Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Quick & Easy: Broccoli with Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts

Ok, time to get caught up on side dishes.  This one I served with Easter dinner.  YUM!

Serves - 4  /  Serving Size - 3/4 cup
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes

3 Tblspn pine nuts, or chopped slivered almonds
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion, (about 1 medium)
1/4 tsp salt, or to taste [decreased probably to 1/8 tsp]
4 cups broccoli florets
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
freshly ground pepper to taste

1.  Toast pine nuts (or almonds) in a medium dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.  Transfer to a small bowl to cool.

2.  Add oil to the pan and heat over medium heat.  Add onion and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, adjusting heat as necessary, until soft and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

3.  Meanwhile, steam broccoli until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes.  Transfer to a large bowl.  Add the nuts, onion, vinegar and pepper; toss to coat.  Serve immediately.

Exchanges/Carb - 1-1/2 vegetable  /  1 fat  /  1/2 carb serving
Calories - 102                           Sodium - 166mg
Total Fat - 7g                            Total Carbs - 9g   w/net Carbs - 6g
   Saturated Fat - 1g                      Dietary Fiber - 3g
   Monounsat Fat - 0g                Protein - 3g
Cholesterol - 0g

Source:  EatingWell http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/broccoli_with_caramelized_onions_pine_nuts.html


  • To save even more time, you can always buy the already cut and packaged broccoli florets.  But for the price, I'm fine with cutting the broccoli.
  • Since I had pine nuts that needed to be used sooner than later (with later being more like having to pitch them), this recipe was a double plus.
  • By prepping the broccoli ahead of time, all I had to do was take the container from the fridge to the microwave.  Gotta love the microwave steamer - easy way to cook veggies while still retaining all their nutrients.
  • This recipe is definitely a new favorite way to prepare broccoli!

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