Roasted Broccoli on the Side

Broccoli is one of those vegetables that you really want your kids to eat. It’s rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, calcium, folate, and more. These nutrients promote a healthy immune system, optimal brain function, bone health, regular blood pressure, heart health, and muscle growth.

Lucky for me, Olivia can’t get enough broccoli. She’s the only two-year-old I know who will pick through mac and cheese to eat the broccoli and leave the pasta for last. But I’m certainly not complaining! Her favorite way to eat broccoli, hands down, is roasted. The little booger will STEAL the broccoli from my plate when she’s done with her own. She can easily polish off an entire broccoli crown on her own when I cook it like this.

Something about the roasting process brings out the natural sugars and adds a nice caramelized crispness to the veggies. If your little ones normally turn their noses up to broccoli, I would give roasting it a shot!

Roasted Broccoli

2 fresh broccoli crowns
Olive oil

Preheat your oven to 375°. Chop the florets off of each of the crowns and spread evenly on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until browned.

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