A Recipe for Broccoli and Parenting

by Christine@TheAums on December 12, 2011 · 17 comments

I came across a recipe for roasted broccoli recently. In all my vegetarian days (that would be since I was 19…minus a few meat-eating boyfriend phases and all four of my pregnancies), I’d never cooked nor eaten roasted broccoli. Imagine my excitement!

Unfortunately, the day I planned to make it for the first time was a day I worked away from home and had a lunch meeting that I’d forgotten about, so I had to pass the task on to my husband.

Like any morning that I have to leave for work, I was simultaneously getting myself ready, squeezing in time with the kids, planning the day’s appointments and meals, and rambling off details to my husband. How big to cut the broccoli, how to toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, what temperature to heat the oven,  to make sure and stir half way through cooking time…and then, my usual look him in the eyes, and ask, “Are you sure it’s okay that I’m handing this off to you?” Since he will be with the kids all morning, I try not to add to his load.

When I returned home hungry, I was so happy to see some leftover broccoli, though not much, because according to my husband, the kids loved it.

I tasted it and could see why. It was delicious! Way better than steamed, with little charcoal crispy bits and still crunchy.

I’ve tried twice, since then, to replicate the recipe I gave him to no avail. My roasted broccoli comes out good…just not as good.

So I finally asked him what his secret was and he said with a shrug, “I forgot about it.”

And that, my friends, is his secret…in cooking, in parenting, and life! No, I don’t mean that he forgets about the kids. I just mean that he doesn’t obsess, fuss, analyze, overthink. He let’s them be and let’s life be without over-worrying.

Our parenting styles may not always match, but we sure make a good team. Maybe it’s an opposites attract-yin yang-we balance each other-kinda thing. Or maybe it’s because life tipped completely one way or the other just wouldn’t work, which takes me back to my core parenting philosophy: Everything in moderation, even moderation

…even roasted broccoli. Which is why I tried his fuggedaboutit technique on some cauliflower and it was thee best roasted cauliflower ever!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole December 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Mmmmmmm….sounds good. Are you gonna bring some on Thursday?


Christine@TheAums December 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Hmmm, I’ll have to think about it. Not sure what to bring as it will be our second potluck back to back! Maybe a roasted broccoli quiche…


Brandi December 12, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I LOVE this. Man, if some of that fuggedaboutit could rub off on me….
Also, I put roasted broccoli on my menu plan last week, but we still have not made them. This picture makes me want to go downstairs and put some in the oven right now. Yummy!


Christine@TheAums December 13, 2011 at 1:51 pm

It’s on my menu again this week! Along with roasted beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, cauliflower…you name it! Roasting keeps my stovetop clean!


brotio December 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I couldn’t resist!! Dana Carvey singing Choppin Broccoli


Christine@TheAums December 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm

L to the OL Paul! I need to show that clip to Aumar.


grandma December 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm

okay mija this sounded sooo good that I am going to give it a try


Christine@TheAums December 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I’ll make some for you when I see you next ;)


Stasha December 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm

So cute. So are the cauliflower to his broccoli? Wait until you roast parsnip :)


Christine@TheAums December 13, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Just added parsnip to my grocery list…can you believe I’ve never it?! Sheltered life. I’m sure it’s delicious because seems like everything tastes good roasted…and my house gets all toasty warm…win/win!


Cookie's Mom December 14, 2011 at 10:18 am

Ah yes, I have used that technique before. Note that if you fuggedaboutit for too long, the food all but disappears and you will need a new pot. Also, the smoke alarm provides a rather rude awakening from an otherwise glorious nap.


Christine@TheAums December 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I love that you speak from experience, Sue! My version of the fuggedaboutit technique is to prep everything in the rice cooker or crockpot and forget to turn it on. Or there was the time I made brownies, left the dry ingredients sitting in a bowl on the counter, and only baked the wet. But I’d rather fuggedaboutit.


Cookie's Mom December 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Probably best!


MJ from iNeedaPlaydate December 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

This happens to me more times that I care to admit and can never replicate my “mistake” sigh.

Great analogy for life – with out trying we have been very blessed and when I obsess, let down.


Christine@TheAums December 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm

LOVE your analogy!!!


Amber January 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm

You never have? Have you put it in foil and grilled it???


Christine@TheAums January 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm

No! Where have I been that I have not even thought to do anything with broccoli other than steam or stir-fry??? I can’t wait til grilling season again.


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