My dad claims my first word was “broccoli.” I believe him. He probably roasted it when I was a wee one and the sweet aromas from the perfectly cooked dish wafted over to my high chair and drew out this first utterance: “Broccoli.”

…or he’s just pulling my leg.

This is our favorite way of eating broccoli. Roasting it brings out the sweet flavors of the broccoli and creates crispy ends that are just so good. Really, there’s nothing better than crispy edges of food (think about it…).  This healthy dish compliments just about any protein you’re serving up throughout the week. And who knows, maybe your little one will soon be asking for it by name.

Simple Roasted Broccoli
Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 45 min.


2 lbs. broccoli crowns
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper


Preheat oven to 375°. Cut the stem off the broccoli stem and cut into thin 1/4″ medallions. Place all medallions in a large bowl. Pull apart broccoli crowns into pieces and add to the bowl. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place on a sheet pan and bake for 45 minutes until edges are brown.