Can we be honest? We adore cauliflower and zucchini, but recently, we’ve started to feel a teeny bit bored by them. So, we’re falling back on our trusty standby: broccoli. It’s equally delicious, nutritious, low-carb (keto friends, we’re looking at you) and, dare we say it, kid-friendly. Below, 40 easy, unexpected broccoli recipes that will be a hit at dinner, from garlic-roasted broccoli salad to cheesy broccoli gratin.

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1. Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly
Prediction: This side, starring cruciferous veggies and a whole lot of Gruyère and Parmesan, will be gone in seconds. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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2. Roasted Broccoli and Bacon Pasta Salad

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, high protein
Summer doesn't own pasta salad. Turn the leftovers into the happiest desk lunch ever.

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3. Broccoli Pesto Pasta

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegetarian, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly
Pesto is decidedly kid-approved. Swap traditional basil for broccoli and they'll be none the wiser.

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4. Pan-Roasted Broccoli ‘Steaks’ with Garlic-Sesame Vinaigrette

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, special occasion-worthy
Make a second batch of the dressing to use on salads or as a marinade for fish, chicken or tofu.

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5. Sweet Potato, Bacon and Broccoli Egg Muffins

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: low carb, kid-friendly, make ahead
This recipe is a great way to use up forgotten produce. Add spinach, onion, kale or whatever else you have on hand.

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6. Roasted Broccoli and Aged White Cheddar Soup

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, special occasion-worthy
Who doesn't love a sourdough bread bowl? The answer is no one.

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7. Hemp and Walnut Crusted Salmon with Broccoli and Kimchi Cauliflower Rice

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: high protein, pescatarian, special occasion-worthy
Salmon isn't the only ingredient in this bowl that boasts omega-3s—walnuts are chock-full of 'em, too.

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8. Spicy Broccoli Sauté

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly
Drizzle your helping with sriracha for extra heat if the crushed red pepper flakes don't cut it.

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9. Broccoli Margherita Pizza

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: low carb, gluten free, kid-friendly
Cheese, almond meal, eggs and broccoli florets unite to create an epic alternative to standard pizza dough.

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10. Meal-Prep Creamy Pasta Salad with Broccoli and Raisins

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, vegetarian
Sour cream takes over for gloppy mayo for a creamy, tangy dressing you'll love. (Greek yogurt would work, too.)

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11. Turmeric-Spiced Cauliflower and Broccoli with Capers

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy
Ghee (or clarified butter) has a higher smoke point than regular butter, so it's great for roasting vegetables.

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12. Charred Broccoli with Sriracha Almond Butter Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegan, special occasion-worthy
The recipe calls for peeling the broccoli stems, which strips them of their tough outer layer and makes them more tender.

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13. Broccoli Soup with Spinach, Cilantro and Croutons

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: dairy free, crowd-pleaser
Proof that you don't need cheese to make a killer broccoli soup. We'll take extra croutons, please.

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14. Sheet Pan Miso-Glazed Fish with Broccoli and Coconut Rice

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Why We Love it: one pan, high protein, pescatarian, special occasion-worthy
Oh so elegant, yet a breeze to prepare. Go with salmon, sea bass, cod or halibut.

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15. Broccoli Fritters

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, kid-friendly
One way to guarantee everyone at the table finishes their veggies? Fry 'em. Top the fritters with a poached egg to make a truly magical meal.

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16. Ayurvedic Cleansing Green Kitchen Bowl

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, one pot
Self-care at its finest. Skip the Greek yogurt (or substitute dairy-free coconut yogurt) to make it vegan.

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17. Vegan Curried Broccoli Chickpea Salad

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, no cook, <30 minutes
Prep a big batch and lunch is covered for the week. The chickpeas provide a ton of protein and fiber to boot.

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18. Beef with Broccoli

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Paleo, high protein, <30 minutes
Your kids will be psyched to see their takeout fave on the table (and even more so because they won't have to wait for delivery).

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19. Garlic, Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, kid-friendly, high protein
The sweet-and-savory sauce, made with brown sugar, ginger and sesame oil, is one for the books.

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20. Lemon-Garlic Roasted Broccoli Salad

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, special occasion-worthy, gluten free
Virtuous, but still packed with flavor (and tangy feta cheese).

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21. Instant Pot Creamy Broccoli Mac and Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, Instant Pot recipe, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients
Bring on the extra sharp cheddar, Dijon mustard and butter for this decadent dish, which comes together in a flash with the help of a pressure cooker.

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22. Chicken Broccoli Pizza

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, high protein, beginner-friendly
Start with a shredded rotisserie chicken to save yourself some time.

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23. Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Tater Tot Hot Dish

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser
Aka your kids' new favorite way to utilize frozen tater tots. Think salty ham, tender broccoli, crispy spuds and savory cheese sauce.

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24. Broccoli Cheddar Potato Pierogi

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It:
Greek yogurt in the dough makes it extra moist, while cream cheese offers tangy decadence to the filling.

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25. Broccoli Crunch Salad

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes (plus chilling time)
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, no cook
Bring this bacon-kissed side to every picnic you ever attend—your friends will thank you.

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26. Broccoli Quiche with Cherry Tomatoes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy
Since it starts with a store-bought pie shell, this brunch beauty is easier to pull off than it looks.

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27. Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly
Caution: Make this for the fam once and your kids will request it every week.

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28. Light Bleu Cheese Broccoli Slaw

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, no cook
Throw it on burgers, serve it as a refreshing steak side or top it with crispy chicken to make a creamy salad.

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29. Spaghetti Squash and Broccoli Alfredo

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, gluten free
Skip carby noodles in favor of fluffy, nutritious spaghetti squash. Substitute zoodles instead if the weather's hot.

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30. Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pockets

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients
You'll blow the iconic Hot Pocket out of the water with this one. (The trick is using Crescent dough.)

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31. Broccoli Cheese Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, one pan, kid-friendly
A trio of cheeses makes this family-style dish an easy win, as does the Ritz cracker topping.

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32. Broccoli Tots

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, <10 ingredients
Potatoes have nothing on these crispy bites. If you're feeling extra lazy, buy the broccoli pre-riced.

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33. Spicy Mongolian Beef Broccoli "Rice" Bowls

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: gluten free, dairy free, paleo,
Here, broccoli takes over for carby rice by being blitzed in a blender or food processor, steamed and seasoned.

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34. Honey Balsamic Steelhead Trout

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: low carb, pescatarian, high protein
Complete with a side of oregano-kissed roasted broccoli.

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35. Broccoli Cheese Quesadilla with Chipotle Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly
It comes with a sweet-and-spicy dip, but we wouldn't blame you for plating it with a side of sour cream or guac as well.

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36. Air Fryer Garlic Butter Shrimp and Broccoli

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: air fryer recipe, <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, pescatarian
Might we suggest serving it over one-pot pasta limone for a veggie-rich take on shrimp scampi?

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37. Roasted Broccoli and Grilled Cheese Melt

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly
We'd pile these sammies high with caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms if we were you...

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38. Farro Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly
Allow us to introduce you to farro, a nutritious whole grain that's positively packed with fiber.

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39. Savory Dutch Baby with Roasted Broccoli

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, vegetarian
This massive skillet pancake is laced with salty Parmesan, sharp scallions and a duo of fresh herbs.

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40. Roasted Broccoli Pasta Carbonara with Crispy Prosciutto and Whipped Ricotta

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy
If you think broccoli and bacon are soulmates, wait until you taste it with its fancy cousin prosciutto.

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