We’ve all heard about the extensive list of superfoods that include blueberries, kale, chia seeds, salmon, pumpkin, yogurt, green tea, broccoli and many, many more. Superfoods are known for their significant source of beneficial nutrients they deliver to the body, including high levels of vitamins, minerals and anti-antioxidants that can help prevent disease and improve cell function.

Broccoli totes a lengthy list of benefits. This vibrant, green vegetable is full of phytochemicals which contain anti-cancer properties. It is rich in fiber, which aides in digestion, and high in vitamin C to help boost the immune system. And because it is high in fiber, chromium and potassium broccoli can help support lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

This dish combines texture with full flavor to deliver an easy side dish that can quickly be prepared. The olive oil and lemon create a subtle zest that pairs perfectly with the broccoli.

Sautéed Broccoli with Peas, Pine Nuts and an Olive Oil Lemon Sauce
Serves 6


  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup shaved parmesan


1. Start by partially cooking the broccoli. To do this, place broccoli in boiling water and cook until slightly soft, about two minutes. Quickly remove from heat, drain and rinse with cold water.
2. In a large sauté pan, heat two tablespoons of olive oil. Add the sliced onion and sauté until translucent and fragrant.
3. Add the garlic, oregano and then broccoli and continue to cook for two more minutes.
4. Add the peas and lemon juice, toss to combine. Pour into a large bowl and set aside.
5. Pour one tablespoon olive oil into the hot pan and add the pine nuts. Stir constantly for one to two minutes until the nuts begin to darken. Remove from heat immediately and add to the bowl.
6. Toss the ingredients together and top with ¼ cup shaved parmesan.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Jacob

Elizabeth Jacob is a freelance writer who has found a passion for cooking and photographing her way through the kitchen. After her nine-year-old son’s diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease and several struggles with doctors, she decided to fight his battle with dietary changes and clean eating. With her love of good food, learned photography skills and background in creative writing, she documents their journey on her lifestyle blog. You can also follow along on her Instagram accounts @KicknCrohns and @ElizabethMJacob, Facebook and Twitter.