Broccoli and Cauliflower

Raw Cauliflower Tabbouli

Cauliflower tabbouleh

Don’t get me wrong —there’s nothing wrong with making tabbouli (the Middle Eastern classic grain-and-parsley salad) with bulgur, or even the modern rendition, with quinoa. Especially the latter, yum! But in the summer I just love to eat really light, and discovered the trick of making a grain-like salad backdrop from raw cauliflower. Try this salad simply as is or with the optional variations listed below. Serve with hummus (ready-made or homemade), fresh pita, and stuffed grape leaves for an easy meal. more→

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Thai-Flavored Tofu and Broccoli

Thai broccoli and tofu with peanut satay sauce

Serve this easy dish of tofu and broccoli in a prepared Thai peanut satay sauce over rice or bean-thread noodles, a simple coleslaw dressed in sesame-ginger dressing, and strips of red bell pepper and cherry tomatoes. Thai peanut satay sauce provides a bold flavor and is surprisingly low in calories.  more→

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Cauliflower, Carrot, and Olive Salad

Cauliflower and carrot salad with black olives

Here’s an easy salad of lightly cooked cauliflower and raw carrots, with lots of extra flavor from parsley, olives, and sunflower seeds. This works well with a compatible hearty salad like Tabbouli. Add store-bought or homemade hummus and warm pita bread, and you’ve got a great warm-weather meal. more→

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Sautéed Broccoli or Broccoli Rabe, Baby Carrots and Yellow Squash

Broccoli, carrot, and squash sauté

This colorful trio of sautéed vegetables was one I made often when my kids were growing up, as the combination of broccoli, carrots, and yellow squash seemed to make everyone happy. it complements many different kinds of main dishes, including pastas, potatoes, and grains. more→

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Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

Cauliflower rice pilaf

Once you have some rice cooked, this sturdy, aromatic dish featuring cauliflower and curry seasonings comes together quickly. For a nice meal, serve with Lentils with Greens and Sun-Dried Tomatoes and a simple salad. more→

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Penne and Broccoli with Tomatoes, Walnuts, and Raisins

Broccoli in a seashell dish

This pasta dish is filled with a variety of delicious flavors and textures — tomatoes walnuts, as well as along with healthful broccoli. Broccoli is loaded with calcium and vitamin C and nutrient-rich walnuts are a good source of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid.  more→

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Lemony Couscous with Broccoli

Lemony couscous with broccoli

This simple combination of couscous and broccoli, bright with lemony flavor, be too light to serve as a meal’s centerpiece, but it’s perfect for pairing with a dish of equal heft, like a bean or legume dish, or a main dish salad. I’ve also enjoyed leftovers of this served cold in a wrap with shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Stir-Fried Vegetables with Ravioli

Tofu-filled ravioli are reminiscent of little dumplings in this veggie stir-fry. Using hoisin sauce to finish the dish adds a tasty glaze and just the right flavor kick to the mild ravioli.

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