IS BROCCOLI RABE THE NEW SPINACH? I'm a fiend for greens and typically buy two or three big bags of spinach a week. But lately I haven't been happy with the supermarket spinach. It's tougher. It's more stem than leaf. It seems tough not tender. And it's WAY more expensive than even a year ago. But since I've been buying broccoli rabe (thanks again to Debbie, the new produce manager at my local Schnucks store, for ordering it!) here's what I've found. Broccoli rabe is fresher. It's easier to wash and trim. And it's WAY cheaper, $1.70 a pound vs $5.50 for an equivalent amount of spinach. The only downside is that broccoli rabe does need to be used within a day or two, where the spinach can last for up to a week. Is broccoli rabe the new spinach? At my house, definitely!
IS BROCCOLI RAAB THE 'LEAFY GREEN' OF THE CANOLA PLANT? I asked the question here. This piece from the San Francisco Chronicle sorts it out. The short answer is "no" but they do share the same (ahem) genetic roots.
BROCCOLI RABE NUTRITION ESTIMATE
Per 1/4 pound serving: 40 Cal (0% from Fat, 50% from Protein, 50% from Carb); 4 g Protein; 0 g Tot Fat; 0 g Sat Fat; 4 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; 0 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 60 mg Sodium; 0 mg Cholesterol
In March 2006, A Veggie Venture set out to cook -- several times! -- these wonderful leafy greens with scattered clusters of broccoli-like florets. Other food bloggers and readers were invited to share their own favorite broccoli rabe concoctions. Here's what we came up with!
Pasta with Broccoli Rabe & Sausage from Sweetnicks
Pasta with Sausage & Broccoli Rabe from A Veggie Venture
Shell Pasta with Sausage & Greens from Simply Recipes
Guy Card-Saving Pizza from Something in Season
Linguini with Rapini from The Garden of Eatin'
Sausage & Broccoli Rabe with Orecchiette from Mona's Apple
Pasta with Broccoli Rabe & Smoked Mozzarella from Sweetnicks
Pasta with Broccoli Rabe & Spiced Pork from Nosh, sorry link no longer live
Potato, Leek, Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Pizza from StephenCooks
Rapini and Chickpeas from Kitchenography, sorry link no longer live
Rapini with Olives, Pancetta and Pasta from Kitchenography, sorry link no longer live
Penne with Sausage, Beans and Broccoli Rabe from Kalyn's Kitchen
Broccoli Rabe with Oil and Garlic StephenCooks, includes a terrific primer
Broccoli Rabe with Peppers from A Veggie Venture
Broccoli Rabe Stew from Cooking with My Grasp
Potato, Cabbage & Rapini Colcannon A Veggie Venture
Steamed Broccoli Rabe A Veggie Venture
Provolone and Broccoli Rabe Panini from s'kat and the food
Broccoli Rabe & Pasta Soup Salt and Pepper
Turkey Soup with Broccoli Rabe & Dumplings from Noshes, Thoughts & Reves