What you'll need:
3 cups of broccoli (cut into florets and stems), cooked for 1 minute in boiling water.
2 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup of olive oil
Juice from half a lemon
1 large handful of spicy microgreen mix (feel free to substitute either radish or mild microgreen mixes as well, both of which would also add a great flavor!)
1 tsp. dried sage (oregano or chives could also be good)
¼-½ tsp. red pepper flakes (depending on how spicy you want it)
¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of black pepper
Once cooked, drain the broccoli and then blend in a food processor until smooth. Add in all of the remaining ingredients and blend for about 30 seconds more. The crushed red peppers and spicy microgreens are great for adding a bit of flavor to the (at times, overwhelming) aroma of the broccoli. Balancing that earthy taste with a bit more of a spicy flavor profile is the best way to remind your guests that they aren't just eating baby food!
One snag I ran into while preparing this recipe was the issue of consistency. It could be that the food processor blade I was using has become slightly dull over the years, but it also could be that the recipe does not include any creamy base. The consistency was slightly more watery than I had hoped, whereas I was hoping to achieve more of the smoothness of a broccoli soup. If you find the consistency to be a bit too watery, there are a few options. The first would be to add a milk or heavier cream (in ½ tablespoons) until you have achieved the desired consistency. However, in keeping the dish Paleo-friendly, there is another simple fix that doesn't involve adding any further ingredients. Pouring the mixture into a blender or Vitamix and blending for about 15 seconds can really help you get closer to that smoother consistency. And then by the time all the blending is complete, the purée should still be warm enough to serve (but don't hesitate to throw it back on the burner for a few minutes!). This simple dish is a great complement to roasted vegetables, or even as a substitute for traditional pasta sauce. Top with some fresh microgreens and you're ready to enjoy this healthy and delicious addition to your meal!