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Posted:  |  Updated: 11/14/12 EST

Broccoli Recipes: 14 Ideas For The Healthy Vegetable

Most of us know broccoli as a relatively boring side dish -- when it's just steamed or boiled, it can be bland and mushy, and surely nothing to get excited about. But there are different ways to cook broccoli that bring out its incredible flavors -- if you've ever tried roasted broccoli, for example, you'll never think of broccoli the same way again. It's nutty, robust and delicious. No time is better than the present to start experimenting with some new ways to cook broccoli, because it's in season and looking better than ever.

Even if you've always hated broccoli, these recipes may convince you otherwise. But don't even think about broccoli smothered with cheese sauce or in a casserole -- our recipes are much more complex (and better for you). Check out the slideshow below for the ideas.

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  • Broccoli And Gorgonzola Polenta

    Tender broccoli florets and creamy polenta make a unique pairing in this dish. Serve it as an appetizer or main with crumbled gorgonzola scattered on top. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Broccoli and Gorgonzola Polenta recipe</a></strong>

  • Broccoli With Black Bean-Garlic Sauce

    Give your average side of broccoli a Chinese feel with black bean-chile sauce and sesame seeds. Cook the broccoli in a skillet to get the spears tender but still crisp, then pour in the sauce. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Broccoli with Black Bean-Garlic Sauce recipe</a></strong>

  • Lemony Broccoli Tempura Spears

    Broccoli is a lot more fun when it's covered with a light and crisp tempura batter. Cut the vegetable into long spears to make dipping into seasoned soy sauce that much easier. Kids and adults will love this dish. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Lemony Broccoli Tempura Spear recipe</a></strong>

  • Broccoli With Spicy Tahini

    If you're tired of the same-old steamed broccoli, try topping it with a delicious sauce (and we don't mean melted cheese!). Try a tahini dressing, spiked with harissa for a spicy touch. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Broccoli with Spicy Tahini recipe</a></strong>

  • Corn And Broccoli Calzones

    Broccoli in a calzone? If anyone asks why, just say you're making a healthy calzone. This recipe also includes corn, scallions and ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. Use store-bought pizza dough to make this recipe come together easily. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Corn and Broccoli Calzones recipe</a></strong>

  • Spicy Stir-Fried Broccoli And Peanuts

    This spicy and peanutty broccoli stir-fry is great as a side dish on its own, but you can easily add in the protein of your choice to turn it into a main dish. Try it with chicken or tofu. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Spicy Stir-Fried Broccoli and Peanuts recipe</a></strong>

  • Broccoli And Goat Cheese Souffle

    Broccoli makes a great addition in this fluffy souffle recipe. Goat cheese adds a unique tang. Serve the souffle at your next dinner party and amaze your family and friends. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Broccoli and Goat Cheese Souffle recipe</a></strong>

  • Creamy Broccoli Soup With Croutons

    It's hard to resist broccoli when it's in rich and creamy soup. For an extra special touch, garnish the soup with broccoli spears and croutons. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Creamy Broccoli Soup with Croutons recipe</a></strong>

  • Broccoli With Caramelized Onions And Pine Nuts

    This side dish of broccoli gets taken to the next level of flavor with caramelized onions and toasted pine nuts. Try it with grilled steak or roasted chicken. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Broccoli with Caramelized Onions and Pine Nuts recipe</a></strong>

  • Broccoli Salad With Creamy Feta Dressing

    This healthy picnic salad uses a flavorful yogurt and feta cheese dressing instead of mayonnaise to coat tender broccoli and chickpeas. Try it the next time you need a quick summery side dish. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Broccoli Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing recipe</a></strong>

  • Escarole And Roasted Broccoli Salad With Anchovy Dressing

    This unique salad recipe combines roasted broccoli with bitter escarole and dresses it with a Caesar salad-style anchovy dressing. Top it with grated dry Jack cheese for a finishing touch. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Escarole and Roasted Broccoli Salad with Anchovy Dressing recipe</a></strong>

  • Green Pizza

    This pizza turns green with pesto spread on the dough and chopped broccoli and arugula layered over the mozzarella cheese. You'll love this pizza reinvention. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Green Pizza recipe</a></strong>

  • Sizzled Garlic Broccoli

    Like roasting, sizzling broccoli in a heavy skillet creates a great caramelized flavor. Here the it's combined with garlic and hot chile flakes to create a delicious side dish. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Sizzled Garlic Broccoli recipe</a></strong>

  • Broccoli-Bacon Salad

    Instead of the usual coleslaw or pasta salad, try a broccoli salad at your next picnic. This recipe combines broccoli with water chestnuts, cranberries and just enough bacon to make it taste savory. <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Broccoli-Bacon Salad recipe</a></strong>

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