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Irresistible broccoli

Courtesy of 5+A Day.

Once a hated vegetable, broccoli has made a comeback. Here are some tasty broccoli recipes to eat more of this healthy vegetable . . .

Broccoli and Parmesan Fritters


2 small or 1 medium head of broccoli

¾ cup parmesan cheese, grated

2 eggs

4 tablespoons flour (extra if mixture is too wet)

1 small clove garlic, minced

3 tablespoons fresh parsley, roughly chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

Pinch salt & freshly ground pepper


1 lime or lemon

Plain yoghurt


Roughly chop the broccoli florets into small pieces. There should be around 3 cups. Place in a bowl and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes to soften.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and add the Parmesan cheese, flour, garlic, parsley and salt and pepper. Stir in the broccoli and mix well to make a batter.

Heat the olive oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Scoop ¼ cup of batter and drop into the pan, gently flattening with a spoon.

Cook each side of the fritter for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Repeat with all of the batter.

Squeeze lime or lemon juice over the fritters and serve with yoghurt.

Serves: Makes 8 Fritters

Preparation: 10 minutes

Cooking: 10 minutes.


Broccoli Bake


2 broccoli heads, cut into pieces

3 cups spinach or silver beet, chopped roughly

150g of feta cheese cut into 1cm cubes

4 eggs

250g of cottage cheese

Salt and pepper

¼ cup grated edam cheese


Preheat oven to 200°C.

Place broccoli and feta cheese into the bottom of a lightly greased baking dish.

Wilt spinach or silver beet by placing in a bowl of hot water and drain.

Mix into the broccoli and feta.

Beat the eggs and cottage cheese together, season with salt and pepper, add to the vegetables.

Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake for 25-30 minutes until set.

Serves: 4

Preparation: 5 minutes

Cooking: 30 minutes.


Broccoli Steaks with Paprika and Chilli


1 large broccoli head

1 teaspoon ground paprika

1 teaspoon chilli flakes

2 tablespoons olive oil

Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 180˚C.

Cut down the middle of the broccoli and then slice again to make steaks of about 2.5cm thick (be sure to save the offcuts to use in another dish).

In an oven tray lined with baking paper, place broccoli steaks, drizzle over olive oil and sprinkle paprika, chilli flakes and pepper.

Bake for around 20 minutes, remove from oven and serve while hot with a squeeze of lemon.

Serves: 4 to 6

Preparation: 5 minutes

Cooking: 20 minutes.

Broccoli and Parmesan Fritters