This Recipe Will Make You See Broccoli In A Whole New Way

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Michelle Obama challenged Refinery29 to give her five essential ingredients every millennial should have in her pantry. After much deliberation and discussion, we landed on broccoli, feta, olive oil, pasta, and avocado. Because we like to take a challenge to the next level, we then asked our favorite bloggers to each give us an easy, five-ingredient recipe using one of these essential ingredients.

Now, we've been a fan of zucchini noodles for quite a while. But, it wasn’t until we saw Ali Maffucci’s blog, Inspiralized, that we realized every vegetable could be turned into a delicious pasta-like dish. None of our #GimmeFive ingredients seemed to lend themselves to being spiralized, but Ali figured out a way to turn broccoli into something we never could have imagined. Kiss boring steamed-broccoli sides goodbye. This broccoli bruschetta dish will not only delight your tastebuds; it will revolutionize the way you view the vegetable. These little "noodles" are fun to make and allow you to use the entire vegetable, so there's no waste. The key to spiralizing broccoli? Find the largest stem possible. This healthy recipe saves well in the refrigerator and is perfect for potlucks and get-togethers — it's guaranteed to impress.
Photo Courtesy of: Ali Maffucci.
Spiralized Broccoli Bruschetta Bowl
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Serves 1


2 broccoli heads with full, thick stems
3/4 cup seeded and chopped plum tomatoes (about 2 tomatoes)
1 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
4 large, fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

1. Fill a large pot halfway with water, add a pinch of salt, and bring to a boil. 2. In the meantime, chop the florets off the broccoli head and set aside about 1 1/2 cups, while reserving the rest for future use. 3. Then, spiralize the broccoli stem using a spaghetti blade. 4. Once the water boils, add in the broccoli florets and cook for 2 minutes. Then, add the broccoli noodles and cook for 3 more minutes, or until florets are fork-tender and noodles are al dente. Drain into a colander and set aside. 5. Place all of the ingredients for the bruschetta into a large mixing bowl and toss until combined. Add in the broccoli florets and noodles and toss to combine. 6. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy.

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