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Miso Glazed Broccoli

Plain veggies can be boring but doctoring it up with savory miso and spices can make anyone a broccoli lover.

Cruciferousvegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts contain slightly bitter compounds. While these are part of what makes this class of veggie so healthful, the taste can cause some people to avoid them. Using sauces, glazes and seasoning can improve taste immensely and cover the bitter flavor. Miso is a soybean paste you can buy in the refrigerated section of a natural foods store. It contains probiotic bacteria for a healthy gut. Miso tastes salty and savory, some people describe it as ‘umami’ – a word to describe pungent, rich flavors. Blending miso with a mayo base, the light sweetness of maple syrup and powerfully antioxidant-packed herbs offers a variety and depth of flavors to a basic vegetable. The spices used in this recipe are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties.

Serves 4

4 cups chopped broccoli florets
1 Tbs. white miso paste
2 tsp. hot water
2 Tbs. mayonnaise (vegan or regular)
1 Tbs. pure maple syrup
1 tsp. cumin seeds
½ tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. fresh dill

Steam broccoli lightly, 3-4 minutes, so it remains slightly crunchy. Drain and set aside while you prepare the miso glaze. Combine miso and hot water in a small mixing bowl until completely dissolved; be sure that water is hot but not boiling. Stir in remaining ingredients until creamy and smooth. Add additional hot water 1 Tbs. at a time if needed for consistency. Pour dressing over broccoli florets and serve as a savory side-dish.

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