Craving Something Green!

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I don’t know about you but after a couple of days of turkey leftovers I’m turkeyed out and craving something green, broccoli rabe/ rapini will always satisfy my craving!

Broccoli rabe is highly nutritious and contains many antioxidants in just a small portion, something I definitely need right about now!
If you’ve never tried broccoli rabe it’s taste is something similar to kale with a slightly bitter bite to it, wonderful as a side dish and so good with pasta!

Blanching in boiling water for 3 minutes and then placing in an ice bath will help reduce that bite a little, but after all it’s a hearty green and that slightly bitter taste is the distinctive quality of broccoli rabe.

Drizzle a generous amount of olive oil in the bottom of a saute pan, add shaved garlic and cook until golden along with red pepper flakes to taste. Place your drained broccoli rabe in the pan and cook until tender around 10 to 15 minutes, you can add a tiny bit of water or even some broth to create steam to help it cook through to your desired tenderness, finish off with a squeeze of lemon on top and a drizzle more of olive oil.

I served my broccoli rabe on the side with spaghetti squash tossed with roasted red peppers and a boneless pork cutlet, I told you I was turkeyed out!

Buon Appetito!

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  1. I have been craving some serious greens since Thanksgiving! LOL

    I actually made a big batch of broccoli rabe recently…so good! Yours looks delish and so green! Pretty!

  2. After Thanksgiving, I was craving 2 things. A HUGE burger and a salad to help contrast against all of the turkey. Hope you had a fun Thanksgiving!

  3. You make your broccoli rape (or rabe) exactly as I do Marie. It’s such a healthy and delicious vegetable and I like it with pork just as you served it.

  4. I know what you mean. Today I made dinner for the family then I went back in the kitchen and made a big salad. I was craving something green.

  5. I love,love,love broccoli rabe. I understand the Rapunzel story more fully because of my love of that vegetable. It’s so hard to find here and when I do get it (rare) and it’s fresh (rarer) I buy copious amounts at ridiculously high prices and prepare it as you do. Oh man! Now I’m craving it!

  6. Oh, yes, bring on the broccoli rabe! I can eat it anytime; my hubby, too. And you served it so beautifully.

  7. I adore these! And I love the bitter taste, I much prefer them to kale.

  8. What a pretty looking plate of scrumptiousness.

  9. Lovely. I’m making pasta with broccoli and anchovies tonight. Fed up with all the browns – time for some greens.

  10. I had the same craving and ended up with turnip greens; next time…

  11. Marie, this looks delicious and healthy too! I’m going to have to try it. I love broccoli, but i don’t think i’ve ever made broccoli rabe. I guess that’s what tomorrow’s for. 🙂 And i want to try the spaghetti squash, which i’ve never made either. Lots to cook… so little time!

  12. I’m craving this now!!!
    I love rabe.. especially with garlic and olive oil. 🙂
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Marie!!

  13. We LOVE Broccoli Rabe, Marie! I make it almost once a week when it is in season. After blanching I saute it with a little olive oil and red pepper and garlic. I often add cooked cannellini beans or chick peas to it. So good!

  14. I would love this gorgeous plate of food for dinner tonight! I agree something green is definitely in order!

  15. Oooh! that looks so good. I love broccoli rabe with sausage and orechiette.

  16. something green does sound good right about now.

  17. I crave broccoli rabe just about constantly! Love the simplicity of this.

  18. Did you ever eat broccoli rabe with orecchiette pasta??? They’re a typical dish from Puglia, a south Italian region —if youdon’t know them…I’ll give you recipe….have a nice week…ciao Flavia

  19. Oh thank you!! I have been wanting to make this but wasn’t really sure how to…so I will try this. So simple! I have trouble finding brocolli Rabe in the stores. Do you know if it’s more readily available during certain times of the year??? Thanks


  1. […] You’ll need to have something green on the side so, how about a little broccoli rabe? It goes very well with both the pork and the chicken. Here’s how I make it. […]

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