This recipe comes from Rebecca Katz’s cookbook “One Bite at a Time,” which is a wonderful collection of brilliant recipes focused on people with cancer. It is an amazing health-supportive book with delicious recipes, full of flavor and color.
1 bunch broccoli
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. finely chopped garlic
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 c. diced tomatoes or red pepper
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. lemon zest
1/4 c. fresh basil, finely chopped
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cut the broccoli florets off the stalks, then peel the stems (if needed) and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Add a pinch of salt and the broccoli florets and stems to the pot of water and blanch for 30 seconds. Drain the broccoli, then run it under cold water to stop the cooking process. This will retain its lush green color.
2. Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat, then add the garlic and red pepper flakes and saute for 30 seconds, just until aromatic. Add the bell pepper or tomatoes and a pinch of salt and saute for an additional minute. Stir in the broccoli and 1/4 tsp. of salt and saute for 2 minutes; the broccoli should be firm. Gently stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and basil and serve immediately.