Heart Healthy, Diabetes Friendly – and Delicious!

Garlicky Lemon Broccoli and Cauliflower
Serves 4

This delicious side dish is not only quick and easy, but it is also bursting with the crisp, bright flavor of each ingredient.

This lovely pairing of veggies goes well with any poultry, pork, beef, or fish main dish.  It is especially tasty with Italian entrees such as meatballs, lasagna, linguini with clams, shrimp scampi or any pasta dishes.

1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 lemon, juice and zest
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound broccoli, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 pound cauliflower, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces
Salt and pepper to taste

Steam broccoli and cauliflower for 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are just beginning to get tender, then drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process.  Drain again, pat dry and set aside.  Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, then add the garlic and cook for 3 minutes, or until it is golden, stirring occasionally.  Add drained vegetables and turn heat to high, cooking and stirring only when necessary, until vegetables begin to just get brow areas.  make sure not to burn the garlic.  Add lemon zest and cook another minute.  Add the lemon juice and adjust seasoning.  Serve hot or at room temperature.

Per serving: 90 Calories; 7g Fat (62.6% calories from fat); 1g Saturated Fat; 2g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 27mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Fat.

Recipe is heart healthy, diabetic friendly and gluten free.

Recipe courtesy of LowFatLifestyle.com.  Visit them on the web for more free recipes and healthy-cooking tips.