Easy Ways to Season Vegetables | Recipe: Lemon Broccoli and Peas

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Seasoning vegetables doesn’t have to be rocket science, but can be the difference between okay side dishes and fabulous feasts.

Easy Ways to Season Vegetables - Seasoning vegetables doesn't have to be rocket science, but can be the difference between okay side dishes and fabulous feasts. Includes recipe for Lemon Broccoli and Peas.

Lately, I’ve been trying to simplify in the kitchen. I want to focus on flavors and freshness. This is summer, after all, when fresh produce is easy to come back and pretty tasty to boot. Why mess around in the kitchen?

Let’s spend less time cooking and more time eating and enjoying each other’s company!

One of the things that I’m trying to do to improve our family’s diet is to include more vegetables in the mix. Making them easily accessible is one great trick and seasoning them well is another.

You really don’t need much to season fresh, great tasting vegetables. In fact, lately, my husband, aka The Man Whose Mother Said He Hated Vegetables, has been raving about the simple preparations I’ve been leaning on these past few months. It’s all in the wrist….

Actually, it’s the fat, seasonings, and heat that make a difference:

Easy Ways to Season Vegetables - Seasoning vegetables doesn't have to be rocket science, but can be the difference between okay side dishes and fabulous feasts. Includes recipe for Lemon Broccoli and Peas.

Jessika’s Roasted Vegetables

Fat

Obviously, if you coat cooked veggies in butter, they’re going to taste fabulous. But, there’s a world of other fats, healthy ones, that bring great flavor to the table. I’ve been tossing them in a flavorful oil, such as coconut or olive. They are known to be healthier as well as packed with flavor.

Seasonings

It’s amazing how the simple things can pack a lot of punch. Sometimes, I just use a generous hand with salt and pepper. A friend hooked me onto the Queen’s Salt, Maldon Sea Salt Flakes which are amazing! I just grab a pinch or two from the box. Salt really can make a difference, so bust out of your iodized little canister and try kosher, sea salt, pink salt, or even the Queen’s salt.

Don’t overlook the power of the lemon. A little juice and zest can add a great zip to your dish. Garlic and onion, too, can add flavor without being overly complicated.

If I want to get a little bit crazier, I use one of my custom spice blends like Jamie’s Spice Mix. A spoonful or so sprinkled over veggies is just the ticket!

Easy Ways to Season Vegetables - Seasoning vegetables doesn't have to be rocket science, but can be the difference between okay side dishes and fabulous feasts. Includes recipe for Lemon Broccoli and Peas.

Heat

Forget the old boiled and steamed methods. You can pack some punch into veggies by your cooking method. Both roasting and grilling add great flavor and help you avoid soggy veg. I’ve taken to quickly sauteing vegetables in a skillet with the above mentioned fat and seasonings. I let the mixture brown just slightly which enables caramelization and adds flavor.

If I do steam veggies, I do it in just a bit of water and then finish it with a bit of fat in a hot pan, like in this quick and easy broccoli dish.

Easy Ways to Season Vegetables - Seasoning vegetables doesn't have to be rocket science, but can be the difference between okay side dishes and fabulous feasts. Includes recipe for Lemon Broccoli and Peas.

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Lemon Broccoli and Peas
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
 
Seasoning vegetables doesn't have to be rocket science, but can be the difference between okay side dishes and fabulous feasts. With a combo of salt, lemon, olive oil, and just the right amount of heat, this Lemon Broccoli and Peas is out of this world.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli, broccoli and peas, peas, sugar snap peas
Servings: 8
Calories: 64 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 12 ounce package broccoli florets
  • 12 ounce package sugar snap peas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the broccoli in a large skillet with a lid. Add 1 inch water. Bring to a boil, cover, and steam 7 minutes.
  2. Add the peas and steam 3 minutes more.
  3. Drain the water and drizzle on the olive oil and lemon juice.
  4. Season with lemon zest, salt, and pepper, tossing to coat. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Recipe Notes

Promptly store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.

Nutritional values are approximate and based on 1/8 of the recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Broccoli and Peas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 16mg1%
Potassium 219mg6%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 727IU15%
Vitamin C 65mg79%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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Comments

  1. I’ve been adopting the same motto in my kitchen lately, too. Let’s cook less so we can have more time to do the more important things in life. Simple doesn’t mean flavorless. Too often, I resort to using the steamer because it frees me up to focus on another part of the dinner, but you are so right – roasting and sauteing vegetables in a little healthy fat makes all the difference. Thanks, again, for the Jamie’s Spice Mix recipe. I have looked at it a few times, but have yet to make it.

  2. Janet says

    Nearly every vegetable benefits when sautéed with some finely diced onions and minced garlic along with the fat and then seasoned with salt and pepper.

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