Hey you, broccoli lovers. Yeah, I’m looking at you. You know broccoli is where it’s at.

It’s anti-inflammatory, thanks to those cancer-fighting isothiocyanates that help fight inflammation. It’s a great source of vitamin-C, a nutrient that supports your adrenals and stress response and is also needed to form collagen. And it’s also delicious in this Slow Cooker Cream of Broccoli Soup. So yeah, no issues here with broccoli.

But what about broccoli’s neglected stems? We forget about those fibrous bad-boys because, well, they’re kinda too fibrous sometimes and not as pleasant to eat in their whole form. So why not let your food processor do the work for you? Pop those broccoli stems into your food processor and “rice” those bad boys on up. 

 Not even kidding, this riced broccoli is ah-mazing! It’s so simple, but so flavorful and is a staple side in my house, right up there with cauliflower mash. It’s also paleo, whole30, and low-carb. So there you have it, no more excuses to waste your delicious and nutritious broccoli stems.

Try this recipe for Riced Broccoli and Stems and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 t coconut oil
  • 1 t butter or ghee
  • 1/4 cup bone broth
  • 2 cups riced broccoli stems (pulse broccoli stem chunks in your food processor until it reaches a rice-like consistency)
  • 1 cup riced cauliflower (optional, or do an additional cup of riced broccoli and/or broccoli stems)
  • 1/2 cup shallot, finely diced
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1/2 t black pepper

Optional add-ins:


  • Fresh parsley or cilantro
  • Celery leaves (another way to reduce food waste!


Food processor


Here’s what you do:

  1. Heat a medium-to-large pan over medium heat. 
  2. Add your cooking fat(s).
  3. Saute the shallots until they are nice and tender, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the riced broccoli (and optional cauliflower) to the pan, along with the bone broth. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 5 to 8 minutes, until the broccoli is tender and cooked through.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and any of the optional add-ins. Garnish and serve with your favorite dish! 

This recipe is great as a side to Creamy Dijon Chicken. Or served with breakfast with two soft-boiled eggs and avocado.


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Riced Broccoli (and Stems!) | Paleo, Whole30, Low-carb | The Real Food Effect by Candace Kennedy, Holistic Nutritionist