Sesame Broccoli

I love broccoli, and was dying for a good dinner one night, and this really hit the spot!

I used Bragg’s Liquid Aminos instead of soy sauce to cut down on the sodium and other scary stuff. It was great!

I also used my Lekue microwave steamer and it’s awesome. Just right. I’m not selling this, just most people don’t know what this is and so I added the link so you can see it.

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Yay broccoli!

1 head broccoli, cut up (peel stems)

2 scallions, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1-2 tsp fresh ginger diced (or 1/2 tsp ground ginger)

1 tbsp liquid aminos

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Put broccoli onto tray inside Lekue steamer case. Top with scallions and garlic. Sprinkle with liquid aminos. Pour water into bottom below tray for steaming). Close cover and microwave for 3-4 minutes, depending on if you like your veggies crispy or softer. Top with toasted sesame seeds.

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Best birthday dinner ever… Little Neck clams, broccoli greens, and apple bread with milky brie

Chris and I spent the day pretending it was my birthday… since I’ll be working a really late day on the actual bday.
After a lazy morning and great morning run, we headed to Princeton and spent a couple of hours walking around the campus and town. It’s the most beautiful campus I’ve ever seen.  🙂
We had a great lunch at the Witherspoon grill. We had steamed little neck clams, sesame crusted tuna with bok choy, and spinach salad (we shared the tuna and salad). Yum!
After all of this exercise (and all of the traffic on US 1), I decided to stop at Wegmans, the best store in the world, and we bought more clams, tons of veggies and splurged on bread and brie… mmmm….

When we got home, I made:

Steamed Little Neck Clams
Bag of 50 little neck clams
1.5 cups white wine
1 cup water
2 cloves garlic, smashed
Lemon (to squeeze over before eating)
Parsley (to top after cooked)
Bring all except clams to boil in wide pot. Add clams and cook with lid tilted open a little until clams open. Throw away unopened clams.

Sauteed Broccoli Greens
2 bunches broccoli greens (leaves, stems)
1 clove garlic
1 tsp evoo
1 tbsp butter
Heat oil, butter, add greens and garlic (grated on microplane), and cook until softens a bit. Delicious!

Then, for dessert, we had Wegmans milky brie with their fresh baked apple cider golden raisin bread. Heaven! Best way to end a birthday.  🙂

Creamy Broccoli Soup

from Everyday Food’s Great Food Fast p.189

Great for anyone stuck on WW (like us) who wants a creamy-ish soup without the fat.
I should have taken the picture before I finished half of my bowl. 🙂

I left out the nutmeg all together. The oatmeal makes it creamy-ish, but it doesn’t taste creamy. I still liked it, and Chris suggested adding potato to the soup to thicken it up a bit more. I’ll try that next time. Yum.