Friday, July 22, 2011

Roasted Broccoli With Curry

Thank you for all of your wonderful comments on my last post. I read every single one of them. While I may not respond to everyone, it doesn't mean I don't care (I just don't have the time!). I am excited to post my review of the book, as I have learned so much already and am not even half way through.

For today, I'm talking about roasted broccoli. I've always been confused about the difference between roasting and baking. Anyone else?? Even after reading the definition below, I'm still a bit confused.

Roast (source:

noun. 1. A piece of meat—such as a rib roast—that's large enough to serve more than one person. Such a meat cut is usually cooked by the roasting method. 2. Food, usually meat, that has been prepared by roasting. roast verb. To oven-cook food (from meats to vegetables) in a shallow uncovered pan, a method that ideally produces a well-browned exterior and moist interior. The temperatures for roasting are typically higher than for baking, and the pan must be uncovered so the food doesn't stew in its own juices. Another common denominator for roasting is that it requires fat, either as part of the food (as with duck) or added (as one would to roasted potatoes). Cuts of meat or poultry to be roasted must be reasonably tender—tougher pieces are better served with moist cooking methods such as braising.

When I think of baking something, the first thing that comes to mind is cake. So, I'm calling this roasted broccoli (veggies are a part of the "verb" definition above, afterall). Even though I didn't use a shallow uncovered pan, I did use a high temperature, an uncovered baking sheet, and I added fat.



  • 1 head of broccoli, rinsed and trimmed
  • ~10 squirts of EVOO ( I used a squirt bottle)
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
** Other possible ingredients to add flavor instead of curry; lemon wedges (squeeze the juice on top!) or flavored balsamic vinegar (such as blueberry or fig) **


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Break up the broccoli stalk and stems (with hands or a knife) into chunks of reasonable size.
  • Disperse onto a large baking pan
  • Spray with EVOO
  • Sprinkle your seasonings on top
  • Put in preheated over for 15-20 minutes

Is this the healthiest way of cooking broccoli? Not really because the high heat will bring about some nutrient loss, but it's better than some (aka; boiling!). Also, by adding the oil you will enhance the absorption of the vitamin K and the carotenoids found in broccoli.

I'm really trying to experiment more with the health-promoting cruciferous vegetables. Nick and I are sort of sick of eating them steamed all the time. And of course whenever I read Julie's blog I always want to grill and roast all veggies! I think I want to try this caramelized cauliflower dish next!

Question: What's your favorite cruciferous vegetable? Mine is definitely broccoli. And the great thing is that I no longer need Beano in order to consume it!


  1. yum! love curry powder. never tried it on broccoli

  2. I think roasting refers to the temperature (often higher than baking). I love lemon roasted broccoli with lemon juice and lemon zest. This looks great too.

  3. I'm a huge broccoli fan too! Its an excellent source of fiber and I'm always attempting to add more high fiber foods into my day. Along with my daily bowl of Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) cereal, adding in a little broccoli gets me that much closer to achieving my daily fiber requirement. This recipe in particular looks delicious! I can't wait to try it.

  4. I love all veggies roasted and grilled! I do steam them off just because I want to be quick but I think they taste better roasted :)

  5. I say broccoli as well! But it definitely tastes best roasted- I just loved that charred taste it gets- plus I can't eat broccoli raw, definitely makes my stomach hurt

  6. Great idea for roasting broccoli with curry powder! Sounds great. I just had sweet potatoes with curry powder last night so maybe I'll switch it to broccoli tonight!! TY for the idea :)

  7. Hi Gina, I'm a big broccoli fan, and the idea of adding curry powder to it? YUM. Will definitely be trying it. Have a GREAT weekend.

  8. I LOVE broccoli, but I have yet to try it with CURRY!! :)

  9. Definitely broccoli and I am going to be making this recipe

  10. I love roasted veggies, and curry is a great addition to roasted broccoli!

    Can you digest broccoli better now because of the other changes you made to your diet?

  11. I love roasted broccoli. Have you ever tried roasted cauliflower. Even better!