Maybe your kids would rather make their beds than eat broccoli. But this bright bunch, related to cauliflower and brussels sprouts, deserves a reputation reboot. It's loaded with vitamin C, folate, and dietary fiber, and one cup of florets has all the calcium you need in a day. The best part? It doesn't take much effort to turn this versatile veg into something truly delicious.
Select broccoli with firm stalks and closed, tightly packed florets that are deep green (or even tinted purple). Store in the refrigerator in a ventilated plastic bag for up to four days.
Broccoli lends itself as well to a quick toss in a hot pan as it does to a long, luxurious braise. It can be steamed, stir-fried, boiled, roasted, or pureed. The flavor marries well with a wide variety of seasonings and ingredients, so it can accompany nearly any main dish.