Grilled Broccoli and Lemons



I’m not sure if this is as much a recipe as it is a reminder or suggestion of how to step up your broccoli serving ideas. Honestly, I love broccoli, I don’t think it’s boring, bland or blech…and if you do, you just need to tap into your creativity and come up with a way you can enjoy it.  Why miss out on the healthy vitamins broccoli brings to the table.

When it comes to basic nutrients, broccoli is a mother lode. Ounce for ounce, boiled broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange and as much calcium as a glass of milk, (according to the USDA’s nutrient data). One medium spear has three times more fiber than a slice of wheat bran bread. And broccoli is also one of the richest sources of vitamin A in the produce section.  Convinced yet? Broccoli  has also been found to be rich in substances called isothiocyanates chemicals shown to stimulate the body’s production of its own cancer-fighting substances, called phase two enzymes. According to researchers, these enzymes, in turn, neutralize potential cancer-causing substances before they have a chance to damage the DNA of healthy cells.  Eat-up people.

So how can we get our kids to eat more broccoli? I wish I knew.  I have one son who will munch “the trees off the trunks” and another who would pass out if broccoli made it into his mouth.  Go figure.

I am grateful to now have an indoor grill which has made making veggies a new-fun-daily experience.  However, you don’t need an indoor grill…if you are firing up outside, throw your broccoli spears on with the meat.  Grilling the lemons and then squeezing them onto the finished spears creates another layer of flavor.  It’s just dang good.

Everyone has been asking…how is my ankle? Thank you for all of your kind wishes and heartfelt get well messages, I am humbled by your outpouring of love!  Anyway, my ankle is still swollen, but the swelling in my toes/leg has gone down a bit.  This is a good thing, as the sausage-look of my foot makes me gag a little.   Yesterday was the best it looked…however, last night we poured our wines at a wine-celebration event at the Oregon State Fair.  It was not a long evening (4 hours), but add in set-up/take down in 90 degree+ heat…well, I’m quite sore this morning. I’m hoping this did not set me back a month in regards to the healing process.  I can walk “somewhat well” in my boot-cast (which is probably not a good thing since I do more than I should) but when the boot is off, I need crutches.  I still have a house full of boxes to put away and organize from our move, but it’s too hard to bend down with the constrictive nature of this leg-squeezing apparatus.  Oh well, life is just a series of experiences…some better than others.

So, eat your broccoli, you’re mother was right when she told you it was good for you!

And by the way, broccoli is amazingly-fantastical with our Pinot Blanc!  Try it together…you’ll see!

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Cut 1 bunch of broccoli into about 8 large spears and cut lemons in halves or in quarters, whatever you choose.  In a large bowl, toss with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Grill the broccoli and lemons over medium heat, turning occasionally until the spears are tender and slightly charred, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Squeeze the lemons over the broccoli and drizzle with additional olive oil.

Grilled Broccoli and Lemons

1 bunch of broccoli
2 lemons, halved or quartered
2 Tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Salt & pepper

Cut 1 bunch of broccoli into about 8 large spears and cut lemons in halves or in quarters, whatever you choose. In a large bowl, toss with a couple tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the broccoli and lemons over medium heat, turning occasionally until the spears are tender and slightly charred, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Squeeze the lemons over the broccoli and drizzle with additional olive oil.

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7 Comments

  1. angela 1

    This is my favorite kind of post. Something I can do right away without a big list and I’m so in the mood for broccoli and just bought a big bag of lemons. Simple, but still blog worthy.

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  2. Krissa 2

    I was in a boot cast last August for a fractured ankle… It is not fun at all. Try to stay off it as long as you can- I did way too much too soon and kept setting myself back! I hope you feel better soon! :)

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  3. Tammy 3

    I’m so glad I love broccoli! I’ve never grilled it though, I’ll have to try that.

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  4. pam 4

    I have never tried grilling broccoli!

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  5. This is a really great idea! I have never grilled broccoli before!

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  6. Broccoli is one of the most eaten veggies in my home since it’s one of the few that SPP both like. I often roast it and then cover it in garlic butter and stick it under the broiler for extra crispiness. I do have an indoor grill, so maybe it’s time to play with that for a bit.

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  7. nancy 7

    i peel broccoli stems and asparagus stems and roast them, your suggestion is soooo much better for hot weather.

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