Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli

Here is a very simple, yet super tasty way to prepare the superstar of vegetables -- broccoli!  I found this recipe on Pinterest a long time ago and it has been a frequent favorite ever since.  It has been referred to as "the best broccoli of your life.”

Broccoli is the leading member of the family of cruciferous vegetables.  It is a great source of vitamins K, A and C, as well as fiber, potassium, folate and lutein.  According to Dr. Mercola, it is one of the best health-boosting foods around, with research proving its effectiveness against arthritis, cancer, and blood pressure. Broccoli has also been known to support kidney health, anti-aging, immunity and heart health.

4 – 5 cups broccoli, cut into florets
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 – 4 Tbsp. olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Juice of ½ lemon
Zest of ½ lemon
Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425 F.
Wash and thoroughly dry the broccoli.  In a large bowl combine the broccoli, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper and toss to coat evenly. Lay out on a cookie sheet, avoiding overcrowding.  Roast for 20 – 25 minutes, until tender-crisp.  Remove from oven, drizzle with lemon juice and an additional tablespoon of olive oil.  Sprinkle with lemon zest and Parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately!