Easy Garlic Broccoli

I made this dish a few nights ago and I believe the exact words that came out of my mouth were:


Broccoli is one of my favorite green veggies despite the fact that I've messed it up more times than I can count, usually in the form of overcooking it so it gets mushy, looks dull green, and lacks flavor.

My relationship with garlic is a little different.

I want to cook with garlic more often -- It smells amazing when cooked, takes flavors to the next level, and has countless health benefits. 

But I rarely cook with it because I can't handle the lingering smell and taste. 

It stays in my body for DAYS. 

Okay, maybe it's more like 1 or 2 days, but it feels so much longer.

So when I was preparing my broccoli the other night, I noticed a bulb of garlic leftover from the avocado chickpea pesto pasta recipe that I made a few weeks ago.

Wanting to try something different and not wanting to make yet another disappointing broccoli dish for this week's lunches, I decided to get fancy and add garlic to my broccoli this time around. 

The result?

I was not disappointed and I did not reek.

To my surprise, the kitchen didn't reek either.

Todd confirmed that the kitchen smelled really good (thanks garlic!) and he did not detect any broccoli smell at all. Double-win!

Easy Garlic Broccoli

Yields: 4-5 servings


  • 12-oz bag of Trader Joe's organic broccoli florets - my shortcut 😃 (If using a head of broccoli, cut into florets)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground black pepper (to taste)


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a medium pan (at least 10") on medium heat
  2. Add garlic and saute for 30-60 seconds, until it starts to brown slightly
  3. Add broccoli and stir to combine with the garlic and oil
  4. Cover for 1-2 minutes (this steams the broccoli and speeds up the cooking)
  5. Remove lid, add salt & pepper, and continue stirring until the broccoli is bright green
  6. Remove from pan and serve immediately

What's your favorite way to cook broccoli? Are you a lover of garlic or not so much? Leave a comment below. I'd love to hear from you!



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