Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Broccoli With Garlic

Hopefully you already realize that eating plants is better for the planet than eating meat.  Animals that are raised for human consumption tend to pollute the environment in many ways.  Animals raised on factory farms are often fed antibiotics routinely so that the animals will not get sick in the unsanitary, crowded conditions in which they live.  These drugs get into the environment through the animal waste, seeping into the soil and waterways.  This can, in turn, affect wildlife.  The antibiotics fed to farm animals also lead to antibiotic-resistant strains of diseases that can threaten human health.  Eating many different vegetables as part of your meals allows you to eat less meat, and thereby help improve the Earth's health.  Having a repertoire of interesting ways to quickly prepare vegetables makes it easier to serve a nice variety with your meals.  This recipe makes a nice side dish that is suitable to accompany many different flavors.

Bunch of broccoli
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
olive oil
black pepper
toasted onion flavored sea salt (use plain sea salt if this flavor is not available)
½ tomato, chopped

Cut broccoli into florets.  Heat olive oil in large skillet.  Add garlic to hot olive oil and stir, then add broccoli and stir while cooking, attempting to get oil and garlic over as much broccoli as possible.  While cooking, sprinkle paprika and sea salt over all and stir.  Grind fresh black pepper over broccoli while cooking.  Add chopped tomato and stir.  Turn off heat and allow residual heat to finish cooking the dish.  Drizzle with additional olive oil.

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