Steamed Broccoli with Romesco Sauce

I subscribed to Food Network Magazine for YEARS.  When I began my healthy lifestyle, I realized quickly that there weren’t too many recipes featured monthly that I could make without a whole lot of modifications.  And, flipping through its beautiful pages of decadent foods were just reminding me of all that I wouldn’t be eating.  Like many other non-helpful habits, this one had to go…

Every January, I am reunited with this old friend by way of it’s “Light” issue that is published at the first of every year.

Food Network Magazine Light Issue 2014 | No Thanks to Cake

I picked up a copy at Sprouts last week and spotted a few items I definitely want to make (including that soup on the cover… how great does that look!?)

The first recipe I made was a lovely dipping sauce that I found deep within the magazine.  Now, most people don’t get too excited about steamed broccoli, but when you pair it with a spicy romesco sauce… it turns into a party.

Steamed Broccoli with Romesco Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

 

While I’d eaten romesco sauce in restaurants, I had never made my own… and this version (slightly modified by yours truly) is an insanely delicious pairing to steamed broccoli, and something I’ve been enjoying with dinner for the past few days.  It’s nutty, it’s smoky, and it’s guilt-free.  If you’re starting to get bored with your broccoli, here’s your answer!

Steamed Broccoli with Romesco Sauce

Adapted from Food Network Magazine

Makes 1/2 cup sauce

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

Steamed Broccoli with Romesco Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

1 clove garlic

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1.5 oz. roasted red peppers, drained

1/4 cup walnuts

1 Tbsp. water

1 Tbsp. chicken broth

1/2 Tbsp. tomato paste

1/2 Tbsp. sherry vinegar

1 tsp. smoked paprika

dash of cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Add all your ingredients to a food processor, and pulse until smooth.

Steamed Broccoli with Romesco Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

Steamed Broccoli with Romesco Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

Steamed Broccoli with Romesco Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

Steamed Broccoli with Romesco Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

2.  Steam your broccoli, using your favorite steaming technique.  Note:  I used a Ziploc bag with a splash of water in the microwave for a minute.

3.  Serve broccoli with 2 Tbsp. of sauce on the side, and begin dipping!

Steamed Broccoli with Romesco Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

Steamed Broccoli with Romesco Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

4.  Store remaining sauce in a cute little container, like this one from Anthropologie.  It says “smidgen” for goodness sake… so cute!

Steamed Broccoli with Romesco Sauce | No Thanks to Cake

Per 2 Tbsp. serving:

CAL 78; CARB 2g; FAT 8g; PROT 1g; FIB 1g; WW Points Plus: 2

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Comments

  1. I love romesco sauce and recently made it to top pizzas! I love the walnut variation you made here, and it sounds so good with broccoli. Great idea!

  2. Mmm a quick romesco sauce? I’ve got to try this! I will pair it with roasted broccoli because I am so over steamed veggies right now.

  3. Kitty says:

    Umm…that looks great. I like broccoli so I have to make this.

    • nothankstocake says:

      I’m a HUGE broccoli fan! Could eat it all the time… hope you love it, lady! :)

  4. Ana says:

    I highly recommend cooking light magazine for healthier recipes. I really enjoy all of their stuff!

  5. Francesca says:

    This looks really good! I’m going to substitute some veggie broth for the chicken broth and try it out this week.

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