for the love of broccoli

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For the Love of Broccoli

Mark your calendars because National Broccoli Day is in March, and Panera at Home is here to help you celebrate this nutrient-rich vegetable accordingly.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t start with a shout-out to our fan-favorite Broccoli Cheddar Soup. While it’s amazing on its own or alongside a simple salad, we love it even more as an ingredient in simple recipes you can make at home.

With just one pan and about 25 minutes, you can whip up this Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli & Rice Skillet. It’s quick, easy and packs in bonus veggie power thanks to the addition of 1 cup of frozen broccoli.

For a spring brunch or simple weeknight dinner, try this Broccoli Cheddar Frittata. With just five ingredients it manages to impress with rich, satisfying flavors.

Ready for something completely different? This Hot Broccoli Cheddar-Bacon Dip is the very definition of a crowd pleaser. Try it with fresh veggies (broccoli, anyone?) or crackers for dunking.

But you don’t have to rely on our soup to fulfill your broccoli cravings. With a little of your favorite Panera dressing, you can make some great broccoli recipes too.

Starting with this Roasted Broccoli Salad. Our Mediterranean Lemon Vinaigrette adds some bright flavor to roasted broccoli in a versatile salad that can play a starring role or accompany your favorite protein.  Or, try this Crunchy Broccoli Salad made with our signature Poppyseed Dressing.

Rather it raw? Try dipping the crisp, green florets in this refreshing Greek Tzatziki Dip, made with our Greek Dressing, or in this versatile Lemon Broccoli Hummus. (Pro tip: try the hummus as a spread on your favorite sandwich, too.)

Ready to take the broccoli plunge? For best-tasting results, look for buds that are compact and dark green—both signs the veggie is in its prime. Keep it cold, stored loosely in a plastic bag in your fridge for up to a week, washing just before using.

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