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29 Broccoli Recipes That You'll Actually Get Excited About Eating

This vegetable has stymied everyone, including the leaders of our country.
02/15/2018 05:46am ET | Updated February 28, 2018

Broccoli has a bad reputation, and unfortunately it’s somewhat deserved. All too often this vegetable gets cooked beyond recognition. Stalks become limp; the color of the head fades. It’s pitiful. George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, banned broccoli from Air Force One and publicly admitted he still won’t touch this veggie.

But if you know how to make broccoli actually taste good, it can be glorious. In fact, Barack Obama has said it’s his favorite food.

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It’s time everyone gave broccoli one more chance. Not just because it pairs extremely well with cheese, but because it’s a nutritional powerhouse. Broccoli has special cholesterol-lowering benefits, is loaded with vitamins A and D, and it has unique anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains a significant amount of protein ― one cup has about 2.5 grams ― and is full of fiber.

Pretty impressive, huh? And when prepared in one of the 29 recipes below, it’s delicious, too.

1
Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli Salad
Half Baked Harvest
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2
Broccoli Soup With Ginger And Lemon
Naturally Ella
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3
Perfect Roasted Broccoli
A Spicy Perspective
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4
Roasted Broccoli Peanut Noodles
Naturally Ella
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5
Best Broccoli Salad
Oh Sweet Basil
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6
Whole Wheat Lemon Roasted Broccoli Pizza
Half Baked Harvest
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7
Broccoli & Cheddar Soup Grilled Cheese
BS In The Kitchen
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8
Greek Broccoli Salad
Cookie + Kate
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9
Broccoli Quinoa Salad With Creamy Lemon Dressing
Well Plated
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10
Broccoli Soba Bowl
I Am A Food Blog
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11
Broccoli With Cheese Sauce
Oh Sweet Basil
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12
Roasted Broccoli Pasta With Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese Sauce
Naturally Ella
13
Harissa Broccoli, Spinach And Wild Rice Casserole With Crispy Prosciutto
Half Baked Harvest
14
Broccoli And Shiitake Mushrooms
Foodie Crush
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15
Simple Broccoli Soup
Not Enough Cinnamon
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16
Broccoli Chickpea Bowl With Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
Naturally Ella
17
Rejuvenating Winter Broccoli Salad
Half Baked Harvest
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18
Chicken And Broccoli Alfredo
Damn Delicious
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19
Chicken And Broccoli Skillet Bake
Half Baked Harvest
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20
Roasted Broccoli Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad
Minimalist Baker
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21
Pasta With Roasted Broccoli And Chicken Sausage
The Clever Carrot
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22
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
Damn Delicious
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23
Beef Stir Fry With Broccoli
The Woks Of Life
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24
Easy Shrimp And Broccoli Stir Fry
Damn Delicious
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25
Pan-Roasted Cashew Broccoli
Not Enough Cinnamon
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26
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Damn Delicious
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27
Slow Cooker Beef And Broccoli
Well Plated
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28
Cheddar Cheese Broccoli Tots
I Am A Food Blog
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29
Broccoli Cheddar Soup Mini Pies
Half Baked Harvest
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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story indicated broccoli is an incomplete protein that needs to be combined with other forms, but recent studies have disputed the idea that vegetable proteins must be combined.

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