side dish

Crispy Broccoli Rice

While cauliflower rice has taken the spotlight for quite awhile now, it's looking like it might be time to share the stage with it's cousin, Broccoli! That's right, broccoli rice is officially a thing!! 

This recipe for crispy broccoli rice is super simple and requires just 5 ingredients, 4 of which are likely already sitting in your kitchen cabinet. Serve this as a side to almost any dish, or add in your choice of protein to make it an entree. 

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1 large head of broccoli (or 3/4 bag of broccoli rice) 
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded 
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pepper to taste 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Put broccoli head into food processor to make broccoli "rice" if you do not have the pre-riced broccoli.
  3. In a baking tin, add olive oil and broccoli rice. Sprinkle garlic powder on top and gently mix together in tin. 
  4. Allow contents to bake for about 35 minutes. Then open oven and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. 
  5. Allow to bake for another 5-8 minutes, until Parmesan appears melted but not burned. 
  6. Allow to cool for about 1 minute before serving. 

Balsamic Tomatoes

Tomatoes are among our favorite versatile vegetables (well, fruits technically). They can be used to make the base of a sauce, thrown into almost any salad, enjoyed simple and plain, or served as a side dish. These balsamic tomatoes are incredibly easy to make and serve as a delicious compliment to just about any meal. Here's how to make them:

Ingredients (serves 2): 

  • 10 tomatoes on the vine, cut into 4 slices (cut horizontally and again vertically) 
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • thyme
  • salt 
  • optional: balsamic reduction 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. While oven is heating, slice tomatoes as instructed above
  2. Add olive oil to nonstick baking tray and add tomatoes. Drizzle balsamic vinegar and add a pinch of salt and thyme
  3. Bake tomatoes for about 25 minutes
  4. May drizzle 1/2 teaspoon balsamic reduction to enhance flavor post-baking