Broccoli Rabe Recipes
Searching for some new, different and super nutritious vegetable sides, you can add to your meals? Try out some of these broccoli rabe recipes from Cooking with Nonna! There are so many ways to incorporate vegetables into our meals, but sometimes we get bored of having the same ones night after night or week after week. So it is fun to always to try new recipes for new vegetables you may not have given a try yet. Trying new and healthy foods is part of the fun of having a healthy, well-balanced diet, is to try new fruits and vegetables so that you aren't getting too bored of the same foods. So if you have never tried broccoli rabe, now is your chance to try something new! Who knows, you might just love it.
Broccoli rabe or rapini is a bitter tasting cruciferous vegetable, of which you can eat all parts of it, the leaves, stem and the buds. The buds kind of look like the vegetable we know as broccoli, but they never grow full enough to become a full head of broccoli. This vegetable is full of lutein that is an antioxidant that keeps your retinas in your eyes protected from being damaged. It is known as one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world and contains vitamin C, K and A and loads of potassium. This vegetable is also very easy to grow in your very own backyard garden and that way you can eat it fresh from the source! There is possibly nothing more rewarding than being able to go into your own backyard and get your own home grown vegetables that are grown without any GMOs or chemicals and know that you are obtaining all of the good nutrients you need from them.
This superfood vegetable is very popular in recipes from Italy and Portugal and became very well known from the Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe recipe. But if you are unfamiliar with this vegetable, then it is perfect to be able to try a bunch of different recipes like the ones on the Cooking with Nonna website, to help you familiarize yourself with it and find out how you like to eat it best. In their compilation of recipes, they show broccoli rabe being used in a variety of ways. There is a delicious looking recipe for a sandwich that includes rapini, that adds it in with sun dried tomatoes and mozzarella, the broccoli rabe is sautéed in this sandwich recipe and added in-between the sun-dried tomato and mozzarella cheese on the fresh baguette. The sandwich looks delicious and great for those who don't eat meat.
Also, there is a lovely looking pasta recipe with broccoli rabe and ricotta cheese that would be so yummy. There are many recipes for broccoli rabe Orecchiette, which is a type of homemade pasta that resembles an ear, which is what orecchia means in Italian. One is just a very simple recipe with the broccoli rabe and the orecchiette, and some have more ingredients like shrimp, which would be delicious, or sun dried tomatoes or chicken sausage. It is also in a Winter minestrone, and you can also just steam it and eat it on its own as a nice vegetable side dish with garlic and salt. Cooking with Nonna gives us some wonderful ideas for how to enjoy this nutritious vegetable, and maybe you can introduce it to some other people who haven't yet tried it out. The Cooking with Nonna website is chalk full of amazing traditional Italian recipes that you will not be able to resist. Try some of them out for yourself and enjoy!
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