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Recipe: 3-Step Garlic and Butter Broccoli

Happy August!

I can’t believe we’re already getting close to the end of Summer…time flies when you’re crazy busy.

Because I’ve got so much going on, it’s hard to plan ahead for dinner on weeknights.

Sometimes my husband and I will tag-team the cooking, with him handling the main protein and me doing the sides.

One of my favorite sides is steamed broccoli with garlic and butter, so I wanted to share that super simple recipe with you today!

I’m rather picky when it comes to food, but I really like broccoli and I can have this side over and over without getting tired of it.

I tend to make it a lot because I want to make sure I get my veggies, plus it only takes about five minutes to cook.

If you’re looking for a quick, healthy dish that you can add to almost any dinner, this is a great one for you!

  • What you’ll need
  • 1 head of raw broccoli
  • • Water for boiling
  • • 2 teaspoons butter
  • • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Step 1: Steam the Broccoli

    Fill a medium-sized pot about halfway with water. Salt the water and heat on high until boiling.

    Cut up the head of broccoli and place the florets into the boiling water. I try to place them in stems-down since the stems take a bit longer to steam.

    Cover the pot and let the broccoli cook in the boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Be sure to check on the broccoli periodically to ensure it doesn’t get too soft for your liking.

    If you have a vegetable steamer, feel free to use that! I personally prefer to just boil water stovetop.

    Step 2: Add Some Flavor

    Once the broccoli is tender enough, strain it and let it sit in the strainer.

    Return the empty pot back to the stove, turning the heat down to low. Melt the butter in the pot.

    Add in the garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix it around in the melted butter to create a garlic and butter sauce.

    Add in the broccoli and continue to mix until the broccoli gets a nice garlic and butter coating on it.

    Step 3: Serve and Enjoy!

    Once the broccoli and sauce are mixed, remove it from the heat and serve immediately.

    Try not to keep it on the heat for too long or the broccoli may get a bit mushy.

    That’s it! Just three simple steps to a delicious, healthy, and convenient side dish.

    What are some of your own favorite simple recipes? I’m always looking for more ideas to spice up my weekly menu.

    Hope you all have a great rest of your day and weekend! I’ll be back soon with some great haul pieces to share. 😊💕

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    Recipe: Easy One Pan Salmon Dinner

    Hi friends,

    What a week…who else is pumped that it’s Friday?

    Friday is a popular night for eating out, whether it’s for date night, a special occasion, drinks, or just being too tired from the week to cook.

    I actually tend to want to stay in on Friday nights, especially when I’ve had a busy week, but that leaves the options of spending time cooking or ordering take-out.

    I try to avoid take-out (or at least keep it to only a few times each month) because I feel like I eat healthier when I’m eating at home, so that’s why I think it’s so important to have some quick, easy dinners in the arsenal for times like this!

    This salmon recipe only includes a few ingredients, you only need to use one pan, and it’s ready fairly quickly.

    Those are all signs of a great option for a lazy Friday night, in my opinion!

    Alright, so let’s get into the recipe.

    Ingredients
    1. 2 salmon fillets (0.5 lb each)
    2. 1 heads of raw broccoli
    3. Butter for cooking
    4. Basmati rice (or any rice of your choosing) – I use the Uncle Ben’s microwaveable rice
    5. 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
    6. Salt, pepper, Old Bay or any other seasoning of your choice

    Step 1: Season

    The first step is deciding what type of salmon you’d like to have, because you can use this cooking method regardless! For this specific recipe, add salt, pepper, and Old Bay to the top side of your fillets.

    Step 2: Stove Top

    Melt a thin pad of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the garlic, followed by the salmon fillets, skin side up.

    Cut up the broccoli and add it to the pan, around and on top of the salmon fillets. Add some salt and pepper to the broccoli if you wish.

    Cook for 5-10 minutes on medium heat. When the salmon is ready to flip, you’ll start to see little white bits trickling in from the sides.

    If you wish, you can turn the heat up to high for one additional minute before flipping the fillets. This creates a sear on the outside and helps to lock in flavor.

    Step 3: In the Oven

    Flip your fish over so that the skin side is down. Sprinkle some additional garlic on top if you wish.

    Put the skillet directly into the oven and bake at 425˚F for an additional 5-10 minutes.

    Step 4: Serve

    Serve the fish over rice and drizzle any additional juices from the bottom of the skillet over the top of your meal.

    That’s it! It really is that easy to make this Salmon dinner, and the fish and broccoli come out great every time!

    If you want, feel free to try this with different veggies and seasonings, or with a favorite sauce.

    Hope you enjoy! Be on the lookout for my next post, which will cover the super fun activities I’m doing this weekend! ❤ 🙂