Wednesday, March 13, 2013

how to get your husband to eat broccoli

2 things that are great about parks: one, he's not a picky eater. he will eat anything except 3 things - ranch, pickles, and mayo. and two, he actually doesn't mind cooking so if i get home from work late / need to write a blog post / need to pay bills / just don't feel like it he will cook dinner. so i am lucky.

but guys will be guys. they'll eat junk. they'll have a huge "snack" right before dinner. they won't eat veggies unless the veggies are actually sitting out on the counter ready to be eaten. and even if this is the case. even if i have washed, rinsed, prepped, and sliced carrots, cucumbers, peppers, cauliflower, and broccoli he won't go near the green, cruciferous stuff.

me: "have some broccoli."
p: "no thanks."
me: "just try it. it's delicious and crunchy and so good for you." (i'm not like a broccoli expert or anything. it just seems like something that would be full of vitamins / minerals / antioxidants / cancer-fighting agents / etc...)
p: "sam, i don't do raw brocolli." (emphasis on the 'do')
me: "ok, then."
me: "but seriously, it's so nummy if you dip it in the ranch dip!"
p: stink eye. glare. "sam, you know i don't do ranch." (emphasis on the 'know' this time)
i did know. but sometimes a girl just can't let it go. and sometimes a girl just feels like being annoying.

a couple weeks ago we had ham for dinner. since i was planning on making this dish i had parker cut some of the leftovers into cubes. we put it in a freezer baggie and threw it in the freezer until we felt like making this dish. we had some chopped onion ready-to-use in our freezer, as well.

i put off making this dish for a week or so because i thought it looked like it would take awhile to prep but i was pleasantly surprised. we did it together and our prep-time was about 30 minutes. not bad at all - especially when you use the time together to decompress, have a glass of wine, chat, & listen to music while you cook.

the recipe says to use a 9x13 baking dish - i would recommend using the biggest one you have. i used this one:
find it here
it is a 9x13 but i was really thankful it has the extra-tall sides (and the cover is really nice, too.) it's a big recipe - we had it for dinner and still had lots of leftovers. parks has since proclaimed it's delicious, he loves it, and our kids will gobble this stuff up someday! i think he was just so excited about it he was imagining our life with ham & broccoli royale in the future... :)

so, without further ado, here's how you get your husband to eat broccoli.

ham & broccoli royale
1 c. uncooked long grain rice
2 10-oz packages frozen broccoli spears (or chopped)
6 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 c. fresh bread crumbs (or small cubes)
2 c. finely chopped onion
3 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 c. milk
4 c. cooked ham, cubed
velveeta, cheddar, or swiss to cover top of casserole

cook rice according to directions & spoon into greased 9x13 baking dish. cook broccoli according to directions (a bit firm). place over rice in single layer. melt butter in large frying pan & pour 1/2 of it over bread crumbs & set aside. saute onions in remaining butter. add salt, pepper, & flour. cook, stirring constantly, until bubbly. stir in milk and cook until thick. put in ham and heat until bubbly. pour mixture over broccoli. then place cheese clices on top, followed by the bread crumbs.
bake @ 350 for 45 minutes.



  1. WOW!!!!! That looks AMAZING!!!! I am DEFINITELY making this one!! :) Thanks for sharing!!

  2. That looks really, really good! Thank you!


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