The Sideshow: Steamed Broccoli for Broccoli Haters

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Planning and shopping for balanced meals is not unlike shopping for great outfits. (Bear with me here, folks.) With clothes, it’s easy enough to find a great piece that fits and looks decent; harder, though, to accessorize it and mix and match it with other pieces on the rack or in your closet. Am I right?

Same goes for great meals. Sure, I can make that quick and easy  chicken on page 42. But then what? Brown rice and steamed broccoli? Again? Ugh. Say it ain’t so.

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And so I’ve set out to arm myself with a large, varied and delicious repertoire of side dishes. One that uses the usual suspects–rice, potatoes and veg–in simple but un-boring ways. And The Sideshow is my way of sharing them with you.

First instalment in The Sideshow: broccoli that aims to please even the most ardent of broccoli haters. Tastier than boiled or steamed broccoli, but not a whole lot more complicated. Take steamed broccoli, add lemon, olive oil and salt. And voila, you’ve got broccoli candy. Sorta. If you have a nub of feta or parmesan hanging out in the fridge, add a sprinkle of that too. Broccoli liftoff.

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You may never figure out what shoes to wear with those salmon-coloured jeggings. But at least you’ll be on your way to eating good meals.

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The Sideshow: Steamed Broccoli for Broccoli Haters

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Steamed broccoli, elevated.


  • 1 large bunch broccoli chopped into florets
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons good extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • Feta or parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Put the broccoli florets into a steaming basket set over a pot of simmering water, and cover. When the broccoli reaches your preferred tenderness, remove it from the heat and transfer the florets into a medium bowl or serving dish.
  2. Toss cooked broccoli with olive oil, lemon juice and a grind of pepper and a couple of pinches of sea salt, to taste. Sprinkle with cheese, if using. Serve.

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