I bet you have a bunch of fresh broccoli in your fridge now. Today I have 18 vegan broccoli recipes that will help you use up your stash. You can use frozen broccoli in most of the recipes if that’s what you have on hand.
How do you clean fresh broccoli?
First wash the broccoli with water to remove all the dirt and any any small insects that could still be attached.
Cut the florets into similar-sized pieces to help them cook evenly. If the stems are thin and tender you can keep them attached to the florets, but if they are thick and need to be peeled, cut them away from the florets.
Can You Eat Broccoli Leaves?
While you can eat the broccoli leaves and in fact you can even buy them, many people aren’t used to seeing them in their broccoli dishes.
You can leave them on or remove them and use in your salads. If they are larger you can cook them just like you would other greens, but unless you are buying straight from the farmer they will probably be small.
How Can You Use Broccoli Stems?
I typically use them separately from the florets. If they are thin the stalks are usually tender enough to just cut up and use.
Once thick, you need to peel them. This is often on large stems, so they are perfect to shred and use as broccoli slaw, in stir frys or other dishes.
Make Your Own Broccoli Slaw
If you tend to buy broccoli slaw like I do, you can make your own by shredding peeled broccoli, red cabbage, and carrots.
You can do it by hand, but if you have a food processor use your shredding blade and it makes short work of it.