If your idea of broccoli recipes starts and ends with a plain pile of steamed veggies served as a side, we have some good news for you: There are nearly endless ways you can upgrade the simple stalks into something you’re seriously stoked about eating—for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Those tiny trees add hearty textures, savory flavors, and vibrant green hues to all kinds of recipes. And, as you may have heard time and again as a kid, broccoli does a whole lot for your body. The veggie is packed with nutrients, Rhyan Geiger, RDN, founder of Phoenix Vegan Dietitian, tells SELF. For example, it’s filled with fiber, which helps you poop easier and prevents spikes in blood sugar, Geiger explains. It’s also loaded with vitamin C, which can help you fight off infections and mend cuts and wounds, she says. Eat just one cup of the stalks and you’ll meet your daily recommended dietary allowance for the nutrient, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
But if all you’ve been doing with broccoli is steaming it in the microwave or roasting it as a quick side, it’s no wonder why you might be bored with it. That’s where having a solid list of tasty and unique broccoli recipes comes in: You can take so many creative routes with the stalks, from frying them into crispy fritters to baking them into a flaky pot pie.
We’ve rounded up 20 delicious ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From easy muffin tin bites to simple sheet pan feasts to creamy pasta entrees, these recipes prove that broccoli can have a spot in any meal. Take a peek at the options below; you’ll be hyped by all that this the green vegetable can do.