Can you believe it's mid-March already? Between being on the frozen section service (where we provide intraoperative consultations to surgeons), studying for boards, and my husband's busy schedule in the ICU, entire weeks have just disappeared. I guess that's not such a bad thing, seeing that the tail end of winter is kind of a drag anyway! In the last week, we've sprung forward and suddenly there are so many birds chirping in the morning - so lovely! Spring is almost here....and very welcome, after such a long, cold winter! I was also lucky enough to escape to San Diego for a work-related meeting - and even better, my mom flew out to join me. We spent some quality time together at the beautiful Inn at Sunset Cliffs where we were lulled to sleep by the waves each night. Oh - we had the best fish tacos. Ever.
|Kruz - the Inn's mascot and mini pinscher patrol dog!|
I digress! Back to the meat of this post - in honor of New Haven's Broccoli vs. Kale campaign (a very cheeky, fun campaign aimed at boosting broccoli over the ubiquitous, uber-trendy kale), I created this simple broccoli & sausage salad. It's meant to be enjoyed warm and is a creamy mix of sweet, plump raisins, juicy sausage, and of course, lightly crunchy broccoli. As always, this is a very simple recipe to put together and makes several servings. This salad makes a great side dish, but also has enough power to stand on its own as substantive main dish. The protein from the yogurt & sausage and the fiber-rich broccoli will definitely fill you up. Watch out kale - broccoli is back!
Broccoli & Sausage Salad
3 links sweet Italian sausage (or spicy if you like)
1 medium red onion, chopped
4 cups broccoli florets, chopped
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup raisins
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1. Heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot. Add chopped onion and sausage and cook until sausage is completely cooked through (approximately 15 minutes)
2. Remove sausage and onion from pan. Slice sausage into bite sized pieces
3. While sausage cooks, lightly steam chopped broccoli florets for 3-4 minutes, until bright green and crisp
3. Combine broccoli, sausage & onion, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and raisins. Mix until thoroughly combined.
4. Dig in!
Do you have any favorite broccoli recipes?
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