Pesto broccoli rice is a healthy side dish that features the bold flavors of fresh basil, garlic, and Parmesan to make the perfect pairing to chicken, fish, and more. Its light and fluffy texture makes it comparable to traditional rice, but in a lower calorie and low carb version.
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Pesto Broccoli Rice

Pesto broccoli rice is a healthy side dish that features the bold flavors of fresh basil, garlic, and Parmesan to make the perfect pairing to chicken, fish, and more. Its light and fluffy texture makes it comparable to traditional rice, but in a lower calorie and low carb version.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 16 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 167kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 5 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp walnuts or pine nuts or almonds
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 tbsp grated Parmesan, divided
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Cut florets from the head of broccoli and place in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the broccoli florets are broken up into tiny pieces resembling rice, and then add riced broccoli to a large mixing bowl. Repeat this step in batches until all of the broccoli is pulsed. Wipe out food processor to use later on.
  • Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to a large skillet set over medium heat. Add broccoli rice and stir. Cover the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring until the broccoli has softened a bit. Remove the skillet from the heat.
  • Add basil leaves, remaining 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) olive oil, nuts, garlic, 2 tbsp Parmesan, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to the food processor and pulse until the basil and nuts are broken up into small pieces and the ingredients are combined.
  • Fold the basil mixture and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan into the sauteed broccoli rice. Season with additional salt, pepper, lemon juice, Parmesan, etc. to your taste.

Notes

One head of broccoli yielded about 4 cups of broccoli rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 0.9mg