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Roasted Broccoli with Lemon

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon YUM! Again!

This past few weeks we’ve done some complex and complicated recipes. I think we’re both in the mood to get back to basics. I’m getting stared with this roasted broccoli recipe. This recipe is one of my go to weeknight side dishes. It’s really simple and easy. Sometimes I mix it up and add a little twist by throwing in some lemon zest and fresh thyme. It adds a fresh flavor, which is great, especially with spring around the corner.

I started with three heads of broccoli. It sounds like a lot, but we love broccoli prepared this way, so we always eat a lot. Then, I chop it up in various sizes. For us, this is the perfect side dish because we all have different broccoli preferences. I like mine roasted, with a little bit of charring on the ends, but still with a little crisp. My daughter will eat broccoli just about any way it’s prepared (Love her!) The hubby, likes his broccoli a little more cooked through, so the smaller pieces are perfect for him. But, back to the point, cutting it in different sizes accommodates my hubbys love of “mushy” broccoli and my crisp/charred broccoli, because the different sizes will not cook evenly.  If you like it to all be the same, simply chop your broccoli evenly.

After it’s chopped, the recipe is so simple. Toss it in some olive oil, right on the sheet pan, add some salt and pepper, to taste. Then if you want sprinkle on some fresh thyme, stripped of the stem and crushed between your fingers to release the yummy flavors.  Mix it around really well, then roast in a preheated oven. The time will vary depending on size and desired doneness. After it comes out, sprinkle on some lemon zest and you’re good to go. If you want, you can add some lemon juice too. It adds even more lemony goodness to it.

Local Ingredient: Fresh thyme from my window herb garden. 

Roasted Broccoli

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Serving Size: 4 servings

Roasted Broccoli


3 heads of broccoli

1 lemon

2 thyme sprigs, leaves removed and stems discarded

Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

Olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut broccoli to remove the hard thick stems and into bite sized pieces.
  3. Place cut broccoli on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle on the fresh thyme leaves as well as the salt and pepper.
  4. Using your hands toss the broccoli in the oil and seasonings until evenly coated. Arrange the broccoli in a single layer on the sheet.
  5. Cook in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until broccoli reached desired doneness. It's ok if some of the ends get a little crispy
  6. Transfer the broccoli to a serving bowl and sprinkle the lemon zest. Squeeze a little lemon juice for a more lemony flavor.
  7. Serve immediately.

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon SO GOOD So easy


Roasted Broccoli with Lemon So easy So good!!



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