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6 mouthwatering ways to make your family fall in love with broccoli

How to fall in love with this wonder veg.

WE’VE ALL SAT at a dinner table not being allowed to leave until we’ve finished our veg. Often the prime suspect in this battle of wills is the humble broccoli.

But as we grow older, it dawns on us that maybe our parents were right after all and that there might be a point to all this veg-eating. If that hasn’t happened for you yet we have a whole rake of reasons why you need to get your broccoli on – and how to do so.

Health benefits

Broccoli is first and foremost well known for the health benefits it provides – from having more Vit C than your average orange to providing plenty of fibre and being cruciferous (crucifer-wha’? Means of the family Brassicaceae don’t you know, and includes the relatives cabbage, cauliflower and that uncle only one person likes – brussel sprouts).

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Additionally it has been suspected that it has cancer-fighting properties, as well as enzymes that could revert heart damage caused by diabetes and a property called sulphophane that may help fight osteoarthritis. And you all know we need a bit of that, so get nibbling.

There are many reasons and ways to add more broccoli to your diet, so here’s a few foolproof tips, tricks and recipes to make it completely irresistible.

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1. Keep up with the trends

You thought there was just the one type of broccoli, didn’t you? Well, do we have a surprise for you –  from purple sprouting to tenderstem or broccolini if you want to be real fancy, there’s a type of broccoli for every occasion from family dinner to dinner party.

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2. Sinful and saucy

Cheese sauce is scientifically* known to make everything taste better so here’s an easy pasta recipe that combines broccoli and salmon with moreishly cheesy goodness.

*Alright, maybe not scientifically but you know what we mean.

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3. Make it fun

There’s a lot to be said for making mealtimes fun and a little forest of broccoli in some hummus is a great way to engage a child’s imagination and get those ‘trees’ gobbled up in no time.

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4. Chop chop chop

Chop your veg up smaller than usual to add it to dishes and get your child used to eating vegetables. You could even blitz your broccoli in a food processor and add it to pasta sauces or casseroles.

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5. Soup-er impressive

Broccoli and cheese is a wonderful combination and you can make it even fancier using Stilton or Gorgonzola instead of the more well-known cheddar. We’ve got a fab recipe right here.

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 6. Let them eat cake

Broccoli? For dessert? Madness you might say. But who could refuse these little guys? No one, that’s who. Recipe is right here.

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Broccoli? What broccoli?

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So, tell us – what’s your favourite way to get the green stuff in? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Edel Corrigan

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