These are great ideas. I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't like broccoli raw. I can make a meal out of cooked broccoli with a little lemon and butter or an ounce of cheddar, though. I think a small amount of fat makes it easier to digest.
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You could try Greek Yoghurt with some lemon pepper in it to give it a bit more taste and a "bite" as a dip. It is quite nice, and lemon goes well with broccoli, anyway.
Apart from that, if you don't like it, there are many other things that you can eat.
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Dannon Yogurt Dips. I buy the French Onion ( 25 cal, 1 gram fat per tbsp) It tastes great and I dip raw brocolli and other veggie in that. They have other flavors of dip in this too!
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I buy the large bags of precut broccoli and steam it in the microwave. After I steam it I melt a small amount of grated cheese on top and sprinkle with a lot of freshly ground black pepper. Eating it raw gives me gas.
We usually have it steamed as it comes (it's lovely if it's not overdone!), but we also often chop it really finely and add it into tomato sauces that we make for pizza/pasta, or if we're doing up some beans to go inside burritos or enchiladas. (Grated carrot and/or courgette is another thing that goes into lots of our sauces).
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I would try steaming it and then chilling it as others have suggested. Also, if you don't like it, don't eat it! Unless it's the only vegetable you like at all, what is the point in making yourself eat something you don't like?
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@BunnyKicks - yesterday my lunch was steamed green beans with spicy hummus. DH made a face when I told him what I'd eaten, but it was actually good!
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I'll eat broccoli, but it's never something I'm going to request!
DH buys it all the time 'because he needs to eat healthy'. And **I** end up eating it so it doesn't go to waste.
raw w/hummus or some type of vinaigrette dressing lightly steamed with some lemon juice chopped up in a tossed salad
there are also broccoli salad recipes that you may like
I like my broccoli best steamed with lemon pepper or a splash of lemon juice. Raw is not for me, except maybe chopped finely in a salad. Greek yogurt mixed with seasonings does make a good dip for veggies though.
I agree with the PP to find something that you like to eat raw without anything on it or just a minimal amount of dressing/dip. For me, that's carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers and celery for the most part. I prefer the rest of my veggies roasted or steamed.
Hummus makes a good dip for vegetables. It would be good on broccoli. You could also try peeling the big stems (cutting off the toughest bottom part) and cutting it into strips. I don't care for the "flowers" of broccoli when they are raw (weird texture when i try and chew them) but the stems actually make a nice sturdy dipping vegetable.
Also, if you just so happen to hate broccoli, don't force yourself to eat it. You'll only end up resenting "healthy eating" and that increases the odds that you will stop! Find veg that you do like - cherry tomatoes? raw mushrooms? cucumber slices? carrot stix? cauliflower? lightly-blanched green beans? celery? strips of zucchini? A sturdy romaine lettuce leaf with the "dip" rolled up inside, lettuce-wrap-style? Lots of options for "healthy veggie snacks!" There's bound to be a few that you actually enjoy, instead of forcing yourself to suffer through. Load up on the stuff you like most, and either ditch the veg you don't like, or "introduce" them to yourself slowly - i.e. a serving of assorted veg that you like with just ONE chunk of the offending broccoli. It's not so intimidating when there's only one piece.
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Yeah, raw broccoli can be unpleasant. Not always, but it's hard work to chew and tastes a little...farm-y. Blanching it for just under a minute can solve both of these problems. Blanch it then let it cool completely and serve it up with hummus, tzatziki, blue cheese dip, artichoke and asiago dip, baba gannouj...any dip you find pleasing.
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I don't like raw broccoli but I would try it with hummus. Actually, I would probably steam it in the office microwave if that were an option.
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I find raw broccoli to be not my favourite and I like it even less after getting sick from eating it recently. You could quickly steam and then and ice bath to keep it crisp.
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