Steamer Basket Broccoli

Lesley Baradel

Steamer Basket Broccoli

Steaming broccoli is one of the easiest way to prepare this nutrition-packed vegetable. It can be seasoned any number of ways to appeal to your family's taste buds.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 43 kcal


  • 2 heads broccoli


  • Put a steamer basket in a large pot. Fill with water to just below the steamer basket. Bring to a boil.
  • Cut florets off the heads of the broccoli. Cut the stalks into bite sized pieces. For any really thick pieces of stalk, shave off some of the outside and then cut into bite sized pieces. Put the broccoli into the steamer basket and cover with a lid.
  • Steam broccoli for about 5 minutes or until desired degree of tenderness. Drain water and put broccoli into the pot. Season according to your family’s tastes. Ann’s family prefers a little bit of Smart Balance spread, a few drops of lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder and Italian seasoning.


Chef’s Notes: One of Lesley’s favorite kitchen tools is her steamer. Broccoli is her kid’s favorite vegetable so the steamer is always in use. The best part about the steamer is that you can set it for the exact time you like to cook your vegetables and step away. For instance, Lesley steams her broccoli for 13 minutes in her steamer and knows it will come out just the way she likes it each time.


Calories: 43kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 4gSodium: 42mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2g
Keyword broccoli
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Lesley Baradel

We (Lesley and Ann) first met years ago while training for Ironman Wisconsin. Our paths crossed again at Georgia State University while studying to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Over the years, our paths kept crossing and we soon discovered that we shared a love for menu planning. This blossomed into My Menu Pal where we help the food industry up their nutrition game to become their customer's nutrition hero.
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