Garlic Broccolini at Willow
Did you know garlic itself is a flavor enhancer and will draw out the delicious notes of the salty-sweet broccolini? That’s why garlic broccolini is the perfect healthy snack or tasty side dish. Discover this vegetable in a new way at Willow in NYC. Or cook your own with our recipe below. We guarantee there’s no better way to enjoy your nutrient-rich snack.
Since its founding, Willow has taken pride in offering delicious, healthy alternatives to traditional American classics. By elevating each dish with a sophisticated twist, our professional chefs serve up innovative and beautifully presented vegan cuisine!
What is Broccolini?
Though the word “broccolini” may sound similar to the old childhood nemesis broccoli, the two are actually completely distinct, with far fewer commonalities than you might guess.
In terms of taste, broccolini is both milder and slightly sweeter, with less of the bitter aftertaste that so many still associate with traditional broccoli.
Whereas broccoli grows in a single thick, chewy stalk, broccolini is a longer, thinner vegetable. In addition to resulting in a more tender, easily edible plant, this structural change means that the general appearance has a more elegant, sophisticated flair. This thin shape also means that it requires less cooking time, making it the perfect vegetable for a simple sautee or grilled side.
Though this veggie may look and taste fairly different from its cousin, the broccoli, it’s still a nutritional powerhouse!
As a dark, leafy green, broccolini is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Just a small serving of broccolini contains a full seven percent of your daily iron needs, as well as four percent of the required calcium. With only thirty-five calories a serving, this filling veggie makes a fantastic side for anyone hoping to indulge in a delicious meal without breaking their dietary plan.
The strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in this vegetable help the body stay strong against the damaging effects of stress, while the anti-cancer qualities may reduce stress for a whole different reason!
No matter how you cut it, broccolini makes for a tasty, smart addition to any meal plan!
Garlic Broccolini Recipe
With its fast cooking time, health benefits, and fresh flavor, this easy garlic broccolini recipe will have you wondering why this hasn’t always been on your menu.
Once you master the art of preparing this dish on its own, flex your creativity! Add your favorite cajun spices or seasonings, experiment with additions like balsamic onions or fresh scallions, and discover new ways to enjoy this nutritious side dish.
|1 pound of broccolini|
5 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
|1/3 cup of water|
Salt (to taste)
- Prepare this veggie by rinsing, drying, and cutting off the rough ends of the stem, removing roughly 1/2 an inch from the bottom.
- Chop the garlic into fine slivers.
- Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and allow to simmer for roughly thirty seconds, stirring to ensure even cooking.
- Add the broccolini to the pan and toss in the garlic and oil. Continue to cook for around eight minutes, until the tips of the florets are slightly charred.
- Add the salt and water to the pan, then cover. Allow the broccolini to steam for about two additional minutes, until they have reached the desired level of softness and flavor. The finished dish should be brilliantly green and ready to plate.
Mouthwatering Sides at Willow
Regardless of your mood– whether you are looking for a healthy alternative or just delectable comfort food– Willow is ready to please. We offer an assortment of different sides, allowing you to fully customize your meal to your heart’s content!
Enjoy selecting from:
- Garlic broccolini picked at peak freshness and cooked to perfection
- Hand-cut fries, served in three different mouthwatering flavor options: garlic and parsley, cajun, or traditional sea salt
- A healthy side salad, prepared with house-made dressing
Regardless of your pick, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the tasty, fully vegan options served hot and steaming at your table! Every guest can find something to love on our full menu that accommodates many dietary restrictions. Come enjoy a meal in our gorgeously designed restaurant or place an order for pickup/delivery to treat yourself to a well-deserved dinner.