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Keto Charred Broccoli

Keto Charred Broccoli

Charred Broccoli

When I was a little kid I had no problem eating my vegetables, as long as those vegetables where broccoli, and as long as that broccoli was smothered, or to use the terminology of waffle house... covered (with cheese).  Well this recipe is sorta like the big brother of the steamed broccoli with cheddar sauce you can buy in the frozen section.  The char adds a smokiness to the broccoli, and it tastes so good it won't be easy to go back to the steamed version.  You can easily change this side dish up by sprinkling a different type of cheese over top to pair best with whatever meal you're serving it with.  

I already mentioned my love of broccoli as a child, but I also have always had a soft spot for burnt foods, weird I know.  Growing up I would burn the microwave popcorn of purpose, and even now I cook bacon until it's extra crispy, so this recipe is obviously one of my personal favorite side dishes. 

Not only is this dish super delicious, it's also super nutritious.  Broccoli is extraordinarily nutrient dense and fights cancer causing toxins in your body.  In 5 minutes of research online I found a "quick fix" broccoli diet (sometimes you can have too much of a good thing) and a green concoction claiming to be the next big coffee trend.  With such numerous and varied health benefits, finding more ways to add the nutrients of broccoli into other foods is a noble cause, but I'm not so sure the "broccolatte" is going to take off.

Check out more of broccoli's multitude of health benefits and other fun links below:

Dr. Axe - Broccoli Nutrition

Mental Floss - Broccoli Coffee is Here

Diet and I - The Broccoli Diet

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Keto Charred Broccol

This Keto Charred Broccoli with lemon and parmesan is a great lowcarb side dish that everyone will love!

prep time: 5 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 35 mins


1 large head broccoli 
1/4 cup avocado oil 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons shaved parmesan


1. Preheat oven to 475°. Cut the broccoli into small florets and add to the cast iron skillet along with the avocado oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest, and lemon juice. 

2. Stir to combine then transfer to oven. 

3. Bake 20 minutes, toss then bake another 5-10 just until the broccoli starts to char.  Top with parmesan and serve. 



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