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Oct 162012
 

Heyyy there! I hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday so far! Mine has been pretty fantastic…I woke up with a ton of energy today, got a great work out in, and am having a good day at work. Can’t ask for much more, right?

Also as a side note- I am trying to figure out my vacation schedule for the rest of the year. I have 4 more vacation days and am thinking of using them up during the week between Christmas and New Years. Fabio has to work Christmas Eve (?!) so he is going to request that day off for sure, especially since he generally opens gifts with his family on Christmas Eve at midnight. Hopefully he will get off!

I think I also have to request off for January 1 because I think my office is open (?!). Yes, open on January 1. Isn’t that nuts?? Who wants to go to work after staying up to celebrate the new year at midnight?? Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s what my manager was telling me today. Ugh. What days do you all usually take off for vacation? Do you save them for the holidays or do you use them up throughout the year? This year I did a little of both, which I think was a good way to go 🙂

Workout

I tried a new workout this morning!! Yay!! Well, to be honest it’s not exactly new (I have done it before) but it was with a new teacher in a new place, so to me it counts! 🙂 Can you guess what it was??

Spinning!!

Check out my neon-tastic shirt in that black light lol.

I have taken spin classes before, but not in a really long time and never at the gym I belong to now. This morning Fabio and I got out of bed bright (more like dark) and early and made it to the gym in time for the 6:00 a.m. class.

Our gym has a policy where you have to make a reservation before the spin classes and good thing we did- it was packed! Despite the chilly weather and dark sky outside, there were plenty of dedicated fitness fanatics ready to get their spin on this morning.

And spin we did! The workout was tough and included a ton of speed intervals with varying levels of resistance. I definitely worked up a sweat.

In 51 minutes I burned 465 calories with an average heart rate of 153 and maximum heart rate of 179. Not too shabby for a quick morning workout!

I really liked the class and will definitely be incorporating it into my weekly workout plan from now on 🙂

Recipe

Ok so I know I left you all hanging on my broccoli recipe last week so I wanted to finally give it to you guys!

Yummmm! This broccoli is so good, I wonder if I’ll ever make it another way again.

It all started when I was feeling bored last week and couldn’t decide how I was going to use up all the broccoli in the fridge. I could have made broccoli fritters but I was feeling lazy, and plain roasted broccoli sounded too boring.

So, after a quick Google search I found this awesome broccoli recipe and adapted it to fit my laziness needs 🙂 This recipe is awesome because it combines all of my favorite flavors: sweet, salty, and spicy. Anything that combines all three makes me irrationally happy. I don’t know what it is about the salty/sweet combo, but it definitely gets me excited!

Here’s how it came together.

First I took a large head of broccoli and chopped it into bite-size florets.

This is Jack’s favorite part because I let him gnaw on the broccoli stems. He loves this but then I always wind up finding soggy bits of broccoli on the carpet later on in the evening. Fail. Gross.

Anyway. After chopping up the broccoli, I added it to a large nonstick pan set to medium-high heat. I drizzled a bit of olive oil in the pan and gave the broccoli a quick stir. Then I season the broccoli with salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. This is where the spice comes in so add as little or as much as you want!

Then I covered the pan and let the broccoli steam up for a few minutes. Meanwhile, I got the delicious topping started. Gah!

In a small bowl, I combined three tablespoons of freshly grated parmesan cheese and one teaspoon of light brown sugar. Then I mixed up with a fork until it was combined.

This is the parmesan cheese that I bought back from Italy and it is still so delicious!! And in case you were wondering, I had Fabio grate up the cheese for me because 1. I’m always afraid I’m going to grind my finger in the grater and 2. I needed to take a picture and didn’t have a third arm. Duh! Haha.

Anyway. Again.

Once the broccoli was a nice vibrant green and the broccoli was tender-crisp (please please please don’t let it get soggy!) I removed the broccoli from the heat and sprinkled on the cheesy sugary topping.

At this point, the hot pan melted the cheese and caramelized the sugar, giving my broccoli a salty and sugary coat. Add in the red pepper flakes from earlier and the flavor will seriously wow you!!  It is that good. Really!

Then I gave the broccoli a quick toss to coat each piece in cheesy sweet goodness, and I was left with this awesomeness.

So good!!

Wrold's Best Broccoli
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Recipe type: side dish
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Serves: 3
 
This broccoli will blow you away with its spicy, sweet, and salty flavors!
Ingredients
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ⅛ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp. freshly grated parmesan cheese (I mean it- don't skimp!!)
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Add olive oil to a large pan and set to medium heat. Add the broccoli florets and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Cover pan and let cook for about 3 minutes or until broccoli is bright green and tender-crisp (do not overcook or broccoli will be mushy).
  3. In a small bowl, mix parmesan cheese and brown sugar until thoroughly combined.
  4. When broccoli has finished cooking, remove it from the heat and sprinkle with the cheese/sugar mixture.
  5. Toss to combine.
  6. Serve.

I know I raved a lot about this broccoli but I really thought it was delicious and it will definitely be one of my new veggie staples. I hope you all like it as much as I do and try not to be weirded out by the whole cheese + sugar thing. It’s delicious I promise!

Anyway, what have you guys been making lately? Any new recipes that you can’t stop telling everyone about? Feel free to link up below!!

 

 Posted by on October 16, 2012

  10 Responses to “World’s Best Broccoli”

  1. I love the underarmor v-neck one of my fav workout shirts and I like the pink!

  2. Spinning = LOVE! I did it 4x a week last year at school but completely fell off track this year because I have yet to purchase the “student pass” that allows you to take fitness classes! Hmm decisions, decisions…and secondly, sugary-salty broccoli!?! I’m intrigued…totally giving this a go soon!

    • It’s delicious!! And yeah, I used to do spinning in high school when I was at my gym at home but in college they didn’t offer spinning classes (which was weird since they definitely had every other type of class possible…including pole dancing lol). Anyway it’s been years since I’ve taken a spin class and it was great!!

  3. That broccoli looks amazing. I am a huge fan of cooked broccoli, but am always looking for ways to change it up a bit. Thanks!

  4. I’ve never thought to add brown sugar to broccoli. Genius girl 🙂

  5. You have to work new year’s day?? That’s crazy! And so unfair! I have to use holiday for the ‘inbetween days’ between Christmas and New Year but it’s usually only three days so that’s not too bad. I like holding most of my holiday until the end of the year so I can look forward to it. I’d hate to use most of it at the beginning and feel it’s a long grind till Christmas. Mm that broccoli looks good – sweet and salty all the way!

    • I know isn’t that crazy?? My work is giving us New Year’s Eve off instead since it’s a Monday and they thought we would enjoy the three-day weekend. That’s all fine except that everyone is going to be hungover the next day at work and will probably call in sick!! Haha I’m just going to request it off 🙂

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