If you are roasting a chicken or other meat in the oven, save 1/4 cup of the fat drippings, and use to coat the broccoli instead of the olive oil. The variations on this are endless - include tiny baby carrots and cauliflower if desired.
This came from a ladies group that met once a month where everyone brought their favorite dish and worked the afternoon on fund raising projects. It has since become a favorite dish for Sunday dinners, and potlucks at our house.
This is a simple way to use up your left over mashed potatoes in a nice looking side. You can vary this recipe by using many different spices and seasonings, but I kept it simple for child care use. If you make more you can freeze and reheat!
From The Church Supper Cookbook, Edited by David Joachim, c. 2005. Recipe by Lina Storrs. Creamed broccoli with crunch and crumbs. I am posting the recipe as written, but omit the walnuts when I make this for personal preference. I use chicken-flavored Stovetop Stuffing for my seasoned stuffing mix.
We eat these green beans at least once a week and I haven't found anything to top them. The secret ingredient is the spice blend. I originally found this blend at Gordon Food Services in Michigan. (I have to have my mom ship it to me once a year; the 26 oz container of the spice lasts me about that long). I recently tripled the recipe and took them to work for a lunch for 20 people. Personally, I still like them better from the stove top but I would take them again in a crock pot knowing that I need to stir often so the beans on the outer edge do not get over done. (People did actually go back for seconds)
I like to find different ways to make broccoli and especially those ways that are good for you. The recipe is 2 points per serving for a total of 4 servings. This recipe is very cheesy. If you like your vegetables more in the natural state, add more broccoli. This could affect the points values, though.
These are so yummy--and oh so easy! I like to use frozen whole green beans versus the cut ones. If you can find the slender whole beans, that's even better! These can be made with fresh beans too, but you have to adjust the cooking time. Being that fresh bean season is so short, I usually use the frozen. For the sliced almonds, I really love "Roasted Garlic Caesar" Almond Accents made by Sunkist. These can usually be found in the produce or salad dressing section of your grocery store.