Smashed Broccoli with Parmesan

30 Minutes

super easy

2 to 4

Make your next meal a smashing hit with my smashed broccoli and parmesan crisps! 

I have a list of grocery stapes that I get regularly without fail and for me, broccoli is in the tip tip tippy top 5. I like it raw (LMAO); I like it roasted; I like it boiled, blitzed, dipped and you guessed it, I also like it smashed.

And though I love it in just about any (and every) form, sometimes I like to shake things up. When I do, I’ll make these garlicky parm crisps and let me tell you, they don’t last very long… even when it’s just me at home. It’s hard to explain but there’s something about these puppies that just. feels. so right. Maybe it’s the fact that broccoli is so healthy

It’s a well-known fact that broccoli is healthy, but when you mash it up with a little bit of savory parmesan cheese, it becomes something completely irresistible. Plus, there are so many benefits to eating broccoli – it’s loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, and can even help lower your risk of certain diseases. So go ahead, grab a fork and dive into a big bowl of smashed broccoli goodness – your taste buds AND your body will thank you!

This dish may not sound like much, but it packs a ton of benefits and flavor. Broccoli is chock-full of vitamins and minerals, including a healthy dose of vitamin C, and parmesan adds a satisfying umami kick to the mix. When combined, these two ingredients create a delicious and nutritious side dish that will have you coming back for seconds. Plus, with the “smashed” preparation method, you can enjoy the benefits of broccoli’s fiber without sacrificing any of its flavor. Give it a try and see for yourself how this simple dish can become a staple in your meal rotation.

Why You’ll Love It

Broccoli is also packed with a bevy of health benefits, from aiding in digestion to boosting immunity.

Not only is it delicious, it’s also incredibly healthy and offers a plethora of benefits for your body.

Parmesan cheese adds a rich and savory flavor to the dish, and provides an additional boost of calcium and protein.

Recipe Cost Breakdown

     1 head organic broccoli: $2.99

     2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil: $0.48

     3 cloves garlic: $0.18

     Zest of 1 lemon: $0.48

     ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese: $0.075

      Total Cost: $4.20

What You’ll Need

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1 head organic broccoli, boiled and dried
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp salt
½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Nutritional Information

201 Calories
15g Total Fat
1118mg Sodium
12g Total Carbs
4g Fiber
2g Sugar
8g Protein



Preheat the oven to 420 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Wash, chop and boil broccoli in salted water for 3 minutes or until soft and tender.
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Remove from saucepan, rinse with cold water and pat dry with a clean dish towel.
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Once cooled, transfer to a mixing bowl and season with extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, lemon zest and salt. Thoroughly combine with your hands; then transfer to a parchment paper lined baking tray and top with grated parmesan.
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Using a mason jar (or anything with a flat surface bottom) press each floret “to smash” and don’t be afraid to use a little muscle. Then, top with any extra garlic from your mixing bowl and finish with a sprinkle of grated parmesan.
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Transfer to your preheated oven to bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until lightly brown and crispy. Enjoy as a healthy snack as is, side dish or serve with a delicious homemade dip or aioli.
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