Easy and Inexpensive Recipes with Broccoli
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Easy and Inexpensive Recipes with Broccoli

Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 at 7:00 am
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Broccoli is in season in December.  You get the best prices on produce that is in season.  Here are some inexpensive recipes to put broccoli into. The best time to buy fresh produce is when it is in season. This is when it will be sold for the cheapest price! In December, there are some very healthy vegetables that just so happen to be in season. Now is the best time to put broccoli, one of my favorite foods, into some easy and inexpensive recipes. Try some of these!

5 Recipes with Broccoli

Broccoli Scrambled Eggs
If you love broccoli, then this will immediately sound good. This recipe came from Food.com. You need four large eggs, 1 cup of fresh broccoli, shredded cheese, and some salt, pepper, and ketchup. This is a lovely and fortifying recipe to start your day with.

Broccoli Casserole
Casseroles are great because they feed a lot of people on just a few, cheap, ingredients. The Food Network has a great broccoli casserole recipe from Chef Paula Dean. It calls for two 10 ounce packages of frozen chopped broccoli, (but you might be able to figure out a way to substitute fresh broccoli instead). The recipe includes butter, mayonnaise, grated cheddar, a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup, eggs, and crackers. You probably have most of that in your kitchen right now!

Sauteed Broccoli, Tomatoes, and Bacon
Everything tastes better with Bacon! This is a recipe for your family members who are somewhat picky eaters and who aren’t too sure if they like broccoli. The recipe came from Real Simple and it very simple. Basically, you saute bacon, broccoli florets, and cherry tomatoes, add some salt and pepper, and serve it.

Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli
I found this recipe at Bon Appetit. It is a wonderful way to take a comfort food – macaroni and cheese – and turn it into a more robust meal. The main ingredients are 5 cups of broccoli, 1 pound of skinless boneless chicken breasts, pasta shells, two kinds of cheese, chives, flour and whipping cream. This would be a great dinner on a cold Winter night.

Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews
AllRecipes.com has a quick and easy to make meal for a night when your family is pressed for time. It requires 1 and ½ pounds of fresh broccoli, 1/3 a cup of chopped salted cashews, some butter, soy sauce, white vinegar, brown sugar, and garlic. If you can make a stir fry, then you can do this!


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