Friday, 8 August 2008

Roasted Asparagus & Broccoli with Garlic & Basil

We have a love-hate relationship with the 'healthy' veggies. The ones that I love, GM doesn't and vice versa. So to avoid each other's disliking, we avoid making these veggies altogether. Some examples being Brussels Sprouts, which I like but GM is not fond of. Another was Asparagus, which was favoured by GM but I avoided it. I say was because after trying it with the Garlic-Basil combination, I have warmed up to this healthy shoot.

As for Broccoli, we had never actually tried making it at home. So we thought of giving it a try and paired it up with the Asparagus.

Serves 2 (as a side)


  • 12-15 Asparagus tips
  • 8-10 florets of Broccoli
  • 1 tblsp Olive oil
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 6-8 Basil leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt & Black pepper powder


Pre heat the oven to 200 deg C.

Discard the hard & stalky portion of the Asparagus and wash them thoroughly. Watch this for a detailed explanation.


Take the asparagus tips and Broccoli florets in a bowl. Add the olive oil, garlic and basil. Season with salt & pepper and mix thoroughly.

Arrange the asparagus shoots & the broccoli on an oven tray without crowding them too much.

Place the oven tray in the pre heated oven and roast for 15-20 min or until the tips start browning. Both the Asparagus & Broccoli turn a bright green shade once cooked. Remove and serve hot.

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The addition of Garlic & Basil did wonders to the Asparagus, which I had thought to be a little bland the last time I had it. And for a change, both of us liked the Broccoli, no two ways about that.

I am sending this to Dee's Herb Mania, basil being the chosen one this month.


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