There are so many reasons to love broccoli and countless delicious ways to prepare it. These Healthy Vegan Broccoli Recipesinclude options for side dishes, main dishes, and even breakfast!
I know quite a few people who say they don’t like broccoli, but I have to wonder if they just haven’t eaten it served properly. My sister used to proclaim that she was a lifelong broccoli hater, but she changed her tune when she was 47-years-old.
She wanted to try a plant-based diet but was afraid that she couldn’t do it because she didn’t like most vegetables and absolutely hated some of them like broccoli and cauliflower. Come to find out, she just didn’t like them overcooked which was the only way we ate them growing up. To hear more about her transformation to a healthy lifestyle, read her story, From Veggie Hater to Plant-Based.
What is the healthiest way to eat broccoli?
Broccoli is naturally healthy and has many health benefits because it’s low in calories and fat and full of fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
Whichever way you eat it, just be sure not to overcook it. The texture of broccoli is much better when it’s cooked al dente and still has a little crunch. It turns out, that was my sister’s problem with it. She had only ever eaten broccoli when it was overcooked to mush. Once she tried it prepared correctly and healthfully in a stir-fry, it turns out she actually did like broccoli after all.
Seasoning option to make it taste better
Oftentimes, broccoli can be added to dishes like soups and casseroles, and folks never even realize it’s in there because of all the other flavors of the recipes.
If you want to do something simple like just steam broccoli and serve it over rice or a baked potato, try using some of these seasonings to liven up the flavor.
Soy sauce- Adds a warm salty flavor. For those that need a gluten-free option, try amino acids because it tastes very similar to soy sauce but has no gluten.
Seasonings- Garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, season salt, and others add savory warm flavor to steamed broccoli.
Nutritional yeast- This inactive yeast that is used for healthy seasoning has a cheesy-nutty flavor that pairs extremely well with broccoli, cauliflower, and other cruciferous veggies. I use nutritional yeast in many different recipes.
Spice- I like a little spicy heat and some great options include chipotle powder, red pepper flakes, or even sriracha sauce.
Whether in soup, salad, casseroles, or stir-fries, you’re going to find some terrific broccoli recipes for everyone in the family on this list.
With different preparation methods and seasonings, this nutritious vegetable can be a hit at any dinner table. Here are some fabulous ways to serve it and have your family and friends immersed in its goodness. Click on each of the photos, recipe titles, or 'Get the Recipe' buttons to see full recipes with ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button.
A classic favorite, broccoli cheese soupwas one dish I missed after going dairy-free, so I worked hard to come up with this deliciously satisfying vegan version that is loaded with flavor by the spoonful.
This Vegan Broccoli Salad is so creamy and light, even broccoli haters will like it. Broccoli slaw salad lovers will never realize it has a fraction of the fat and calories of the traditional recipe they are used to.
These simple 15-minute Veggie Bowl Recipes are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner in a hurry. Different variations can even be prepared ahead of time to eat throughout the week when you don’t have time to meal plan.
Stir-fries are so easy to make and a terrific way to use up some of those veggies in the refrigerator that need to go quickly. This Easy Veggie Stir-Fry with sweet and sour sauce is a great recipe for that, and any vegetables you prefer can be used.
I love quiche because it’s creamy, delicious, and perfect for any meal–breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even holiday brunch. This vegan quiche casserole is packed with flavor and will be a huge hit no matter when you serve it.
It’s so easy to make these Stir Fry Veggies, and they can be on the dinner table in less than 30-minutes. This dish is simple and very versatile since you can use whichever vegetables you happen to have on hand.
I love soup for so many reasons! Not only is it easy to make and super filling, but it reheats and freezes well too. This barley vegetable soup recipe is also super healthy and loaded with wholesome ingredients. It can be a one-pot recipe for the stovetop or even made in a slow cooker.
Tempeh is fermented soybeans and is incredibly high in protein. It has a nutty, mushroom, meaty flavor, and just one serving of this recipe contains 20 grams of protein. Plus, the broccoli adds highly absorbable calcium and the dish takes just minutes to prepare! Serve this sauté over couscous or rice. Recipe from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.