I have discovered that eating fresh produce every day helps me feel better about myself and my purpose. If I feel good about myself I’m typically happier and way less stressed!
Recently, while sitting in a waiting room, I read an article that said broccoli and other cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, brussels sprouts & cabbage help maintain our serotonin levels (which is a “happy” neurotransmitter). Not only that but broccoli, asparagus, rosemary, oregano, apricots & blueberries might also help reduce anxiety, depression & stress.
No wonder eating fresh produce is so good for you, not only physically but emotionally as well!
I know that there are lots of recipes out there on Pinterest for roasted broccoli and I have absolutely not reinvented the wheel. However, this is my absolute most favorite way to eat broccoli and it is kid approved (not only do they like it, they actually get excited when I make it!)
If you are not a fan of broccoli you can do this same recipe but replace just about any veg you want. I have done this with cauliflower, asparagus, sweet potatoes, green beans and squash with much success.
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- 2-3 heads of broccoli
- 1-2 Tbs olive oil
- salt & pepper to taste
- crushed red pepper flakes to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Wash and chop your broccoli (I like mine on the big side so they stay a little crunchy and don’t get too soft).
- Place broccoli in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and pepper flakes then give the broccoli a good toss to mix everything up.
- Spread out on a tinfoil lined cookie sheet or use a silicone baking mat.
- Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.
I love the nice caramelization the broccoli gets!
Here is to a healthy and happy day!!