If you eat a lot of broccoli, chances are you can’t stand the waste of the frozen broccoli bag bits that end up in the bottom of the bag. You know the ones. They’re tiny, too small to microwave or cook with the large broccoli heads because they cook too quick.
I used to throw them away in frustration (ack!), and then I realized it was good food. I didn’t know what to do, so I started saving them. Week after week, about 1/2 to a cup yield for each bag we eat. (We eat a lot of frozen broccoli).
So there I was, with 5-7 cups of bits, looking for a way to not waste them. Here’s what I came up with:
A frittata is basically a quiche without the pastry shell. Mix up 6 eggs, 1 cup broccoli bits, a splash of coconut milk, and your favorite spices. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, until firm. Then nosh!
Add to Canned Soup
This is a given. Keep the broccoli bits on hand for the next time you cook up a canned or boxed soup. Add 1/2 cup or a full cup, depending on how much you love broccoli, for a quick green boost.
Add to a Stir Fry
When you fry up meat or vegetables with an asian flare, broccoli always goes well. Mix in the broccoli bits with anything with a lime, ginger, and coconut aminos (AKA Paleo soy sauce), and the broccoli adds an extra, deep flavor as a finishing touch.
Add to Green Shakes
Normally, broccoli is a huge no-no for green shakes because it’s so hard to get the size and texture right. But when you’ve only got the teeny-tiny leaf tops, you can add broccoli to your shake without as big a bite. Make sure you balance it out with the sweetness or tartness of something like a green apple!
Heat with Oil and Make Salad Toppings
A little unorthodox, but you can make-ahead some salad toppings from your broccoli bag bits. Simply fry the broccoli bits in an oil of your choice (coconut oil or lard is best) and some seasoning, and refrigerate for a salad topping.