Claire Wright from shares 3 simple ways to prepare broccoli that the whole family will enjoy.

This broccoli slaw is a fun way to add some more veg to the plate and is simple for kids to help make. Try it alongside a burger (or veggie burger) and some veggie fries (see our Root Recipes) or with Ren's Pan-Fried Fish Fingers (also in Root Recipes).


First, prep the broccoli by separating the stalk and florets. Finely sliced the florets with a sharp knife or using the slicer in your food processor. Grate the stalks with a box grater or the food processor’s grater. Mix in a bowl with the kale and carrot or apple. Add the mayo, lime zest and juice and fresh herbs. Mix well and taste. Season as needed, then sprinkle over the seeds or cranberries.

Mix it up: If your family enjoys a little heat in their food, adding a finely sliced red chilli to the slaw is delicious. Alternatively, stir a little chipotle paste into the mayo for a tasty treat. You can replace the mayo with full-fat Greek yogurt if you like, although it will lose a little creaminess. And sunflower seeds or raisins work in place of the pumpkin seeds or cranberries. For more Asian-inspired flavour, swap the mayonnaise, lime, herbs and seeds or cranberries for a dressing made with 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil, 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari, 2 tsp grated ginger, 1 tsp grated garlic and a splash of rice wine vinegar. The fresh coriander still works nicely with this (parsley, not so much), and sesame seeds make a nice change from the pumpkin seeds.

Kids in the Kitchen

Once you’ve prepped the broccoli (or got the kids to push the buttons on the food processor if you are using it), the kids can make this recipe pretty much by themselves. Help them measure ingredients out and mix it all together with a big spoon, and have them taste a little to see if they think it could use salt & pepper or needs a little more of another ingredient.