This easy-to-prepare dish is kid-friendly and vegetarian — and can easily be made vegan.
1 large bunch (about 1 pound) fresh broccoli, rinsed and cut into medium pieces (include tender parts of stems and leaves) or a 1-pound bag frozen broccoli florets (thawed)
1 15½-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Gruyere, cheddar or vegan cheese
⅓ cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
Before you begin: Wash your hands.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- If using fresh broccoli, lightly steam it first: Place raw broccoli pieces in a steamer basket inside a saucepan filled with 1 inch of water. Steam on medium heat for 5 minutes or until broccoli is just tender and bright green. Or, steam fresh broccoli in the microwave: Place raw broccoli pieces in a large microwave-safe dish or bowl with ½-inch water at bottom. Cover with a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high for 3 minutes or until just tender and bright green. Drain water.
- Toss steamed broccoli and chickpeas with olive oil. Place in a 9-by-9-inch baking pan.
- Add salt and black pepper to taste. Top evenly with grated cheese, then top evenly with breadcrumbs.
- Bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and breadcrumbs are lightly browned. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
Serving size: 1½ cups
Calories: 340; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 30mg; Sodium: 456mg; Total Carbohydrate: 34g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugars: 6g; Protein: 19g; Potassium: n/a; Phosphorus: n/a
Cara Anselmo, MS, RDN, is a New York City-based registered dietitian, yoga instructor and author of CaraAnselmo.com.
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