Sauteed Broccoli and Red Bell Pepper is a quick and easy vegetable side dish that complements almost any meal.
|Sauteed Broccoli and Red Bell Pepper|
I’ve tried to come up with tastier concoctions over the years so vegetables aren’t an after thought when I’m making dinner. I find mixing it up during the week requires some planning, but it is well worth it. When I shop, I try to pick up whatever green vegetables look fresh and vibrant, in addition to the old standbys that I know my kids will eat, imagining how well nourished my family will be if I prepare these wonderful nutritious vegetables for them at dinnertime.
Sauteed Broccoli and Red Bell Pepper
- 1 bunch broccoli cut into florets; if using stems, trim, peel and slice
- 1 red bell pepper trimmed, seeds and membranes removed, diced
- 1 shallot minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Steam broccoli or blanch broccoli. To steam broccoli, bring 1" of water to boil in a large stockpot. Place broccoli in <g class="gr_ gr_168 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="168" data-gr-id="168">steamer</g> basket. Steam for 5-6 minutes until just tender. Alternatively, blanch broccoli by bringing a pot of water to boil. Add broccoli. Cook 5-6 minutes. Remove broccoli and place in <g class="gr_ gr_169 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="169" data-gr-id="169">bowl</g> filled with ice water to retain bright green color; drain.
Heat olive oil in a saute pan and add shallots. Stir and cook until translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Add red bell pepper and saute 1 minute. Add cooked broccoli, season to taste with salt and pepper, and toss until heated through.
Sometimes, I steam or blanch the broccoli ahead of time; then when I'm ready to cook dinner, I just saute the vegetables quickly.