Sure you can buy some frozen veggies, toss them in the microwave and call it a day. Nothing wrong with that. At least you’re eating veggies. There are definitely days when that’s all we can muster for dinner. Recently, I came up with this broccoli recipe that’s just perfect. It’s perfect because it’s almost as easy as tossing veggies in the microwave, yet it’s extremely satisfying and you’re eating FRESH produce. Here’s how to put together the easiest veggies you’ll ever make:

Step 1:  Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Take two heads of fresh broccoli, wash and cut them into bite-size pieces. I combine them with washed and trimmed leeks that I get from Trader Joe’s. These are optional, but do add great flavor.


Step 2: Toss the broccoli (and leeks, if you decide to use them) with 2 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil, some extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and chili powder. We use the Indian Kashmiri chili powder, which is a bit spicier. You can leave this out if you don’t like spicy. Same with the sesame oil, if you’re not a fan of that, though we LOVE it.

Step 3: Lay out the veggies on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes on 425. Take out of the oven and enjoy warm.

The beauty of this dish is that it takes almost no prep time. The oven does all the work for you. Dilan has an attention span of about 3 minutes and I can prep this dish in about 10. That just means that I only have to move him about 3 times or hand him 3 to 4 new toys to play with it before I’m done. It’s genius. Give it a try and let me know what you think!