Roasted Sesame Broccoli

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I don’t know about other parents out there, but when I find a vegetable our toddler likes I try to find more ways to cook it.  While our little one isn’t a super picky eater, she does seem to change up whether or not she likes a particular food.  I figure the tastier we make something, the more likely she is to consistently eat it.  So far, broccoli seems to be one of her steadfast favorites.  You better believe that means we’re eating more of it in our household, so it was the perfect candidate to experiment with sesame!

Let’s get to it!

You’ll start be preheating your oven.  Next cut up the head of broccoli into similarly-sized florets.  You want them bite-sized, but not so small they’ll burn quickly, about the size of a (walnut maybe?).  If cooking these for smaller mouths, cut them into tinier pieces after cooked.

Put the florets on a cookie sheet, making sure they are in one layer.  Pour the sesame oil and salt over the top and toss it all together to evenly coat the broccoli.

Now roast it in the oven 10-12 minutes or until the broccoli starts to brown.  Take it out of the oven and sprinkle on the orange zest and sesame seeds.  Gently toss the broccoli to get it all coated.

Serve immediately.

Roasted broccoli is so tasty!  It’s tender but also gets a little bit crispy on the edges.  The sesame oil adds a nice nutty flavor and the orange zest provides a little zip.

I hope this becomes a regular staple in your veggie side rotation.  I know it will for us!




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  • 1 large head of broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut up broccoli into similarly-sized florets.
  3. Put florets on cookie sheet in 1 layer.
  4. Pour sesame oil and salt on broccoli toss to evenly coat.
  5. Roast in oven 10-12 minutes or until broccoli starts to brown.
  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle on orange zest and sesame seeds. Gently toss to coat.
  7. Serve immediately.

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