Not My Mama’s Broccoli

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As a kid, there were many a night that I would sit at our dinner table for hours.  My Mom was always a stickler for “finishing all your vegetables.”  I’d stare at my cold asparagus spears or sweet potatoes for what seemed like an eternity.  Unless, that is… our fat Scotty dog, Derbie, came to the rescue.  That little chunk of a dog would eat anything (except mussels).  And as a kid, stuck with eating “yucky” vegetables, he was my dinner time hero!  He’d sit right under the table by my chair and eat chewed up asparagus, cold broccoli or chunks of secretly stowed away sweet potatoes.

I realize now as an adult, that my dislike of vegetables wasn’t because my mom wasn’t or isn’t a good cook.  She’s actually quite phenomenal.  But I think it’s just part of being a kid – you’re almost supposed to hate one vegetable or another.  My arch nemesis just happened to be asparagus and on occasion broccoli and sweet potatoes.  Broccoli unlike those other veggies has moved to the top of my fav vegetable list!  I’ve grown to really, really love it!  I think maybe now that I’m not forced to eat it, I generally have a happier outlook on my relationship with it.


Over the years broccoli and I have become very close friends.  Especially since the creation of my newest recipe – Balsamic Roasted Broccoli.  This dish only increases my love with this green cruciferous veggie.  In my humble opinion, it’s the best recipe in the world.  I would eat heads and heads of it if I could!  Actually…I do eat heads it…at least its a vegetable!  It’s so roasty and toasty with a little sweet tang from the balsamic vinegar.  It’s incredible!  Like, the best broccoli.  In the world!  Even kids will love it.  Well…maybe not.  They might still hate it just on principle.  But for you broccoli loving adults out there, give this recipe a try!  I know you’ll love it!

Balsamic Roasted Broccoli:

  • 4 cups broccoli florets (use the stems if you have them!)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving – optional.


  1. Preheat oven to 425* F.
  2. On a large sheet pan or baking dish, spread out the broccoli florets.  Toss with extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper and coat thoroughly.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove broccoli from oven and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.  Toss broccoli to coat well with vinegar.  Put sheet tray back in the oven.
  5. Continue to bake for another 20 minutes until broccoli is a deep golden brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately.  Sprinkle on freshly grated parmesan cheese if desired!  Highly recommended!

You tell me!  What vegetable did you hate as a child?  Did your parents make you sit at the table until your plate was cleared?  What veggie did you dislike as a child, but love today?


  1. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats

    April 8, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I LOVE roasted broccoli like this, especially with the fresh parm! I don’t remember being picky with vegetables but I am sure I was! I know I probably didn’t care for cabbages and brussels sprouts but love them now.

    • mewinebrenner

      April 9, 2013 at 6:29 am

      Yea I definitely didn’t like asparagus (still don’t) and sweet potatoes as a kid. But I try to give them another try every few months!

  2. ATasteOfMadness

    April 9, 2013 at 1:16 am

    WoW! I love broccoli, but I have never tried it like this. Definitely on my to-do list!

    • mewinebrenner

      April 9, 2013 at 6:28 am

      I highly recommend it! Hope it turns out well!

  3. Carrie

    April 9, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Wow! Looks very tasty! I didn’t used to like broccoli and most veggies back then… Now I request to have them served at dinner time 🙂 So good!

  4. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    April 9, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Roast broccoli – SWOON! Looks so good 🙂 I love how sweet veggies get after being roasted!

    • mewinebrenner

      April 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      Me too! Such a different flavor!

  5. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

    April 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    My mom did the same thing to me! I’d have to sit at the table for hours until she’d give up and let me go to bed. 🙂 Except for me, I’d always eat my veggies, but I wouldn’t eat the meat. This recipe sounds so tasty, especially with the cheese on top!

    • mewinebrenner

      April 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Hahaha! I think my Mom would have been happier if I skipped the meat instead of the veggies!

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