Illegal Broccoli

Surely a vegetable can't be illegal, can it? There's been a recent trend of people using Facebook as Pinterest lately. A page will say "Share this so it saves to your page!" or something along those lines, so people are saving all sorts of great recipes on their page... and my news feed. This is all fine and dandy, but when I see the same cheesecake cookie 45 times, I begin to have cravings. (Side note, you could always take a pen and just write the recipe down like they did in the early days...)

Anyways, a recipe for "Broccoli So Good It Should Be Illegal" has made multiple appearances on my feed lately. It's hosted on the Mommy Made Facebook page. Here's the recipe that has been posted. 

Preheat oven to 375°
Chop a head of broccoli (do not rinse immediately prior to preparing!)
Mince 2-3 cloves of garlic
Put broccoli, garlic, 2 tbsp. olive oil, and a few shakes of salt and pepper in a ziploc bag.
Shake it up (my daughter loves to do this part)
Spread out on baking sheet, place on top rack, and bake for about 30 minutes.
Broccoli will be crunchy and delicious! I make this at least 3 times a week and have to control myself once I take it out of the oven, I could eat this alone for dinner! 

Well, I don't have fresh broccoli, but I do have about six steamer bags in my freezer. They say to microwave for 4-4.5 minutes, so I stuck them in the microwave for two. They were still pretty cold, but not frozen anymore. I prepped my oven as I did this. As for the garlic, I love it but HATE garlic breath, so I opted for a few shakes of garlic salt. I put the broccoli, garlic salt, and 5-8 shakes of Mrs. Dash (I could write a whole post on Mrs. Dash) in a gallon sized bag. Instead of using that much oil, I just took some butter flavored cooking spray and sprayed the mix in the bag really well. I shook it all up and everything seemed to spread out evenly.

I then spread out the broccoli on a cookie sheet and baked at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes.

Verdict: Sorry, I didn't take a picture. The time in the oven sucks out the moisture from the broccoli, so it had a little bit of a crunch on the ends, but not all the way through. I thought it tasted great and ate nearly the whole bag. I sprinkled some Italian shredded cheese over the top as it came out of the oven, and it was delicious. 

Don't feel like you HAVE to use fresh broccoli. Use any seasonings you want, add any toppings. This recipe was really versatile, and I'll be making it again!

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