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

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Not only is steamed/cooked broccoli easy to chew for those who are recovering from a dental procedure, but broccoli is also excellent for your teeth!  Enjoy this tasty and easy method of cooking broccoli:

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  • 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!

Broccoli on a plate with utensils

The Quicker 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.

Broccoli is full of vitamins and minerals that will keep your smile happy and healthy! Enjoy this recipe today!

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