I had a very long conversation today with my three-year-old son who insists that it is in our family’s best interest to bulldoze our house. He think we should knock the house over, dig a big hole, and live underground.
He’s so excited about the idea! He even has a specific location in our yard chosen for the hole. I explained to him that Mommy is extremely claustrophobic and would not be joining him in his hole in the ground. He did not even hesitate when he said “dat’s okay, you can live up here where you won’t be scared and Daddy, me and my sis’sers will live underground!”
Okay, then. I’m so glad that he thinks he can do without me so easily.
Unfortunately for him, if I’m not living in the hole with them, I’m also not cooking for them, which means he doesn’t get any of this amazing broccoli that he ate two helpings of tonight.
I’m one of those lucky moms who has kids that truly love broccoli. They usually devour it, but this stuff I made tonight was an extra big hit, especially for my son and my husband. It’s cooked nice and soft but has some delicious crispy burnt parts to it. When you add in crunchy roasted walnuts and the occasional zing of orange zest… man. I’m thinking I could throw some cooked chicken in there and call it a whole meal by itself. The best part is that it’s literally a “one-pan” dish – you dump everything on a cookie sheet and roast it. Nothing complicated at all.
You just spread some frozen broccoli florets out onto a greased baking sheet and drizzle melted coconut oil over it.
I keep my coconut oil in a jar because I buy it in bulk… the only way to buy it if you use it as often as I do! Toss the oil around with the broccoli quickly, because it will re-harden almost instantly when it hits the frozen broccoli. That’s okay. It will melt again in the oven and render the broccoli crispy and delicious.
Sprinkle some chopped walnuts and orange zest over the top of that, hit it with a little salt, and ta da! It’s ready to go in the oven.
It’s also gorgeous to look at.
Bake it at 350° for about an hour, tossing it occasionally, and you’ll have the best broccoli you’ve ever eaten (in my opinion, anyway!).
Here’s hoping this broccoli will tempt my son out of his hole in the ground occasionally.
Orange Walnut Roasted Broccoli
2 (12 oz) bags frozen broccoli florets
1 1/2 T. coconut oil, melted
3-4 T. chopped walnuts
2 tsp. orange zest
mineral salt to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Spread the broccoli out on a greased cookie sheet.
- Drizzle the oil over the broccoli, then very quickly toss it around with a spatula to coat the broccoli as well as possible. Don’t stress getting it super even!
- Sprinkle the walnuts and orange zest over the broccoli, then sprinkle lightly with salt.
- Bake for 1 hour, tossing about every 15 minutes.