01/04/2013 09:09 am ET | Updated Apr 30, 2015

These Aren't Your Mother's Broccoli Recipes

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Broccoli has a bad reputation, and it's somewhat deserved. Stalks resemble limp and tasteless trees, and they're forced upon us so much throughout childhood that many of us banish them from our adult lives altogether. It's totally understandable. But if you've only ever had steamed, boiled or microwaved broccoli, you have no idea of what this veggie is capable of.

Broccoli pairs particularly well with cheese, lemon and chiles. It's a genius addition to grilled cheeses. And it's a revelation when roasted in the oven with olive oil until it's fork tender with charred edges. Don't let your unfortunate history with broccoli let you miss out on all these delicious dishes.

Folks, these are not your mother's broccoli recipes.


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