GAPS Legal Broccoli Recipe
My main reason for eating broccoli is to use it as a vehicle for butter.
Need I say more?
Broccoli itself does have some amazing nutritional content on its own, separate from carrying butter. It's high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, potassium, and the vitamins B6, C and A.
What exactly is broccoli? Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable like cabbage, kale, turnips, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. It is a wonderful vegetable to eat regularly. Some people avoid broccoli because they experience gas. But if broccoli makes you gassy, your gut flora is unbalanced! You can (and should) address your gut flora, then you can enjoy broccoli again without fear!
I don’t use the stems of the broccoli, which are very fibrous, in this recipe. If you want, you can use them in a soup or fry them up with butter and garlic (which is delicious.) But if you’re early in your healing on the GAPS Intro diet, toss or compost the stems. They are too fibrous for you to eat!
This is a great and simple side dish to serve with any main dish. But whatever you serve it with, the key here is to remember to enjoy your butter!
Ingredients for Steamed Broccoli:
2- 3 Small Broccoli Crowns
Butter for serving.
Directions for Steamed Broccoli:
Insert steamer into a medium size pot. Add a few inches of filtered water to a pot.
Rinse broccoli well with filtered water.
Cut off stems. Discard if you are on the GAPS Intro diet. Otherwise, set aside for another recipe.
Break broccoli florets apart at the base.
Add florets to the steamer and cover with a lid.
Steam for 15-20 minutes until fork tender, meaning a fork easily slides in and out. If you’re on GAPS Intro, be extra sure it’s fully cooked.
Make sure you don’t run out of water on the bottom of the pan or you will scorch the bottom. To check for water, you can tip the pan without opening it and feel if there is still water shifting. If you are unsure, check! You don't want to run out of water or you could ruin your pan.
Serve as a side alongside meat of your choice. I prefer steak; it just seems to be better that way! Top with plenty of butter! You want to eat about a teaspoon of butter with each piece. I cut a slice to eat with each piece. Enjoy!