Broccoli is a favorite at our house. It figures in a number of dishes from salads to stir-fries and casseroles to quiches. And with cooler weather just beginning, broccoli is in full season and at its best!

This dish makes a great side with meat, or a tasty vegetarian treat all by itself!

Broccoli and Pepper Stir-Fry

by Dawn Perry for Real Simple

10-15-earthly-broccoli-flowerets-verticalIngredients:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets (6 cups)
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds.
  2. Add the bell pepper, broccoli, and scallions and cook, tossing often, until the broccoli is crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the hoisin sauce and ¼ cup water and cook, tossing, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

Here are more brilliant recipes for broccoli, including some ideas for using those broccoli stems!

Sweet Potato and Roasted Broccoli Toasts

Broccoli Grape and Pasta Salad

Broccoli Pesto

Broccoli and Cheddar Strudel

Broccoli Carpaccio

5 Delicious Uses for Broccoli Stems