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Random tip: eat your broccoli stalks

Broccolistalks

We eat a ton of broccoli in this house. It's one of the few veggies my kids enjoy, and hub and I find it quite tasty indeed. What has killed me all of these years is paying for and then tossing the big old stalks in the compost. (Actually I chop them up before throwing in the compost so they break down faster.) I know you can buy just the broccoli crown in some grocery stores (though I never see this option at my New Seasons) but it also costs more. Recently I came across an article in the Oregonian's FoodDay, which has made me fall in love with broccoli all over again. You can eat the stalks! (Forehead slap.) Yes, just use a vegetable peeler to remove the hard exterior, chop it and cook it however you typically cook broccoli. It has this mild, nutty flavor that three out of four broccoli lovers in my house enjoy.

We like to roast our broccoli, so here's what I do: remove the florets, peel the stalk and slice it into 1/4" rounds. Toss everything in olive oil with some salt & pepper and roast in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Delish! Living the Frugal Life likes to add stalks to fried rice, and she has some nice visuals of the whole process. And I just remembered that I've made a yummy broccoli soup that also uses the stalks.

I'm telling you, it's these little things that can totally make my day.

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