Saturday, March 26, 2011

eating broccoli for my breakfast...... do you want to adopt brococli for your daily meal ? Do it now...


Broccoli is not only the dressy cousin of the plain Jane cauliflower , it has some serious credentials to its name . Not only the beta-carotenes and Vit C as great antioxidants , it has good amounts of Vit A , calcium iron and Magnesium . Broccoli contains indoles , which can help inactivate harmful estrogens that can promote the growth of tumors. Another compound sulphoraphane , promotes cells to produce cancer fighting enzymes . ..beta carotene and Vit C are other antioxidants helping fighting the causes of cancer . Apart from it antioxidants help keep you younger too ... No wonder Broccoli is among top 10 super foods...

I was not surprised to learn from my father , that broccoli is being grown and marketed even in small towns and he is getting it quite cheap , the reason being not many people know about this wonder food . Also , many people want to use broccoli in Indian style subzis and fail miserably .Not long ago , even cauliflower came to Indian shores from Europe and we embraced the plain Jane with gusto ... aloo gobi is the quintessential punjabi dish ( remember Bend It Like Beckham? ) ... Gobi manchurian in the south of India is as popular as vadas and idlies.... Broccoli is next to become a hot favorite...


If you are cooking broccoli for the first time , i would strongly recommend just steaming it for a few minutes and eat it as a salad with salt and pepper to taste . I like broccoli this way the most and once you get the taste of broccoli this way you would know what you want to do with this green goddess... Over cooking broccoli is not a good idea for it's nutritional value too...

Many a mornings my breakfast includes two fried eggs ( fried in ghee in a kadai for a nice round shape) and steamed broccoli with salt and pepper...see how i like my yolks runny...


I would strongly recommend not cooking broccoli till mushy as it spoils the taste . Half done or even raw broccoli will be a great idea and pastas and pasta like dishes will be loved by one and all...Some lentil based soups are also great , i have tried many red lentil and mung soups and loved them all . The Indian recipe which suits broccoli is the stuffed paratha ... Garlic loves broccoli and that is something you can use to your benefit...A stir fry with garlic is coming soon on this space ....

I found that including broccoli for breakfasts was way more convenient to me as it doesn't need much processing and saves time ...

Another favorite broccoli breakfast of mine is this one..


Broccoli , carrots and green peas quickly stir fried in ghee or butter (or any oil you prefer) , seasoned with salt and pepper and a few boiled eggs . A quick healthy breakfast...or dinner if you like it that way...

Another broccoli with eggs idea is this yummy omelet . For 2 eggs , 1.25 cup of grated or finely chopped broccoli , 3/4 cup of chopped coriander leaves , some green chillies and salt n pepper . Some grated cheese if you must , i like it without cheese too... Whip everything together and make an omelet like you make any cheese omelet...



We like this omelet as it is most of the times , with any kind of bread or wrapped in a whole wheat roti . This could be a breakfast or even a dinner for those busy days...someone tried this for breakfast today and loved it...

I know this post is going on and on ... I know that you are going to love me for this too...

Here is a step wise recipe for another omelet made the same way with another vegetable we enjoyed one day for a weekend brunch...


A cup of finely grated zucchini (about half a large, 300 gm zucchini) for 2 eggs , salt and pepper and some red chilly powder , i did not use cheese but ad some if you like ... whisk and see the eggs turning green...


Make an omelet and serve wrapped with chapatis ....we loved fresh organic tomatoes on the side....


Healthy food need not be boring ... and macrobiotic doesn't mean only cabbage and apples...

Add some wheat bran to the chapati dough and make it more fiber rich....the fiber coming from vegetables manipulates the Glycemic load of your meal and helps you stay trim ...


Some butter , ghee and egg yolks are not that bad to kick them off your diet , you need some good fats to allow your system to absorb and metabolize those antioxidant vitamins
( fat soluble ones ) ....
Add loads of vegetables to your meals whenever possible ...
Just eat colorful and be merry .....

20 comments:

  1. Sangeeta again same pinch,brocalli was part of the breakfast on fri....are some vibes going on...I love brocalli just cooked in a way that it still have a crunch & sprinkle with salt black peppr & some lemon juice.....infact whole family loves it that way...I use to make that kind of omelete a lot.....love that pic with runny yolk....

    btw reg. cricket me too check scores only if India is playing but if it's a match like coming wed. I watch....and have u seen HAttrick movie, if not see it it's interesting, specially with all the cricket fever going on among Indians...

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  2. Yes , i like it crunchy too Spice...

    I haven't see the movie as i am not much into movies as such .... will try and see it sometime :)

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  3. My tomorrow's breakfast is going to be zucchini omelette :)

    Love such demo posts - I know exactly how the mixture is supposed to look tomorrow morning :)

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  4. Yes ...IHM ...and my omelet is greener than yours ;)

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  5. LOL yes :) The broccoli was supposed to be grated, I simply chopped it... but loved eating it all the same. Great recipe :)

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  6. I will dfntly try your version..it is so healthy

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  7. very useful information about broccoli try it

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  8. love love love your recipes. great ideas to bring in different tastes with healthy twists.

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  9. Brocolli is a very hot favourite of mine and I use it in indian as well as chinese or any other dishes.

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  10. Look like a whole brunch idea with green... Love the green omelet :)

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  11. i love broccoli too.. great recipes and useful info..

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  12. Doesnt know well about broccoli.U have a great post about it.Will try to eat it.Thanks for dropping by.U have a wonderful space.glad to follow u too,

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  13. Cheers to discovering broccoli! Broccoli is a common Fall/winter vegetable in the U.S. it is a versatile vegetable that can be used for many dishes.
    Your recipes were good!

    Velva

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  14. love the crunch- and you got it so right! Perfect healthy breakfast- or dinner!!!

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  15. I am begining to love broccoli these days...and i agree with you I do not like it overcooked..
    I am amazed at your perfect circle fried eggs :) :) what a brilliant idea to use a kadai ....I would have loved to eat each one of these variations posted here, but I can't. Too bad. My family is in for a egg trat though :)

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  16. Lovely post!..not to mention very healthy breakfast!

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  17. Just tried broccoli omelet for the first time, and its simply amazing, loved the crunch of broccoli. I used chopped broccoli.. Have tried, mushrooms, potatoes(spanish omelet - tortilla de patatas ;-) earlier, one more variation to mundane omelet.... :)

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  18. Good Anonymous...now i know you will never be short of ideas for healthy breakfasts...:)

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  19. hi ssangeeta ...i am modifying my diet based on ur recipes...i have a problem..i am not able to view any of the pictures...only an exclamation symbol...???can u help?

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    1. Glad to know you are using my recipes to get back to healthy life. Sorry for the inconvenience of not being able to see the pictures. I lost all my pictures due to a technical glitch, I am working on it and all pictures will be restored very soon. Thanks for bearing with me.

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