Hector Manuel Sanchez
Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup broccoli and about 1/4 cup tomato sauce)

Broccoli is a go-to veggie side for many families yet is often served very plain. Here we offer a great way to dress it up with a fresh, vegetable sauce. Ragout is a French-style, slow-cooked stew that can be made with vegetables or meat. Here, it marries the flavor of sweet tomatoes and salty Kalamata olives for a tasty sauce that completely coats the broccoli. Kalamatas are black olives, and they have a smooth texture that holds up in this tomato sauce. Ready in under 15 minutes, this is the perfect, low-calorie vegetable side that will have the kids coming back for seconds. Looking for other variations? Try steamed broccoli with creamy tarragon dressing, with chorizo, or with garlic and red onion.

How to Make It

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high. Add shallots and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Add tomato, olives, and 2 tablespoons water; reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Place 3/4 cup water in a large skillet over high heat; bring to a boil. Add broccoli; cover and simmer 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Top with tomato mixture and pepper.

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