Superfood of the week: Broccoli Rabe

cbertel-broccolirabeNever heard of it? This cabbage family veggie is popular in Italian dishes is actually a unique and distinctive addition to your dinner table.

  • A good source of antioxidants
  • Get plenty of vitamins A and C, folate, potassium, fiber, and calcium too!
  • If it’s a little too strong-flavored for your taste, you have a few options on mellowing it out: choose a younger plant (smaller leaves), buy it in the winter when the flavor isn’t quite as strong, or you can blanch and shock it (boiling to ice water) to make it milder.

Source: Cheryl Redmond’s article on

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How To Work It Into Your Meals

You can add it to a sauté or stir fry with some other vegetables—adding in some herbs and spices may help you counterbalance the powerful flavor of the rabe.

Give your pizza a kick by adding broccoli rabe the same as you would add spinach as a topping. You can add it in with some pasta, bake it and add it as a side dish, or add it into a vegetable soup.

Looking for a recipe? Check out this tasty pasta option, ready in 30 minutes!

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