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Broccoli with Miso-Hemp Dressing

April 29, 2014

I live in fear of having a child who won’t eat vegetables. Yes, I am being serious. Of course I will love my future children no-matter what, but of all the things in the world that I will least be able to tolerate, having a child who doesn’t eat his/her veggies tops the list.

I don’t remember being a picky child myself, but then again I also don’t remember being a bratty teenager, though I suspect my parents would say otherwise!

Broccoli with misos hemp dressingI do have a talent for hiding vegetables in the strangest places, but spinach brownies aren’t necessarily the best way to avoid getting scurvy. Knowing my luck, my children will turn and run at the sight of a plate of broccoli, and if they have my genes they will trip and fall along the way.

Now don’t get me wrong, I won’t be the parent sending their kid to school with organic, gluten-free, vegan, paleo, nut-free lunches when it’s their pizza day, nor will I be hiding their Halloween candy but I do expect them to not shove their peas under the table when I’m not looking (I may or may not have done that growing up…).

Broccoli with miso hemp dressing 2I can already hear the parents reading this sighing and saying to themselves that I know nothing. Yup, you’re right. I am totally naive and ignorant and perhaps a little bit stupid, but in the meantime I am going to continue panicking at the thought of this, while eating my broccoli. Not the worst way to stress eat…


Broccoli with Miso-Hemp Dressing

  • Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 medium head of broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 2 T hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 T miso paste
  • 1 tsp honey


  1. Steam broccoli. I use a microwave by placing florets in a microwave safe bowl, topping with 1 tablespoon of water, covering it with plastic wrap and zapping it for 3 minutes. Use whichever method you prefer.
  2. In a blender combine hemp seeds, water, miso paste and honey.
  3. Top broccoli with miso-hemp dressing and serve warm.


  • Serving Size: 4

Broccoli with miso hemp dressong 4Were you a picky kid growing up? Parents, do you have picky kids?


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    [email protected]
    May 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Broccoli is the Hubby’s favorite. I kinda dig it too.

    I was the pickiest of picky eaters growing. My parents timed me and it took 20 minutes for me to eat a piece of lettuce. No joke. That’s issues right there.

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    Deborah Davis
    May 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I just hopped by from Healthy Vegan Friday to see your very appealing recipe for Broccoli with Miso Hemp Dressing. I love broccoli and eat it almost daily so it is such a pleasure to discover a new way to enjoy it. I could use that miso dressing for a lot of different purposes. It looks so yummy and satisfying! Feel free to hop by and share your delicious, vegan recipes at the Plant Based Potluck Party Link Up (

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    May 1, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I need to buy miso paste. I never look hard enough at WF. SPEAKING OF… need to text you to send me your TJs/American Food shopping list…

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    April 29, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Thankfully our boys are not picky!!
    However, my nephew (my sister’s son that I’m visiting right now) is very picky – sort of funny but it makes any meal planning difficult!!!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    April 29, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I totally used to drop my veggies on the floor under the kitchen table for my dog to eat! Haha.

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    Mary Frances
    April 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Peas under the table, ahem, … actually, I am a broccoli hater (don’t hate, ok? 🙂 but I loved peas! I think my broccoli never had this amazing dressing and that’s why I’ve had issues all these years. Haha, glad you won’t be sending your kids to school with plain lettuce and fat free sugar free everything free pizza! 😉 Even if you did, I’m pretty sure you could make it taste good. I’m liking this broccoli, so you’re doing it right!

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