Crowd pleasing and broccoli probably aren’t two words you’d put together but this recipe is guaranteed to turn broccoli nay-sayers into fanatical consumers without gallons of ranch, butter, or creamy cheese sauces. Simple side dishes besides salad and steamed vegetables are where I come up blank for dinner meal planning sometimes. At under 100 calories per serving this healthy, simple, and delicious recipe makes a regular appearance on my dinner table.

Roasted broccoli florets topped with Parmesan cheese.


Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: about 14 minutes

Total time:about 19 minutes

Servings: 4

Serving size: 1 cup

Nutrition per serving:
Calories 90Fat 5 gCarbs 6 gFiber 3 gProtein 3 g

Closeup of roasted broccoli florets topped with Parmesan cheese.


  • 1 lbs broccoli florets, cut into small pieces (Time Saving Tip: By pre-cut broccoli florets)
  • 1 tbsp coconut or grapeseed oil
  • 4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (use fresh parmesan not the stuff on non-refrigerated shelves)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Place broccoli florets in a mixing bowl; add spices, oil, and lemon juice. Stir to coat.
  3. Pour broccoli on a baking sheet. If you don’t have a silicone baking mat, spray baking sheet with cooking spray first.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes; stir and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Cook an additional 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Note: Cooking time may vary depending on what consistency is preferred. If you like slightly crisp broccoli, shorten the initial cook time to 8 minutes.

Tips: Try swapping out broccoli for cauliflower or a combination of the two.