Broccolini sounds like a cute baby broccoli. But it’s not. It is actually a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli. Chinese broccoli is also known as Gai Lan. I became a fan of Gai Lan after spending time at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. You might recall that those folks inspired me to create a garden in my backyard.
Broccolini for Veganuary
Developed in Japan in the early nineties, Broccolini is high in calcium and magnesium. For those of you looking to get more plants on your plate, this one is a winner. It is also a good source of fiber. Fiber helps to get us to that satisfied feeling that we are looking for after a great meal.
Nikki Glover of the Courageous Spoon contributed this recipe in recognition of Veganuary. As a reminder, Veganuary is all about skipping animal products for 31 days. Broccolini is a perfect vegan side dish. Try choosing one meal a day without meat, dairy or seafood. You can also try to do it ALL day for the whole month if you are up to it!