Broccoli apple salad. This is a recipe my mother-in-law often makes so she shared her version with me. I was in the mood for a different way to eat my broccoli- normally it’s just raw with dip, steamed or roasted then topped with lemon, but this is a nice cold salad that keeps for several days so it’s perfect for lunches or snack. When we were in Hawaii this past summer for our family reunion we served it for brunch with an egg casserole and fruit salad. It’s a very versatile dish.
Broccoli frequently earns a spot in the “top superfoods” list- it’s low in calories, high in fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and antioxidants- it is classified under the cruciferous food group and this particular group (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, etc.) have been shown to help reduce rates of cancer. So should you eat it raw or cooked? To absorb the highest amounts of the cancer-fighting compound sulforaphane, eat it raw. With that being said, if you will only eat it cooked try to cook it to the point where it is still a bit crunchy so that you don’t destroy all those healthy properties.
The addition of the dried cranberries, apples and sunflowers satisfy the whole sweet-salty and crunchy all in one bite.
Ok moving on to the exciting updates over at the Flinn house. My oldest son turns SIX tomorrow! I can hardly believe it- he is still so tiny and sweet. He still likes me, wants me to play with him and was thrilled that I joined his class on the pumpkin patch field trip last week! I am saying that because there is a day (probably soon) where he won’t want anything to do with me! I kind of thought by the time he turned 6 he wouldn’t be such a mama’s boy. Love this kid.
Lucky for me, I talked him out of having a party this year. It all boiled down to the fact that we don’t have as much money to spend and with the addition of the baby last year we now have birthdays to celebrate in Oct, Nov & Dec. Also since we just moved here in May and he started school in August he doesn’t have super close friends so I’d either have to invite the whole class or just the few neighbors he plays with. He was fine with the idea of skipping a party this year BUT he really wants to go to Chuck-E-Cheese since he has never been and only seen great things from the TV. Gotta love commercials. It should be interesting to see what that place is like since I haven’t been since I was a kid!
We also decided that during our trip to San Diego in December we will surprise the kids with Disney Land as part of their birthday gift. I think that is WAAAAY better than a party don’t you?
So I am off to make some birthday cake/cupcakes but am so much more relaxed knowing that I don’t have to put on my creative party hat this year.
Let’s chat: have you ever skipped throwing a birthday party for your kid? Do you usually eat your broccoli raw or cooked?
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