Although it is Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, I dare to post this party snack recipe – it is vegan, plant based and you can take it any day of the year. Even if I do not like to speak or to write in superlatives I can claim: this is one of the best vegetable spreads or pestos! Believe me, even if you do not like broccoli (my husband hated it and became a very big fan of this). The reason why nobody likes broccoli is that it is always served cooked and not only cooked but overcooked. You get something green and mushy that looks sad and tastes awful. No, it doesn´t taste awful, it has no taste. Use the broccoli raw and the dish tastes wonderful, exquisite, glorious, delicious!
Wash broccoli, cut it in small florets and chop the dried tomato pieces. Put it into a bowl.
Add garlic or garlic powder, salt, pepper and oil. Start with 2, 3 Tbsp, mix with a hand mixer and add oil until everything is very creamy. You can take as much oil as you like if it is organic and best quality! – When using it as pesto add more garlic, chili flakes, basil and oil.
Serve it with crackers and garnish with chili flakes and cress. The one I took is called “radish cress” and tastes very good.
What the crackers concern: I took this recipe, replaced the sunflower seeds by sesame seeds and added ½ cup of grated courgette / zucchini (squeeze as much liquid out as you can). It was nice, but the original tastes better. My opinion. Maybe I didn´t season enough. – I wonder knowing if anybody varied the cracker recipe …
Broccoli contains high amounts of potassium, magnesium, calcium and vitamin K. Only these four – there are of course much more minerals, vitamins and trace elements in – help to maintain a healthy nervous system and an optimal brain function, to regulate blood pressure and to prevent osteoporosis. Broccoli is high in vitamin C, an antioxidant for fighting against free radicals. It is helpful in repairing skin damage and for the immune system, it is anti-carcinogen and hinders the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, it boosts the liver function and so on … You really do not like to take broccoli?
* More about the two meanings of “medici” on the menu bar under “About” (at the very bottom of the article).