I received a free sample of Kikkoman soy sauce mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Kikkoman and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
If there is one piece of nutrition advice that pretty much everyone can agree on, it would be to eat more vegetables. Veggies are really nutrient dense, meaning that they offer lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber with not a lot of calories. The problem is, not everyone loves how veggies taste! So as a dietitian, I encourage people to prepare veggies in a yummy way so they’re more likely to eat and enjoy them. I’m talking about adding flavor, not excess fat, sugar or sodium.
One way I like to add flavor is by creating sauces and marinades that enhance the taste of veggies, rather than mask them. When Kikkoman challenged us Recipe Reduxers to create a recipe that would be sodium saving and flavor raising, I immediately thought of an asian-inspired broccoli dish. Most people force themselves to eat broccoli because they know it is “good” for them. Often, the cruciferous veg is topped with butter and sprinkled with salt to make it more palatable. Instead of lots of salt, my broccoli recipe uses Kikkoman soy sauce along with garlic and citrus to create a savory, salty and slightly sweet side.
By using Kikkoman Soy Sauce instead of table salt to season the broccoli, it cuts the sodium down and creates a more intense umami flavor. FYI-Kikkoman also offers a variety of less sodium products including Less Sodium Soy Sauce and Less Sodium Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce. This side dish can be enjoyed as is or easily turned into a base for an entree, similar to Beef and Broccoli from a Chinese food restaurant.
- 1 large head broccoli, chopped into florets
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 TBSP Kikkoman Traditionally Brewed Soy Sauce
- Juice of 2 Oranges (~4 fl oz)
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Blanch broccoli florets about 3-5 minutes, or until bright green.
- Remove broccoli from boiling water and transfer immediately to an ice bath.
- Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic, stirring until brown.
- Add Kikkoman Soy Sauce, orange juice and brown sugar to the pan, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Drain broccoli from ice bath and place in a bowl or serving dish. Pour orange soy sauce over broccoli and use tongs to toss and coat florets evenly.