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Don’t Toss Out Those Broccoli Stalks!

How many broccoli stalks have you tossed in the trash? We’re all guilty of it. The gnarly looking stalks just don’t seem as appetizing as those frilly florets. Since you pay for broccoli by the pound, you’re literally throwing away money when you discard the stalks. With minimal effort, though, you can whip up something delicious.

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Broccoli stalks are packed with as many vitamins and minerals as the more visually-appealing florets, so there’s no reason not to eat them. You just have to get past the thick, green peel, and you’re left with a light, almost-white tender heart of the stem. Use a sharp knife to peel off the thick part. Then, you can use the stem any way you would use the florets. They’re great cut up and eaten raw with hummus, salsa or other dips. Slice the stem into coin-sized pieces and sauté them with other veggies or by themselves. Roast them in the oven with olive oil and a few spices. The possibilities are endless.