Friday, January 22, 2010

Roasted Broccoli with Cumin-Chipotle Butter

Oh. My. Yum.

This is SUCH a delicious side.
This is SUCH a simple thing to make.
Surprisingly, this is SUCH a low-calorie recipe.

It's Weight Watchers, actually.

But, don't tell.

Seriously, it is so delicious, you wouldn't even guess that this vegetable/side is good for you.

Here it is:

Roasted Broccoli with Cumin-Chipotle Butter

5 teaspoons unsalted butter
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle powder
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets (approximately 1-1.25 lbs.)


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. (I always cover my sheets with foil or parchment paper. It makes clean up so simple.)

2. In a small skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the salt, cumin, chipotle powder, and sugar. Cook 30 seconds. Toss the butter mixture with the broccoli florets in a large bowl. Place the broccoli on the prepared baking sheet and bake 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender and lightly browned.

***The chipotle powder was a little difficult for me to find in the spice aisle at my grocery store, but I DID FIND IT. So, look hard!
***You can always adjust the amount of kick in this recipe by adding more or less chipotle. That's where the heat is.
***The Weight Watchers point information is that the recipe above is for 4 servings. Each serving is equal to 1 point.
***I believe this recipe would be equally delicious with brussel sprouts or asparagus. I am hoping to experiment with these in the near future.

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