Great idea! Can't wait to try. But I've got to disagree with one thing. Don't discard the stems...!
Those have always been the treasure waiting at the heart of a piece of broccoli - to me. Once you have used the heads and leaves, take the stem (the thicker the better), and peel the tough green exterior off with a paring knife. What you're left with is a wonderful, crisp, white core that is somewhere between the taste and texture of a peeled apple or jicama.
I have to say that as much as i love a good head of broccoli either raw and bare, or with an olive oil dressing, my favorite part by far is the crisp - sometimes even almost juicy - core. It's like the prize at the bottom of a cracker jack box! (Oh, the days...) Hope this maybe helps introduce some people to the wonderful and I would imagine probably pretty healthy "prize" hiding in the stems of broccoli. I know i've enjoyed them for years. Now you can too!
So please....Don't throw away the stalks! Eat them, savor them, look FORWARD to them!
Present it as a tasty "Secret" treat, and who knows...your kids might even eat THIS part too!
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