[h4a] Broccoli is a one of nature’s super vegetables for heart health. It’s high in fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol, and can be used in hundreds of delectable recipes. [/h4a]

Like its cousins Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family of veggies that comes well-recommended for its vitamin alphabet. It is rich in Vitamin A for red blood-cell production, B vitamins for vitality, Vitamin C for antioxidants, and potassium for steady nerve and heart contractions. Broccoli’s year-round availability and extreme versatility make it a favorite on many menus worldwide.

Whether you steam it on stovetop or by microwave, broccoli maintains its bright green color, making it a colorful addition to any table.

Ingredients

    • 1 pound fresh broccoli, gently rinsed
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 small onion, peeled and sliced into ¼-inch thick rings
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons raisins
    • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
    • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste
    • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Preparation

Cut florets from broccoli stems, then slice stems crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Place florets and stems in a microwave-safe casserole with 2 tablespoons water. Cover dish and Microwave at HIGH for 3 to 3½ minutes or until broccoli is barely tender when pierced with a fork. Sprinkle with salt. In a medium skillet, sauté onion in oil until softened and lightly browned. Add broccoli, raisins, pine nuts and crushed red pepper; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender and heated through. Just before serving, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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