Round 1 - Broccoli 1, celiacsings 0
And then inspiration struck! What if I melted cheddar cheese on the broccoli, like a loaded baked potato without the potato part? So the next time I brought the broccoli AND shredded cheese to work. Lunchtime approached and I realized that the broccoli on potatoes is usually steamed or cooked in some way. Could I risk just sticking it all in the microwave without cooking the broccoli? Indecision battled with hunger and the certainty of the rest of my food won out.
Round 2 - Broccoli 2, celiacsings 0
But today is the day. The broccoli is still crisp; the cheese is still sans mold. Half our staff is off-site so if the disaster smells terribly, I have fewer apologies to make.
I looked up how to steam broccoli in the microwave. It's as straight-forward as one could probably get:
- Wash broccoli.
- Chop off stalks so you get cute little tree-like pieces.
- Place florets and 1-2 Tbsp. of water in microwave safe dish, ideally with lid. I have no lid here at work so I'm going to use our microwave safe plastic wrap.
- Microwave for 3-10 minutes depending on microwave.
- Broccoli is done when still slightly crisp, very aromatic, and bright green.
Alright, reading audience. Wish my office luck, that this doesn't have dire olfactory consequences!!
And SUCCESS! (for the most part...) The broccoli with light cheese is actually quite good. I should probably get some plastic wrap that is more microwavable, though. Thankfully, because I only had one small stalk I only needed to microwave the plastic wrap for a little less than 2 minutes. The wrap had only started to melt to the bowl. Sigh.
Round 3: Broccoli 2, celiacsings 1, plastic wrap -1
Broccoli with Cheddar Cheese Snack (serves 1)
- 2 stalks of broccoli
- 1-2 Tbsp water
- 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- salt to taste
- Wash broccoli and chop florets of stalks.
- Place broccoli & water in microwave safe dish. Sprinkle with salt as desired. Cover with lid or microwavable plastic wrap.
- Microwave on high for 2-4 minutes, depending on microwave strength and amount of florets. Broccoli is done when still slightly crisp, very aromatic, and bright green.
- Uncover. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
- Microwave on 80% for 25 seconds or high for 15 seconds. Again it may be more or less depending on your microwave and how melted you want the cheese.
And there you go. It took a few rounds, but eventually there was veggie success!