We all know broccoli is good for us. Packed with potassium, fibre and vitamins, it's also an untapped source of antioxidants. We know we ought to eat more of it but who really looks forward to a plateful of a veggie that resembles a bunch of little green trees?
But we've rounded up some of the ways that different cuisines around the world include broccoli in their dishes. Broccoli shall no longer be consumed out of a sense of duty but for the sheer pleasure of it. We'll take its health benefits, sure, but let's make broccoli a treat to eat! Featuring as a topping on pizza, being deep-fried in tempura batter or served up in a burrito, here are just a few of the limitless forms in which broccoli can be found.
1. In a Mexican burrito
Broccoli features in a number of the burrito and bowl choices at Salsa's, but it's at it's best in the Mucho Veggie. It adds a splash of colourful green and complements other ingredients such as zucchini, black beans and coriander and lime rice. Topped off with guacamole and chipotle salsa, this is a dish that can't fail to please.
2. In a Thai green curry
You can choose any number of different dishes at the Southern Star Cafe and Restaurant if you want a Thai take on cooking broccoli. But our pick has to be the Chicken Green Curry. Broccoli, bamboo shoots, celery, mushroom and lime leaf are folded into a delicately flavoured green curry that not only boosts your veggie intake but tastes delicious too.
3. On a pizza
Pizza's a great vehicle for all kinds of different toppings you might not eat by themselves. And alongside the classic toppings like ham, olives, pepperoni and anchovies, there are a growing number of quirkier toppings appearing on different pizzeria menus. For our broccoli focus, take a look at the Vegetarian Delight Pizza from Sinatra's Pizza and Pasta, which includes the gorgeous green veggie, along with mushrooms, artichokes, capsicum and sun-dried tomatoes. Yum.
4. Served up Italian-style
There's something special about the contrast between al dente broccoli and tender fried garlic prawns, and that's exactly what you get in the Spaghetti Alla Roma at Breve Cafe and Bar. Added to the mix are mushrooms and chilli, creating a perfect bowl of pasta that's ideal for a light lunch or dinner choice.
5. Battered and deep-fried
It's great when you can feel like you're eating all the right things even though they're covered in batter and deep-fried. And that's exactly what you can do with the Tempura Combination Basket at Restaurant 1903. The tempura batter is so light and crunchy and it contains a mix of prawn, broccoli, sweet potato, pumpkin and sweet potato. This dish is great for sharing alongside other mains, or just to eat on its own.
So take your pick and get that good-for-you broccoli in your belly today. Order now with Deliveroo.