Love your greens- 3 things you can do with broccoli

Broccoli is not a favourite with children, yet comes packed with healthy goodness. Following recipes guarantee you a tasty and healthy food option for your child.

Soup: Sauté 3 chopped garlic cloves and 2 chopped onions in one table spoon of olive oil. Add 1 chopped potato, carrot and celery stalk; fry till done. Add 3 cups broccoli florets. Crush 1tsp dried basil; stir in. Pour 2 cups of stock. Season; simmer until veggies are cooked through. Cool; blend until it is smooth. Bring it to a boil. Garnish with a swirl of cream.

Bake: Prepare one packet mushroom soup as directed on the packet; keep aside. Saute 2 chopped garlic cloves and 2 finely chopped onions; fry until translucent. Add 2 cups chopped broccoli florets, 1 chopped carrot, 1 cup chopped mushrooms and 1 deseeded and chopped red bell pepper; sauté for a few minutes. Add the mushroom soup; season and bring it to a boil. Boil 11.2 cups fusilli (corkscrew) pasta; drain and mix with the vegetable sauce. Pour the contents into an oven-proof dish; top with breadcrumbs and a few blobs of butter. Bake in a preheated oven at 160.C for about 20 minutes until it is golden on top. Serves 4.

Parantha: Grate 1 broccoli and mix with 2 chopped onions, 2tsp grated ginger, 1tsp chopped pudina (mint), 2 chopped green chillies, 1tsp garam masala, 1.2 tsp red chilli powder and salt to taste. Knead atta as you would for rotis; roll out, put a portion of filling in the centre and close potli-style. Roll out the parantha; cook on a tawa using oil. Serve hot.


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