Roasted Broccoli with Peanut Sauce

Roasted Broccoli with Peanut Sauce

Hope you all had a great weekend!!  Even though it was a bit chilly outside we decided to make the best of the day and go for a nice LONG hike on Saturday which was quite the adventure.  There were a few learnings that came from this hike.  #1 – discuss how long of a hike you’re actually looking to do before you set out on it,  #2 – figure out what the actual distance of trails are before you just point at one and decide to do it, #3 – bring some FREAKING WATER.  As you can guess by me calling them “learnings,” we did none of these things.  It was probably my fault even though I would really love to blame it on Tom.  It makes things so much easier when you can blame things on other people isn’t it?  About 2 miles into the hike we took a look at the trail map and realized we could either head back on the shorter trail or go around the lake and make it a longer hike.  I wasn’t really ready to call it a day so I probably pushed for the longer option (even though I’ll blame it on Tom).  It was a gorgeous day, I wasn’t tired yet, why stop then right? KEEP GOING!  So, that’s what we did.  We kept going and going and going.  About an hour later we ended up near a road and recognized a Mexican restaurant that I knew was a good 10-15 minute drive from where we started.  You heard the word “drive” right?  It was about at this point that I started to slightly freak out.  We had been out in the woods for 2 hours and we had no water and my lips were SO chapped.  I was seriously considering crawling down to the lake and drinking water from it.  I started to throw a little temper tantrum inside.  Isn’t it annoying that we can’t break down and throw temper tantrums like two year olds?  Sometimes it would be so nice to break down, throw stuff, scream and cry.  Just get it all out and move on.  SO, I was a responsible adult and kept my screaming inside and then got over it.  8 miles later we finally made it back to the car and got to drink WATER!  I seriously feel for people who have been stranded in the woods, 4 hours exercising without water was pretty miserable.

Lesson learned (TOM!! hehe jk).  Regardless it was a good hike and we got to have a big pizza for dinner with zero guilt!

Roasted Broccoli with Peanut Sauce

Know what’s delicious? Peanut sauce.  Know what’s also delicious? Roasted Broccoli.

This side dish will have you swooning if your a broccoli/peanut loving nut like me.  Creamy sweet peanut sauce with savory caramelized roasted broccoli. Um yah. Just do it.

Oooh, I just had an idea!  Throw some quinoa under this and make it an entire dinner! Who says it can’t be the star of the show??

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(p.s. – this recipe makes a little more peanut sauce then you will need, just eat it with a spoon, its allowed, I won’t tell)

Enjoy!

 

WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:

The outfits I can wear when I work from home.

clothes

Case and point.  This is what I wore today.  A blue hoodie, ripped jeans and my polka dotted slippers.  I love not having to shop for two different wardrobes.  I just buy stuff that I like and stuff that’s comfy.  Its the BEST!

(like my ballet first position??)

Roasted Broccoli with Peanut Sauce

Allergy Peanuts, Soy, Tree Nuts
Dietary Vegetarian
Misc Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 1 head broccoli (washed & cut into small florets)
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Optional

  • crushed peanuts (for garnish)

peanut sauce

  • 1/4 cup creamy unsalted peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons warm water

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Blend all of the peanut sauce ingredients in a blender until smooth & creamy, set aside.
2. Toss the broccoli in olive oil and season well with salt & pepper. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes until soft and lightly crispy.
3. Serve the roasted broccoli with a drizzle of peanut sauce and crushed peanuts.

 

 

6 Responses to Roasted Broccoli with Peanut Sauce

  1. Kathy says:

    Is sweet chili sauce different from, say, Heinz Chili Sauce?

    • Mai-Lis says:

      Hi Kathy! Yes they are different, you’ll usually find it in the asian aisle of the supermarket, here is the one I use http://www.amazon.com/Mae-Ploy-Sweet-Chili-Sauce/dp/B00023T3C6. It just adds a nice sweetness and little spice. If you don’t have any you could substitute some brown sugar for the sweetness and something to add heat like sriracha or a little crushed red pepper, you may need to add a little more water to get the right consistency.

  2. Kathy says:

    Great, thanks ! 🙂

  3. EmilyG says:

    I make this for dinner a lot (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Asian-Turkey-Lettuce-Wraps-106963), but I added roasted broccoli and carrots to it tonight and served it over rice. Yum! Thanks for the great idea!!

  4. […] Simply marinate the chicken (or beef) in the marinade for a few hours or overnight and then grill it up and you’ve got yourself some OH SO TASTY chicken.  Its so good you don’t even need the peanut sauce but obviously everything is always better with a little peanut sauce. […]

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