The 4 cups of veggies that are required per day on Ideal Protein are surprisingly a lot of veggies– in a good way. It’s probably safe to say that most people don’t usually get that many vegetables in a day. If we know they are so good in so many ways, why not learn to love them? We seem to have long attention spans for things like cheese and potatoes, but for many, salads and steamed broccoli can get pretty boring pretty fast. Try this healthy and delicious variation to add a little oomph to your day, and hopefully you can stave off the veggie boredom a little longer, if not forever.
Ideal Protein: Phase 1, 2, 3, 4
- 8 cups broccoli florets and green beans (or any veggies of your choice)
- 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, plus more if desired
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Have ready a large bowl of ice water. Place broccoli into pot and cook for 2 minutes. You just want to parboil the broccoli at this point since you will saute it later on. Using a spider strainer, remove broccoli from pot and shock it in a bowl of ice water. When broccoli is completely cool, place it in a colander and allow to drain. Refresh the bowl of ice water. Bring the water back to a boil. Add green beans and cook for 4 minutes. Like the broccoli, you just want to parboil the green beans. Remove green beans from pot with spider strainer and add to ice water. When green beans are completely cool, add them to the colander and allow to drain.
In a large saute pan, heat olive oil. Add the red pepper flakes, broccoli, green beans, and garlic to the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
Adapted from this recipe.
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