Saturday, November 9, 2013

Bodacious Broccoli Salad

Excellent, Admirable, Attractive. Yes, that is the definition of bodacious, and I thought these were the most appropriate words for my newest creation.

Broccoli. Do you also have difficulty spelling this word? I always struggle to remember whether there are two c's or two l's... Sometimes I also struggle finding a way to like raw broccoli... but never fear! Bodacious Broccoli Salad is here! You will love it, and for many more reasons than the fact that it is absolutely delicious.

"Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins K, C, and A, as well as folic acid and fiber." What a combo! "And It is also a very good source of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and the vitamins B6 and E. It also contains glucosinolates, phytochemicals with tremendous anticancereffects and the carotenoid lutein" that also shows "anticancer effects" and "may also be helpful in preventing the development of age related macular degeneration..."

Broccoli has also been identified in helping prevent/decrease breast cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer gastric cancer, gastritis, esophagitis, and acid indigestion. It also helps with liver detoxification. My source is one of my favorite food reference books: The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. Seth and I like to get this out sometimes when we're eating and learn about what we're eating. It's so informative!

Are you convinced yet? Did you know that Costco sells pre-washed and chopped 5 pound bags of broccoli for $5? Can't get any easier than that. We have eaten all 5 lbs. of it in 5 days, and John has eaten at least a pound of that! He loves broccoli! Seriously, I'm not kidding. My 15 month old may consider brocolli his favorite food. He gets upset if we don't feed it to him fast enough. Obviously, he can't chew well enough for Bodacious Broccoli salad, but he is head over heels for cooked broccoli, and soon he'll have the pleasure of enjoying this delicious salad with us. Happy broccoli eating!
Bodacious Broccoli Salad
Serves 4


- 6 c. raw broccoli, washed and chopped into 1 inch. pieces
- 1/2 c. craisins
- 1 small apple, diced
- 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 c. veganaise or light mayonnaise
- 1/4 c. lemon juice
- 2 Tb. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp. dry stevia (or 3 Tb. sugar)

1/4 c. red onion, dice, for garnish
- 1/2 c. raw pecans, chopped (or your favorite nut: cashews, walnuts, etc.)

- 1.5 c. rice (white or brown)

1. Cook rice in a rice cooker with sufficient water.
2.Combine all ingredients (except garnishes)in a bowl
3. Serve over warm rice and top with garnishes

1. If you have leftovers, keep the onions and nuts separate from each other and from the salad or the nuts will get soggy, and the onion will overpower everything.

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