Call this a recipe created from necessity because I have a hippy neighbor who brings me so much organic produce from her garden that I don’t know what to do with it!!! <—This is the same neighbor responsible for the giant sunflower and chard from last summer, btw.
In this case, it was a giant batch of broccolini that had just started to flower and almost got chucked in the trash if I’m being completely honest:
I got in one of my “must not let anything go to waste” modes, though, and decided to steam it and blanch it:
Then, I crammed it all into my blender with some fresh lemon juice to keep it green:
After 30 seconds of blending on the “soup” setting, I got this gorgeous green liquid:
They’re not pretty, but making these cubes ended up being an awesome way to use up fresh produce. I should tell you that I was inspired by these spinach cubes from fellow blogger The Lean Green Bean.
Also, beware that this is a slightly messy process and totally brought back memories of the show Double Dare:
My green-slimed kitchen was worth it to have these cubes all handy-dandy to pop into my breakfast green smoothies. Best part: I can’t even taste the broccoli! 💚
- 2 lbs. fresh broccoli or broccolini, washed and chopped
- 1 large lemon, juiced (about 3-4 tablespoons)
- 1-2 tablespoons of water
- 1" piece of fresh ginger (optional)
- Bring a large pot of water to boil.
- Fill a large glass bowl with ice water for blanching and set aside.
- Carefully add the broccolini to the pot of boiling water. Let the water come back to a simmer with the veggies. Cook the broccolini for about 30 seconds on this gentle simmer.
- Drain the vegetables in a large strainer. Use tongs to place the cooked vegetables into the bowl of ice water to set the color.
- Next, add the cooled broccolini, lemon juice, and a few tablespoons of water to a high-speed blender.
- Blend on high for 90 seconds or until completely smooth.
- Pour the mixture into silicone ice cube trays and freeze for 12-24 hours.
- Use the ice cubes one at a time in green smoothies.
Items recommended for this recipe:
- Blendtec high-speed blender (use my affiliate link for the best price on a refurbished model!)
- Silicone extra-large ice cube trays
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