A week or so ago I blogged about my struggle with creating quick, easy meals in the kitchen, particular stir-fries, that are in keeping with the household’s new strict low sodium regime. Avoiding sodium is so difficult as so many prepackaged sauces and seasonings come with hidden salt content! But I firmly believe that it is possible to whip up a quick and tasty meal without using salt and I’ve been hard at work coming up with some recipes to prove my point! I’ve already posted the first recipe, curried roasted cauliflower and chickpeas, and this will be my second!
When it was decided we could not afford to keep up a high sodium diet (due to my partner’s health issues) I was particularly down about the fact that I could no longer smother my favourite broccoli florets in oyster or soy sauce! So I set to work instead brainstorming a list of herbs and seasonings that would otherwise provide a high quantity of flavour. Garlic and chill flakes were two of the seasonings at the top of my list with strong, bold flavours and I decided they would be the perfect pair with some broc!
I’m a massive garlic lover (sorry, J!!) so this recipe features a slightly heavy hand with the garlic. And why not, when garlic comes with so many other amazing benefits – it promotes hair growth plus prevents hair breakage, improves blood circulation, aids in clearing up acne, has anti-ageing and anti-bacterial properties, boosts your immune system, reduces the risk of several types of cancers… and, of course, it helps ward off the vampires!!!
However, if you feel you can’t stand the stink of garlic or are worried about breathing on your co-workers after lunch, feel free to reduce the amount of garlic in this recipe. Each to their own! For me, I find the garlic is balanced out with the sharp taste of chill flakes in this dish. Oh, and did I mention that this is a three-ingredient recipe? It can’t get any easier than this.
Chili Garlic Broccoli
- One to two heads of broccoli
- Two large garlic cloves (or three to four smaller cloves)
- Chili flakes
Peel and mince garlic finely. (Alternately, you can use a garlic crusher like I did). Wash broccoli and chop and trim into bite-sized florets.
Heat a little oil in a pan. Add the minced/crushed garlic and stir gently in pan until garlic is fragrant. Add the broccoli and stir-fry in medium heat, tossing the florets with a spatula to combine with the garlic. After a minute or so, season with chilli flakes to taste, then continue to let broccoli cook until tender and ready to eat.
Serve and enjoy!