4 Broccoli Recipes for a Light Dinner

Broccoli is a healthy and versatile food that you can include in a light dinner. Have you made it part of your diet yet? Find out how to prepare it.
4 Broccoli Recipes for a Light Dinner

Last update: 19 May, 2021

If you want to enjoy a light dinner, you just have to learn to choose foods that are nutritious and low in calories. So, we want to share some delicious broccoli recipes that you can enjoy with your whole family. Are you interested?

Broccoli is a highly nutritious cruciferous vegetable that’s great for health. According to a publication in Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry magazine, it provides a significant amount of vitamins E, C, K, and minerals like iron, zinc and selenium. It also contains polyphenols and other antioxidants that promote good health.

Prepare these broccoli recipes for a light dinner

Take advantage of broccoli’s nutritional properties with these tasty recipes. In addition to being healthy, broccoli is versatile and can be easily combined with other ingredients. Let’s get cooking!

1. Baked broccoli with cheese

This recipe maintains and intensifies the natural flavors of broccoli and cheese. The best thing about this recipe is that the combination is so delicious that no one will believe it’s vegetarian.

Baked broccoli with cheese for a light dinner.


  • 2 cups of broccoli (200 g)
  • 2 cups of grated mozzarella cheese (200 g)
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil (15 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt (15 g)
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic


  • First, steam the broccoli for 10 minutes.
  • Once you’ve cooked the broccoli, set it aside to cool down. Cut into pieces once it’s cool.
  • Move the broccoli chunks to a frying pan with some olive oil and sauté them with the minced garlic.
  • Stir everything together, season with salt and black pepper (optional) and to finish, add on the cheese.
  • Move everything to a small baking dish and bake for 20 minutes at 180ºC.

2. Cajun-style broccoli

The spice that this dish is named after also gives it an original, delicious flavor. Adding cream gives this meal a rich, velvety texture. Enjoy!


  • 2 cups of broccoli (200 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt (15 g)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil (15 ml)
  • 1 cup of cream (250 ml)
  • ½ diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning (15 g)


  • Start by steaming the broccoli, be sure it doesn’t lose its original color.
  • At the same time, start cooking the other ingredients in a frying pan: onions, salt, black pepper and cream.
  • Afterward, add the broccoli and Cajun seasoning and thoroughly stir it.
  • To bring the flavors together, continue cooking everything for 10 more minutes over low heat.

3. Broccoli and avocado salad

Another light dinner that you can enjoy is this delicious salad with broccoli and avocado. According to a study published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, avocado is a good source of healthy fats, potassium, magnesium, fiber, and vitamins A, C, E, K and B complex.


  • 5 cups of broccoli (500 g)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoon of Dijon mustard (40 g)
  • 3 tablespoons of nutmeg (30 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of salt (15 g)
  • 2 springs of parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil  (30 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice (45 ml)
Broccoli for a light dinner.


  • Start by washing the broccoli, including the stem, and steam it for 5 minutes. Remember to maintain the original green color. It’s an important part of the recipe.
  • After steaming it, set the broccoli aside to cool down.
  • Meanwhile, peel the avocado and dice it. Move everything to a shallow dish or salad bowl.
  • Then, add the parsley, salt, black pepper and a little olive oil to season the avocado.
  • Add the warm broccoli to the bowl and thoroughly stir everything together.
  • To finish the dish, dress the salad with mustard and a touch of lemon juice.

4. Chicken and broccoli cream

Cream of broccoli soup.

Pairing chicken with vegetables is always a good idea. So, why not use it as a light dinner option?


  • 1 cup of broccoli (100 g)
  • 1 medium-sized chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons of salt (30 g)
  • 1 pinch of curry seasoning
  • 1 cup of Parmesan cheese (100 g)
  • ½ onion, diced (80 g)
  • 1 cup of cream (250 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper (15 g)


  • As always, steam the broccoli, this time along with the chicken breast, onion and salt.
  • Once cooked, strain the broccoli and set aside.
  • In a frying pan, heat up some oil and lightly sauté the onions, sliced, with a little salt and black pepper. Afterward, add the chicken and cook everything together.
  • Next, add the cream to the frying pan and let it cook together with the chicken.
  • Finally, serve and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese.

Haven’t you tried these broccoli recipes yet? As you can see, they’re easy to prepare and turn out to be light dinners.

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