One Broccoli Two Destinies

Most of my inspirations come from whatever I have in my fridge.  My goal is to utilize everything I have in my kitchen.  These two recipes are extremely easy and I usually make them when I can't be bothered with anything.  In other words, "plain lazy" is what I am saying.  Lately, I've been swamped with work.  I just want something quick and easy by the time I get home.  

So I got this broccoli from the market the other day and I wanted to utilize this broccoli so I split it into two meals.  These two recipes are perfect for the busy bees.  Both dishes required very minimal ingredients and they must've costed me less than USD10 all together.  

Plus I've always had a thing for broccoli because of the numerous nutritious benefits.  I like my broccoli a little crunchier so I don't usually cook it for too long.  I prefer to retain a bit more nutrients and that's probably better for us anyway if not eaten raw.  

TGIF!  Have a great weekend! 


Cindy x

The three essential ingredients are broccoli, garlic, and chili.  With just those three super ingredients, we can whip up an effortless and delicious meal in no time. 

The first dish is the "no brainer" spicy broccoli pasta.  

Serving: 1 person

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


1/2 broccoli, chopped into florets (reserve the stalk for the second recipe here)

1/2 chili, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/2 lemon zest

1/2 cup vegetable stock

1 sprig of sage leaves

1 tbsp grated parmesan

100g spaghetti

extra-virgin olive oil


1) Bring a pot of salted water to boil, cook pasta according to its package label.  Remove from heat 1 minute before it is cooked. Reserve a ladle of pasta water.  

2) While cooking the pasta, on another stove, preheat a saucepan with olive oil on medium heat.  Cook garlic, chili, and sage for 1-2 minutes.  

3) Add broccoli florets and vegetable stock. Cook for 1 minute and reduce heat to low.  Put a lid on and cook for 5 minutes.  

4) When the pasta is ready (remove from heat 1 minute before), add the pasta to the saucepan with a ladle of pasta water.  Mix well and heat off when the pasta water is absorbed.  Season with some fresh ground black pepper.  

5) Add lemon zest, grated parmesan and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil before serving.

spicy broccoli pasta 

spicy miso broccoli fried rice

Serving: 1 person

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 7-10 minutes


1 broccoli stalk, thinly chopped into small pieces

1/2 broccoli florets

1-2 garlic cloves

1 tbsp chopped spring onion

1/2 chili, finely chopped

1 tsp miso pasta

1/4 cup water

1 bowl cooked rice ( I used leftover rice for this recipe)

extra-virgin olive oil


1) Preheat a frying pan with medium heat, cook garlic and chili for 1-2 minutes.  Add chopped broccoli stalks and florets and cook for 1 minute.  

2) Add miso paste and water.  Put a lid on and simmer for 3 minutes.  

3) Add the cooked rice to the saucepan, mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Season.

4) Serve with some fresh chopped spring onion.  

Spicy miso broccoli fried rice