We’ve been having so much fun with the Eating the Alphabet Challenge. If you’re new here, the idea is that each month I and other bloggers choose a fruit, vegetable or legume/grain to cook with that starts with a different letter of the alphabet. Each month is a different set of letters and this month it was G or H. It took me awhile to figure out what to choose this month. My family turned up their noses at my first choice: garbanzos. And although I do love to cook with Garlic, I wanted to branch out a bit.
Then I had my lightbulb moment! Ginger! That’s it. I make a lot of things with ginger and know my family likes it so this month’s challenge was just to try something new with ginger. We also love Asian food, like the Chicken and Cabbage Potstickers. And since there is a lot of ginger in Asian food it was a natural fit.
A quick search online and I found Garlic Ginger Broccoli (originally from Eating Well). Now Broccoli is a somewhat recent addition to my family’s plates but ever since we started growing it in our garden, it has been a welcome addition (yay!)
I served the Garlic Ginger Broccoli along with the Pork Tenderloin with Apple-Ginger Sauce (recipe to come later in a future post!) and it was a hit! Wow! My family LOVED it. And what I loved about it is that it was SO easy to prepare. Seriously, it took me longer to chop up the broccoli than it did to actually cook it. Another plus for easy! Don’t let the fish sauce scare you…it’s got just a little and adds some unique flavor along with the ginger. You can find it in the Asian aisle of most large supermarkets these days.
Gigner has been used for centuries for relief with gastrointestinal issues as well as an anti-inflmatory. And, packed with cancer-fighting photo nutrients, broccoli is also a great source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A, not to mention fiber. I totally recommend you give it a try!
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 4 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
- 1 pound broccoli crowns, trimmed and chopped (about 6 cups)
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce, (see Note)
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant but not browned, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add broccoli and cook, stirring, until the broccoli is bright green, 2 minutes. Drizzle water and fish sauce over the broccoli; reduce heat to medium, cover and cook until the broccoli is just tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in vinegar just before serving.
So, what’s your family’s favorite fruit or vegetable that starts with the letter G or H? Share in the comments below. Bloggers, I’d love for you to join our Eating the Alphabet Challenge. Follow us on Twitter too using the hashtag #EatTheAlphabetChallenge. Just click here for details and to complete the form to sign up. And be sure to check out all these other fabulous blogger’s interpretations of the letter G & H, fruit and veggie style this month by visiting the blogs below! I know I’m planning to try a few.