Lemon Garlic Broccoli

"A great basic recipe for a fast side dish - who doesn't like to dress up their veggies? I use regular olive oil as I haven't found the "O Olive Oil" called for in the recipe yet - but posted it as written. Also like to sprinkle with a little (light) bit of freshly shredded/grated Parmesan cheese for a nice twist. Another nice, quick and easy recipe from Sandra Lee on the Food Network - work night meals woohoo!! Check out the other recipes from this episode that compliment this well:Lemon-Herb Butter-Basted Chicken, Lemon Chicken Soup, Lemon Pudding Brulee with Blueberries, and a nice Lemon Cream Martini. YUMMY!! ;)"
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Ready In:


  • 12 ounces broccoli florets
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon olive oil (Suggested brand- O Olive Oil)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • three-cheese blend, for garnish (to taste)


  • Add broccoli florets, lemon zest, minced garlic, lemon olive oil, and 1 tablespoon water to a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Stir to coat completely.
  • Cover bowl with plastic and microwave on high for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Check for tenderness; cook 1 more minute if needed.
  • Sprinkle lemon juice over broccoli and toss to coat.
  • Season to taste with salt and black pepper (add a light sprinkle of parmesan cheese (three cheese blend is my preference) if desired).
  • Serve immediately.
  • Enjoy! ;).

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  1. Very good!! I quick cooked it in a pan instead of the microwave. I have some lemon olive oil I got from an olive store. Yum!
  2. Delicious and soooo easy. I fixed this as written and used a Meyer lemon from our tree here in CA. Served with Mommy Diva's recipe#230220#230220 and it made a wonderful meal. Made for Cook-A-Thon for Mommy Diva.
  3. I really liked this. Enjoyed that it was quick and different twist on "same ol broccoli". Thanks so much!!
  4. What a great, quick and easy side. This is perfect those busy week nights when you get home late. The lemon and garlic give great flavor with out loading on the calories. Will be making again. Thanks for the post.
  5. From a girl who dislikes most veggies, thank you for this gem! I love how quick this is and the wonderful flavor the lemon adds. I normally don't mess with zest, but I'm glad I did :)



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