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Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli Your Kids Will Love

If you think your children don't like broccoli, then try roasting it! Roasting broccoli at a high temperature brings out all of its sweet flavors, so it tastes completely different than if you normally boil or steam it. If you'd like to add more flavor, then you can zest a lemon over the top before roasting, or sprinkle good Parmesan cheese over it when it comes out of the oven.

Keep reading for the recipe.


1 to 1 1/2 lbs broccoli florets, washed, dried, and cut in 1-inch pieces 
Extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place the broccoli in a mixing bowl and add a few tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss until all the broccoli florets are generously coated with the oil. Spread out on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Roast until the broccoli is just soft, about 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to ensure even cooking.
  4. Note: For a little added heat for the adults, sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes in before roasting.

Amanda Haas is a cookbook author, teacher, cooking video host, and the founder of One Family One Meal, a website that helps families menu-plan, grocery shop, and cook on a budget. She's also on Twitter and Facebook.

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Danaw44902 Danaw44902 3 years
Sounds good! I will have to try. Thankfully my now 5yo daughter loves broccoli (actually any green veggi including asparagus and spinach) just about anyway you make it.
LynnWheeler12475 LynnWheeler12475 3 years
I finally got my 14 year old to eat broccoli, so I will definitely give this a try. I think he would enjoy the chili pepper flakes on it too, since he likes spicy foods.
DeeFahey DeeFahey 5 years
This might be good but I don't know any kid who will beg for broccoli, including me.
jmak2 jmak2 5 years
Okay, seriously, this is a magical recipe for broccoli! I was skeptical of it really being anything special, but it really is! I cook it multiple times a week and always with chili flakes added to give it spice. An easy and yummy way to eat your veggies with no objections!
sebugwawonassy sebugwawonassy 5 years
Gonna do dis in an hours time
StaceyLyons41764 StaceyLyons41764 5 years
This sounds great! I'm always looking for ways to get my boys to try veggies. Thanks!
pfunzoclaribelRamugumo pfunzoclaribelRamugumo 5 years
will definately give it a try
ramyaramya ramyaramya 5 years
i like it
ErinRandels ErinRandels 5 years
We tried this tonight...fabulous!!!
AnnetteAgostiniAcosta AnnetteAgostiniAcosta 5 years
Thanks for the idea! I'm tired of the flavorless boiled brocolli I always seem to put on the table. Adding garlic to the pan or parmesan afterwards sounds yummy as well. Thanks!
tlangley03 tlangley03 5 years
>Sarah...I agree with you completly!!! I have 4 kids and they act like I am trying to feed them something poisonous when I put a veggie on thier plate! Helanna~this sounds delicious. I bet it would be good with a little cinnamon on it. Sweet potatoes are versatile in the sweet or savory cooking! I can not wait to try this broccoli recipe. Thank you!
RandiMaerz RandiMaerz 5 years
I make this all the time and my girls (4 and 6) LOVE it. I also do the same with brussel sprouts, washed/trimmed/halved. Seriously, no one can believe my kids fight over their veggies this way. It is soooooo good!
JackieQuinn52101 JackieQuinn52101 5 years
oh defo going to try this too, struggling to get veggies into my 2.5 year old at moment.
SarahJeffress SarahJeffress 5 years
I know this must sound horrible but I am just in shock at all of these kids who LOVE veggies!?! My 2 yr old son wont eat anything : ( I will try this though....Is he old enough to put my foot down and tell him if he doesn't eat whats for dinner than he doesn't get anything at all...? He will be 3 in July
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