My first broccoli and I still unfortunately don’t understand this plant just yet. My father told me broccoli didn’t grow very well in our super hot environment here in Texas but me being myself took that as a challenge, went ahead and bought two baby broccoli plants.
They did well in the beginning and made two bunches of broccoli right at the top of each thick stocky stem then when I cut the broccoli they EXPLODED. The stocky stem turned into a huge giant stocky stem and five or six new branches popped out from the sides and each turned into small broccoli florets as well. When I pruned them again it exploded once more but this time no florets. And that’s where I am now pruning constantly with no broccoli.
I’m going to do a little research and figure out how to get more broccoli and less branches and leaves but for now I have so many broccoli prunings and so little available recipes for them. So I made my own.
The broccoli plant has a bright green grassy flavor almost like wheatgrass and from ricing them to stewing them to creaming them now came what may be my favorote recipe yet! Broccoli prunings Bolognese!
The broccoli plant is so strong and fresh but a little bitter so in this recipe I’m really using the meaty texture it has in place of meat and hiding the flavor a little in a tomato sauce. I had a few other veggies in the fridge I needed to use up so a vegetable Bolognese is the perfect place to throw in whatever else you’ve got!
I started to boil water for the pasta and got a pan searing hot. Once the water is boiling add salt and start your pasta then work on your sauce! First I ground up some mushrooms I had going south to the consistency of ground beef and threw them in the hot pan with a little oil and salt and left it screaming hot till they browned and got a tiny bit crispy. I broke the broccoli plant up next and threw in the processor till the same ground beef texture. This will take a while since the plant is very strong and fiberous so keep going till it’s all one size, you may need to take the top and push down with a spatula to keep it from sticking to the sides. Make a little extra and freeze it too or add it to your dogs food like I did! Fresh greens do wonders for dogs diets just like humans!
Once it’s done throw in with the mushrooms and give a quick stir. I then riced a few chunks of cauliflower I had on hand as well and threw them into the veggie party!! Once everything is cooked down a bit I added a premade tomato sauce and let it all cook together for about 10 minutes.
The pasta will be done when you leave your sauce to simmer. Once it’s done salt it to your content and eat up!! This will have you thinking twice before throwing or composting your prunes stems and leaves!
Growing and thriving ♡
Broccoli prunings Bolognese
- One box mushrooms
- One cup riced cauliflower
- Four cups riced broccoli prunings
- One jar of your favorite pasta sauce
- Rice your mushrooms, cauliflower and broccoli prunings till a very ground beef like consistency.
- Add a little oil to a very hot pan and cook down your mushrooms adding a little salt to break them down.
- Add in cauliflower and broccoli prunings a little more salt and sautee till everything is soft then add in your sauce and cook it all together for about an hour.
- Eat with any kind of pasta you like or anything else!! I had it with eggs, on bruschetta, and I even used left over riced broccoli prunings in my dogs food for some added nutrients!