Broccolini is a cross between broccoli and kai-lan, a chinese broccoli. It is slightly sweeter than broccoli, and its stalks are thinner so it cooks quicker. I love it when I need to prepare a healthy, fast side dish. Broccolini has great health benefits such as having anti-inflammatory properties, cancer fighting benefits, high antioxidants and more (below). This recipe for Broccolini with Pumpkin Seeds is one of my new family favorites. My kids ate this with no complaints. This recipe is also gluten-free on the paleo diet, and is a super healthy side to add to your weeknight dinner table.
5 Health Benefits of Broccolini:
1. It has beta carotene which helps boost your immune system.
2. It has high levels of vitamin K and Calcium which is great for bone health.
3. It is high in fiber so it aids in digestion, curbs overeating and maintains blood sugar levels.
4. Broccolini is high in Vitamin A and C which help boost immune system, contribute to better vision and helps boost metabolism.
5. Broccolini is high in potassium which is good for the nervous system, promoting brain function and muscle growth.
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Broccolini with Pumpkin Seeds
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 pound broccolini
3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Add broccolini, pumpkin seeds and walnuts, and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until broccolini is crisp-tender. Top with goat cheese and serve immediately.