Eat Your Broccoli

by Dana Demas

Your mom probably told you to eat your veggies when you were young. Do you still try to get your five a day now?

It turns out that broccoli may be especially good at destroying breast cancer stem cells. Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered that a compound found in broccoli, sulforaphane, prevented tumors from growing.

However, not everybody likes the stuff. This broccoli recipe comes from Anthony Todd at Chicagoist. It is hands-down the most fantastic way to prepare broccoli I’ve ever found. The magic is in the spicy-salty-sweet combination. Try it out tonight!

Spicy/Brown Sugar Broccoli

1 pound of broccoli, florets detached.
2 tbsp ginger, grated
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tsp cornstarch, mixed with 2 tbsp water
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cayenne (optional)
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Vodka (optional)

Combine the soy sauce, cornstarch, brown sugar and cayenne in a small bowl. Whisk thoroughly to dissolve the sugar. In a large skillet or wok, heat the oil. (Whenever you sauté broccoli, be sure to add enough oil - it absorbs it very quickly and will burn if there isn’t enough. Looking to make your broccoli go further? Try peeling and slicing the stems and adding them to the pan - they taste great!)

Fry the garlic and ginger in the oil for 1 minute. Add the broccoli and saute for 2 minutes. Add the sauce, tossing well with the broccoli. Cook for another 2 minutes - uncovered if you like crisp, covered if you prefer slightly softer. When you finish cooking, sprinkle with the vodka for an extra kick. Serve immediately!