Snack Girl’s Crunchy Sweet Roasted Broccoli

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This recipe from Snack Girl to the Rescue! (Harmony Books) by Lisa Cain, founder of, an award winning website about healthy eating and weight management. If you have never seen her website, it’s definitely time to check it out. Her down to earth, practical and fun approach has earned her a huge following.

Lisa started off offering her readers ideas and recipes for healthy snacking along with reviews of various products but she has moved on to include great ideas for all day long.

Her book is packed with all kinds of practical info, tons of lists of tips and 100 recipes – all in a humorous tone.
Lisa asks “What if you could make broccoli taste as good as, say, potato chips? Would you give that recipe a try? Even die-hard broccoli haters give the veg another chance. It has a secret ingredient (sugar) that helps soften broccoli’s slightly bitter edge. “

Crunchy Sweet Roasted Broccoli

2 pounds (1 kg) broccoli crowns
2 tbsp (25 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp (5 mL) sugar
1/2 t tsp (2 mL) salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste (optional)

Position an oven rack in the lowest position and preheat the oven to 500 oF/260 °C. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the prepared sheet on the lowest oven rack while the oven heats.

Cut the broccoli crowns into 4 wedges, cutting lengthwise from the crown through the stem. Place the broccoli in a large bowl and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle the sugar, salt, and optional pepper over the broccoli and toss to combine.

When oven is hot, transfer the broccoli to the baking sheet and roast until slightly browned and very crunchy, about 15 minutes.

Makes 8 servings

Nutrition information per serving
• Calories: 64
• Protein: 3 grams
• Fat: 4 grams
• Saturated fat: 1 gram
• Carbohydrate: 6 grams
• Dietary fibre: 3 grams
• Sodium: 178 milligrams

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Categories: Book Review, Recipes

Author:Rosie Schwartz

Rosie Schwartz is a Toronto-based consulting dietitian and writer.

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