy them.

*weird bikini bottom broccoli with wonderland's mad hatter mustard hugs*
Chef Shants xxxxx

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