Recipe for Dental Recovery (and Good Health!): Tasty Broccoli

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Broccoli is good for teethNot only is steamed/cooked broccoli easy to chew for those who are recovering from a procedure, but broccoli is also excellent for your teeth!  Enjoy this tasty way to cook broccoli:


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 heads of broccoli (1¼ pounds total), stems peeled and heads halved lengthwise
½ cup water
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh lemon juice


Step 1) Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in skillet on medium heat

Step 2) Add broccoli, cut side down, for 8 minutes or until browned on bottom

Step 3) Add water and cover pan for 7 minutes or until water is evaporated.  Your broccoli should be tender.

Step 4) Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper to the broccoli and cook for 3 minutes uncovered.

Step 5) Add salt, pepper, lemon juice to taste and enjoy!

The Faster Cooking Method:

And if you need a quicker way to cook the broccoli, you can just quickly steam some broccoli.  You will need:

One head of broccoli
Pan with cover
½ cup water

Step 1) Bring water to a boil in the pan, then remove from heat.

Step 2) Place broccoli in the pan with the water and cover for 3 minutes or until broccoli florets turn dark green

Step 3) Drain water and serve broccoli.  It should be steamed but not wilted with a bit of crunch.  Steam for 10 minutes to get softer broccoli.

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