Broccoli Rabe Vegan Recipe

Dinner for the Lazy: Broccoli Rabe & Couscous

Seriously, I’ll take all the lazy meals I can get around this time of year. Between shopping and work and the blog and holiday parties… sheesh. GIVE ME LAZY FOOD!! Contrary to what some people may think about veganism, you can have a super hearty and delicious meal without it being frozen or made by some fancy shmancy chef. This meal is pretty effing lazy if you ask me, and dammit, it’s good.

If you’ve never had broccoli rabe, let me just warn you. This green leafy veg is bitter as fuck. And you thought collard greens were bitter? Pfff… rabe blows that shit out of the water. When I was a kid, I HATED rabe! My Italian fam made is all the time, too. And then so strange, out of freakin’ nowhere… I started craving it. More and more. The first time I gave into the craving, I was like oh okay, now I remember why I didn’t like this. But guess what? Again, craving. A zillion cravings later, I am finally at the mercy of broccoli rabe.

The Recipe

You will need:

  • 1 head broccoli rabe
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup cooked couscous

To make:

Step 1: Rabe Prep
You do not want the stems when prepping broccoli rabe, so I start by tearing the leaves and tops off with my hands. Yup, it’s about to get brutal up in here. If you want, you can cut away the leaves, too. I just find it much more satisfying to tear them apart with my bare hands. Let off some steam!!

Once you have your leaves, rinse and set aside.
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Step 2: Garlic & Oil
In a medium pan, add olive oil, enough to coat the bottom, and then your garlic. Immediately add your greens to this, followed by 1/3 cup water. Set the stove to simmer, and allow those greens to wilt!
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Step 3: Throw It All Together
Once the rabe is done (about 15 minutes on simmer), allow to cool. It will look something like this:
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Did you cook your couscous according to package instructions? Perfect! Toss that shit in with your greens and CHOW DOWN. I suggest at this stage to also add more salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil as needed.
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Simple and sweet bitter, guys. Best of all? LAZY. xx Bianca

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