Kid Approved Broccoli

I recently shared a recipe called Corkscrews Con Broccoli. I was inspired by the recipe on the back of a Mueller’s Noodles box. Because I never have the ingredients I need for recipes (planned or spur of the moment) I had to adapt it to what I already had in the kitchen (even the noodles! The recipe was on the back of Sea Shell noodles but I didn’t have enough of them!)

Anyway, when I served the kids the most unusual thing ever (in the history of the world, universe, of all kidkind) they picked out the broccoli and ATE IT! Yes, tI really just said that, they ate the vegetables!! They actually wanted the broccoli instead of the noodles! I about fell off of my chair with excitement. In fact, I grabbed my cell phone and took videos and pictures of them performing this foreign act and sent them to Lover Boy since he was out of town for work.

Here is one of them…Laughing Coyote dumped his plate onto his tray so it was easier to pick out the broccoli from the noodles!

Little Finch asked for more after she and her brother ate 4 cups worth…so back into the kitchen I went, happily making this miracle broccoli. In three days my 1 year old, my 2 year old and I ate 3 pounds of broccoli – and I’m not even joking! Little Finch asked for it for breakfast the following morning…you do the math šŸ™‚

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Since they were not even interested in their noodles I adapted the recipe even more to just make broccoli. This is how I made it:

Drizzle roughly 1tbs of EVOO in a medium hot skillet

Grate in 1 large garlic clove

Add in your favorite white wine (this is Relax Riesling). Not a lot…you be the judge

Let half of the liquid cook down and then add chicken broth, doubled to the amount of wine you added

Bring the liquid to a boil — (Hi Harley & Bella!) šŸ™‚

Once the liquid has boiled for 3-5 minutes add the broccoli and a small handful of chopped sun dried tomatoes and cook. Stirring occassionally. The amount of broccoli will depend on how much liquid you add.

Once the broccoli has cooked for a few minutes and begin to start soaking up the liquids add in roughly 1/2c grated parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper.

Stir together and serve. I apologize that I do not have a finished product picture but I could hardly keep up with the kids broccoli demands and take pictures!

I’m just simply positive that your tastebuds are now screaming and drooling for this broccoli. Right? If you have a picky eater at home, giving this recipe a try is a must!

Go on! Go try it out…and then come back here and tell me what you thought!

Kid Approved Broccoli
Recipe Type: side dish
Author: Stephanie – Gathered In The Kitchen
Recipe originally adapted from:
  • 8 oz (1/2 pkg) Mueller’s Large Sea Shells
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Cloves garlic, minced or 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped fine
  • 1/3 cup white wine (optional)
  • 1-1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1-1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 4-1/2 cups broccoli florets, blanched al dente
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli the last 2 minutes of cooking time.
  2. Drain pot
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet; add garlic, basil, rosemary and sun dried tomatoes.
  4. Cook 1 minute.
  5. Add the wine and reduce by 1/2. Then add broth.
  6. Toss in broccoli and shells; stir until hot.
  7. Add the cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper.


*Little Sparrow


  1. That looks delicious!! I have just recently been able to get my youngest to eat broccoli, but not without some gagging. šŸ˜‰ Maybe I’ll give this a shot! Thank you so much for joining my Family Friendly Food Week link-up!

    1. Thanks Amanda!! Good luck! This is the only veggie other than tomatoes that I can get my oldest to eat! So excited about the new link-up!!

  2. Broccoli is one of the few veggies my kids will eat, but only raw with ranch dressing. This sounds so yummy, even if my picky kiddos won’t eat it, I will!

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