Making broccoli taste good!

If you’re anything like me, you either aren’t currently, or in the past haven’t been, a broccoli fan. When I decided to become vegan, broccoli and I had a bit of a throw down. Fortunately, broccoli won out =) I actually quite like it now, but still not a huge fan of it plain and raw.

When I first started eating it regularly, I’d bring it as a snack with cauliflower (which I actually enjoy plain and raw) and dip them in hummus. I gradually decreased the amount of hummus until I was eating the veggies plain. But I always have preferred them slightly steamed on their own, or sautéed in a stirfry. Then, after I started being more interested in eating well for someone with a hormonal imbalance, I realised I shouldn’t be eating raw broccoli anyway. Raw broccoli is part of the brassica family (along with kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts and cauliflower) which is known to decrease thyroid function as they have goitrogenic properties. Now goitrogen foods can block iodine uptake to the thyroid, which is needed to help make the thyroid hormone. Once in awhile is ok, but too much can lead to hypothyroid symptoms. A way to avoid this is ensuring proper iodine and to lightly cook the vegetables. Keep in mind this is for people who already have thyroid issues.

Although I prefer eating my veggies raw for the most part, sometimes it’s healthier for me to lightly cook them. I try coming up with different ways of doing this to get more variety.


Lemony Broccoli

1 head of broccoli, washed & cut into bite size pieces

the juice of half a lemon

1 tsp of dulse flakes

Steam the broccoli for 3-5 minutes depending on how much you like it cooked (I prefer mine very lightly cooked and still crunchy with that bright green colour, so I stick to about 3 minutes). I actually don’t have a steamer so I have rigged this super fancy contraption of a pot filled with a couple of inches of water and use a metal colander on top to let the steam in.

Put the broccoli in a bowl and squeeze half of your lemon over it and stir it up. Now sprinkle the teaspoon of dulse flakes on. Dulse is very high in iodine, which great for thyroid health.

This is a great quick and easy snack!

I’ve shared this on my favourite weekly bloghops!

the veggie nook

Have a super fantastic weekend =)

8 thoughts on “Making broccoli taste good!

  1. I had finally got to a point where I enjoyed it raw, but learned shortly after that people thyroid issues shouldn’t have raw broccoli, so now I usually lightly steam it.
    Thanks Katrin =)

  2. I love broccoli! I love it steamed with a bit of lemon juice and nooch. I’m pretty sure that broccoli is one of few vegetables that are better for you when lightly cooked, not raw. Dr. Weil says you digest it better that way. Glad you’ve learned to be a broccoli lover!

    1. Oooh I’m going to have to try the lemon juice & nooch to switch it up – sounds great!
      Yes, I think some vegetables are much more easy to digest if lightly steamed.
      Thanks Sarina!

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