Nobody’s Baby Broccoli


My  ‘To Do’ list includes calling off three dead end relationships. That’s a lot of work before 11 am.  I think a snack is in order. Broccoli, cranberries, almonds and basil to the rescue.  For the full effect, chew on this while listening to Sharon Jones’ “Nobody’s Baby”.

Yields 4 generous servings

  • 3 heads of broccoli (cut off florets)
  • 1/2 C raw almonds* soaked over night
  • 4-6 basil leaves (or more if desired)
  • ½ C dried cranberries


  • 1 C water
  • 1 C raw cashews* soaked over night
  • 2 pitted medjool dates soaked over night
  • 4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1Tbsp tamari
  • 1 clove of chopped garlic**
  • 1 Tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp umeboshi vinegar


  1. Soak the almonds, cashews and dates in separate  bowls of water over night.
  2. Drain the almonds, cashews, dates; rinse
  3. Put all dressing ingredients in blender and blend until smooth (adding another ¼  cup of water as it starts to get thick).
  4. Steam the broccoli florets lightly (until bright green, but still crunchy).
  5. Marinate broccoli in dressing for 1-2 hours in the fridge.
  6. Rinse the almonds, remove the skins and chop.
  7. Chop the cranberries and basil leaves.
  8. Toss the almonds, cranberries, and basil with the broccoli before serving.
  9. Press play

* The Grainery Food Co-op on Agricola St. sells the best quality and priced nuts.
**Alex DeNicola, of Highland Farm, is selling fresh garlic, and Local Source is selling some from last year.