Friday, November 21, 2014

Easy Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese is an easy side dish that only needs 20 minutes in the oven.

Easy Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on

(For Phase One Fridays I feature Phase One Recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites, and Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese is easy and delicious.  This recipe was updated with new photos, November 2014.)

Here's another recommendation from the big list of Carb-Conscious Thanksgiving Recipes I've been spotlighting this month.  If you don't want a richer broccoli dish like Broccoli Gratin with Swiss and Parmesan, this roasted broccoli with lemon and Pecorino-Romano cheese is lighter, but just as flavorful. What makes this recipe so good is the way the broccoli gets tossed with lemon juice after cooking so the hot roasted broccoli soaks up the lemon flavor, then gets kicked-up with the slightly assertive flavor of Pecorino-Romano Cheese. Best of all, this cooks in 20 minutes, so you could throw it in the oven while you're carving the turkey and making gravy.

Easy Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on KalynsKitchen.comWhen I try a recipe with an ingredient I don't use often like Pecorino-Romano cheese, I'm thankful for my FoodSaver, which allows me to vacuum-seal things I don't use frequently and keep them from going bad. I buy this cheese at Costco, but you could definitely make this recipe with Parmesan too.

Easy Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on
Cut up enough broccoli to make about 6 cups of small broccoli pieces.  Toss the broccoli with olive oil and salt while you preheat the oven to 450F/220C.

Easy Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on
Spread broccoli out on a large roasting pan so pieces are mostly not touching each other.  After about 10 minutes, turn the broccoli and continue to roast.

Easy Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on
Cook until the broccoli is starting to get browned on the edges, about 20 minutes.  Then put broccoli back into the bowl and toss with the fresh lemon juice and then sprinkle with the grated cheese.

Easy Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on KalynsKitchen.comAnd just for fun, here's the original photo of this recipe from 2008!

Easy Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) found on
Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese
(Makes 4 servings, recipe adapted slightly from Fine Cooking Annual 2008, one of my favorite cookbooks of all time!)

1 lb. broccoli pieces, cut so flower ends are not over an inch across (about 6 cups cut broccoli)
2 T extra virgin olive oil
sea salt to taste (I used a sea salt grinder)
6 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice (I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice)
1/3 cup freshly grated Pecorino-Romano or Parmesan cheese (not packed)

Preheat oven to 450F/220C. Trim broccoli stalks so pieces are close to the same length. You may want to peel the broccoli with a vegetable peeler if the skin seems tough. Cut apart broccoli flowerets so pieces are the same size and each flower end is less than an inch across. (To avoid the mess from trimming broccoli, cut through the stem part, then pull flowerets apart. I don't remember where I learned this trick, but it really works!)

Toss broccoli with 2 T olive oil, and sprinkle with salt to taste.  Spray a large metal baking sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray.  Spread out broccoli pieces out on the baking sheet so they aren't touching each other.

Roast broccoli until pieces are bright green and starting to get browned edges. (I turned after 10 minutes, and then again after 5 minutes, and cooked for 20 minutes total roasting time.)

Toss broccoli with fresh lemon juice and then sprinkle with Pecorino-Romano or Parmesan cheese. Serve hot.

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South Beach Suggestions:
This would be a perfect side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet or any other low-carb or low-glycemic eating plan.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Roasted Vegetables for Thanksgiving:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Roasted Vegetables with Tahini, Lemon, and Za'atar ~ Alexandra Cooks
Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic, and Parmesan ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Lemon Rosemary Coconut Oil Roasted Vegetables ~ Averie Cooks
Marinated and Roasted Vidalia Onion Rings with Parmesan ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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  1. Broccoli is my favourite vegetable so i must try this one! Thanks!

  2. This one looks great as well - I made the other dish with the swiss cheese a couple weeks ago and it was wonderful there was not a drop left in the dish!!!

  3. Yum! I'm always looking for relatively easy veggie dishes my girls will like (and not just choke down). Thanks Kalyn!

  4. This sounds absolutely delicious!

  5. This sounds really good! Veggies are so much more flavorful roasted than steamed. I used to eat a TON of broccoli and my mother used to tell me to eat other veggies for variety - imagine telling your kid NOT to eat broccoli :)

  6. Hi Kalyn - this is a recipe born and made for me. All my favorite things in one dreamy dish! Thanks for sharing it.

  7. I was just reading another high heat roasted broccoli recipe. They must be all the rage because they are so good, right?

  8. Katerina, definitely the high heat really does something to the flavor of the broccoli. This may be my new "go-to" broccoli recipe!

  9. Having a side dish flavored with lemon makes a nice balance to all of the heavy dishes on the holiday table. I'm bookmarking.

  10. This seems to give the broccoli a totally new touch! Lemon! Hmmm!

  11. Roasted broccoli is one of my favorites. I'm sure everyone will love this recipe.

  12. I make this dish often as a simple and so tasty. No more grey wilty broccoli "trees" that my mother used to make.

  13. Funny, I never thought of roasting broccoli, yet I roast vegetables all the time. What could be easier? That lemon soaked goodness sounds fantastic.

  14. I love broccoli dishes! I love making a cheese-cheddar cheese cracker-broccoli dish. This looks great!

  15. I'll definitely look forward to enjoying this soon! I've been on a roasting kick lately and we love broccoli in our house. Works for me and looks lovely!

  16. Simple and beautiful, this was my first recipe for roasted broccoli, just made 4 days ago. Thanks! Hubby and I enjoyed it so, so much. Roasted vegetables are a novelty to us still and we are enjoying them tremendously.

  17. This was delicious! I have roasted broccoli before but the lemon juice really added something special. Thanks!


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