Roasted Maple Broccoli with Pancetta, Goat Cheese, & Pecans

Roasted Maple Broccoli You don’t often think of broccoli and maple as two things that go together.  But maple syrup, pancetta, pecans, and goat cheese – oh my!  In this recipe broccoli is a mere vehicle for everything delicious. What’s great about broccoli is that it soaks in any flavor that you want to add to it. Don’t you love the broccoli that comes in your Chinese take out? Well it’s because it soaks in all that Chinese-soy-garlic-y-goodness.

Pancetta
If you haven’t figured it out by now this weeks farmer’s market find is Broccoli.  It happens to be one of my favorite vegetables!  What I learned about Broccoli is that it is INSANELY good for you. The super-est of super foods. It has twice vitamin C of an orange.   It also has something called diindolylmethane. I know, that means nothing to me either. BUT this diindolylmethane helps prevent cell damage with anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activity.  So eat broccoli and you will fight colds and cancer!

maple broccoli
Ok, you get it, broccoli is really really good for you. That gives us an excuse to indulge ourselves a little bit right? That’s where the pancetta, goat cheese, maple, and pecans come in.  They are rich and delicious.  They complement each other amazingly and our healthy broccoli soaks in all their goodness while lightening things up a bit.

Roast the broccoli
What you get is an extremely delicious side that is both healthy and indulgent. The sweetness of the maple syrup complements the nuttiness of the roasted broccoli.  The salty smokey pancetta gives it a little bite. The goat cheeses adds some tangy cream and the toasted pecans add some crunch. Maple Broccoli with Goat Cheese, Pancetta, and Pecans chips for dinner
I paired mine with some chicken and potatoes – a delicious twist to the basics!
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