Need a Post-Turkey Day Detox? Try this Broccoli Sandwich!

Happy Black Friday! How is everyone recovering from last night’s festivities? I know that even though I enjoyed every last bite of everything I ate last night (think: pumpkin ravioli with lots of green veggies, finished off with a chocolate-hazelnut-raspberry layer cake and a few bites of vanilla cheesecake), it felt really nice to get back into my daily routine this morning. I had a glass of almond milk to help jumpstart my kick butt Jillian Michaels workout, and now I feel energized to power through some post-holiday baking to make up for the fact that my family opted for a restaurant Thanksgiving over a traditional, home-cooked meal this year.

If you’re feeling the drudgery of the effects of a perhaps gluttonous meal, or if you just want a downright tasty, healthy sandwich, consider saving those turkey leftovers for tomorrow and fixing yourself this herbed broccoli sandwich. It’s very simple, actually to the point where I might play around with more herbs and garlic next time, but it’s definitely different and completely enjoyable. I ate the broccoli mixture one night perched atop a parmesan biscuit with a slice of tomato, and the next day spread over a rice puff with some laughing cow cheese – both were delicious and light. It’s also an easy recipe without requiring too many strict measurements; just make sure you don’t cook the broccoli for too long (as I believe I did). Broccoli is a dish best served cold – from a nutritional perspective, that is – so the shorter the cooking time, the better. Plus, it just means you get to eat it faster, right?

If you’re braving the crowds at stores (I’ve always secretly wanted to stay up late for the experience, just once), I wish you luck. If you’re like me and are being more of a homebody today, rest up and have a nice, relaxing day. I don’t know about where you live, but here, the weather is just too beautiful not to find some way to enjoy it.

Herbed Broccoli Sandwich, courtesy of The Local Cook
Yield: 2-3 sandwiches

The Ingredients
1 cup broccoli
¼ cup onion
olive oil, for sautéing
basil, oregano, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes, to taste
cheese (optional)
2-3 servings of bread, biscuits or rice puffs
tomato slices, for serving (optional)

The Method
Chop the broccoli and onion in a food processor, then add to a skillet along with a small amount of olive oil. Saute until the broccoli turns bright green, then add all of the herbs and spices. If using cheese, assemble the sandwiches, top with cheese, and broil until melted. Otherwise, serve!

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