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Low-Carb Chargrilled Broccolini

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I probably should tell you this, but this recipe combines two foods that I’ve never been a fan of.

My husband and son really like broccolini, but eating it steamed has always left me feeling unimpressed. And, try as I might, I’ve never been able to love tahini, it’s just weird tasting, lol.

BUT. First a friend of mine served me a salad with this divine sweet, tangy, earthy dressing and then shocked me senseless when she told me that it was tahini. I cut the sweetness back in mine and love it even more!

And then I saw a recipe for char-grilled broccolini on television and thought “Hmmmm…”

Anyway, by tweaking those two ingredients I’ve created a keto meal that I LOVE. The crunchy almonds are just the cherry on top. It’s a great side dish for those who keep their carb intake low, whether they follow the ketogenic diet or simply want to eat real food. Enjoy!

Did you know? Cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli and broccolini, are also known as goitrogens and can interfere with thyroid function. Fermenting, microwaving, steaming, or boiling these vegetables can reduce their goitrogen content by 33-50% or more, depending on the length of cooking time.

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Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs9.1 grams
Protein7 grams
Fat13.6 grams
Calories189 kcal

Calories from carbs 19%, protein 15%, fat 66%

Total carbs11.9 gramsFiber2.8 gramsSugars3.3 gramsSaturated fat1.8 gramsSodium85 mg(4% RDA)Magnesium20 mg(5% RDA)Potassium70 mg(3% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

Instructions

  1. Place the broccolini into boiling water and cook for approx. 3 minutes.
    Low-Carb Chargrilled Broccolini
  2. Plunge into ice-water to halt the cooking process.
    Low-Carb Chargrilled Broccolini
  3. While the broccolini is cooking, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a frying pan and heat up.
  4. Add the flaked almonds and cook until well browned, but not burned.
    Low-Carb Chargrilled Broccolini
  5. Thinly slice the garlic. Add the other 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a heavy ridged pan and scatter the garlic over. Heat over high heat.
    Low-Carb Chargrilled Broccolini
  6. Place the broccolini in the pan and cook for 3 minutes on either side. Low-Carb Chargrilled Broccolini
  7. Meanwhile, mix tahini, lemon juice and sweetener together in a small bowl, adding water until you get a good drizzle consistency.
    Low-Carb Chargrilled Broccolini
  8. Place the broccolini on a serving plate, drizzle with tahini sauce and sprinkle with almonds, finish with a sprinkle of salt.
    Low-Carb Chargrilled Broccolini
  9. Store in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 days.
    Low-Carb Chargrilled Broccolini

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Broccolini (Safeway Farms)
7.4 g4.4 g0 g51 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g6.8 g60 kcal
Almonds, nuts (flaked)
0.3 g1.1 g2.5 g28 kcal
Sesame tahini (unsweetened)
1 g1.4 g4.3 g48 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving
9.1 g7 g13.6 g189 kcal
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Naomi is the force behind Naomi Sherman, Food Creative. She is passionate about recipe development, food photography and styling.

An accomplished home cook who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease eight years ago, Naomi started to explore the connection between healthy, whole food and her symptoms, and a new love was born.

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