March 4th, 2019

Broccolini, broccoli and broccoli rabe− it's easy to get confused because the names are so similar, and they are all green vegetables. But they are each quite different in flavor, texture, and how they should be cooked. You can use them as either a side, a salad, roasted, or steamed. All three are very versatile, highly nutritious, and have flavors found in cuisines around the world. In my opinion, I consider them all "superfoods," but they cost a fraction of the price of other so-called superfoods. Mixing broccolini with ancient grains, another outstanding nutritional

powerhouse, make this entrée a complete meal that the whole family will truly benefit from and, hopefully, enjoy.
Brocconlini, which is a member of the brassica family along with bok choy, cabbage, kale, Swiss chard and kohlrabi, are all excellent sources of the anti-cancer fighting nutrients called isothiocyanates. They help neutralize carcinogens in the body. Studies have shown that isothiocyanates help prevent lung and esophageal cancer and can help lower the risk of other cancers found in the gut. So it's fair to say, "Eat your greens every day and that includes members of the brassica family."
Broccolini Goat's Cheese & Ancient Grain Salad
Serves 4
1 cup ancient grains
2 cups low sodium vegetable stock
1 lemon, juice and zest of
4 cups broccolini
2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup pine nuts
½ cup goats cheese or feta cheese, crumbled
¼ teaspoon chili flakes
¼ teaspoon cumin
1 lemon, zest and juice of
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon mint leaves
1 tablespoon cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon parsley leaves
How to make:
Place the ancient grains into a saucepan and the stock, zest and lemon juice, place on the stove bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer, cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil, add the broccolini and boil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain well and set aside keep warm.
For the dressing, place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
In a large salad bowl, combine the broccolini, tomatoes, ancient grains, raisins and herb dressing.
Sprinkle over the chili flakes, cumin, and goat's cheese, lightly toss to coat, serve and enjoy!!!! This dish is great hot or cold.

Chef Mark .

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