Sugar On Your Broccoli? What?

That was precisely my friend’s reaction when she read through a delicious-sounding recipe in a popular cooking magazine for roasted broccoli.

At first, she assumed it must be some last ditch attempt to trick kids into eating their veggies, which I’d obviously be vehemently opposed to.

She happened to mention it when we were at dinner, enjoying, surprisingly, a shared plate of broccoli roasted in olive oil and garlic.

The good news is that the magazine was actually not encouraging readers to douse veggies in sugar simply for the sake of making something sweet.

There is actually a good reason why the one teaspoon of sugar for two pounds of broccoli florets was in there, which is that it helps to caramelize the veg as it roasts and leaves a very nice, browned finish.

But of course, white sugar is not Paleo.

So, I tweaked the recipe and found it worked just fine with the natural sugar found in a small amount of freshly squeezed orange juice.  I suppose you could also use a dollop of honey, if you were so inclined!

Personally, I find raw broccoli to not be a favorite; it’s one of the few veggies I can say that about.  Click here for the Paleoized version of the recipe, which is quite lovely.  Give it a try and enjoy with some grass fed steak or wild salmon.  What a perfect meal, whether breakfast, lunch or dinner!