Lemon-Scented Broccoli Recipe
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Lemon-Scented Broccoli Recipe

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“If you do not like broccoli, you might change your mind after tasting this festive dish,“ predicts Wills Point, Texas field editor Dorothy Pritchett. It is simple yet elegant with a delightful lemon sauce.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 medium bunch broccoli, trimmed and cut into spears
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 82 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. In a small skillet, saute pecans in butter until golden brown; set aside. Place broccoli in a large saucepan; add 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 5-8 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, broth and lemon juice until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in the lemon peel and pepper. Drain broccoli and place in a serving bowl; top with lemon sauce and pecans. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lemon-Scented Broccoli in Taste of Home February/March 2006, p16

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