Broccoli Baby Trees

You hardly need a recipe for this, but children are always tickled to see how much broccoli looks like little trees. This technique will keep your toddler busy in her high chair so you can have a few minutes of mealtime peace. If you serve baby trees along with fish sticks, your kids can use the same dip for both. (Ranch dressing works well with broccoli — and once again, it's a good way to persuade kids to eat more green stuff.)

Hands-On Time: 5 minutes
Ready In: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


    1 bunch fresh broccoli
    Salt, pepper, and butter to taste


  1. Cut the hard end off the bunch of broccoli. Then trim the bunch into individual spears, retaining as much of the green stem as you can. Steam or boil the broccoli until it's tender but still slightly crisp, about 5 minutes. Season to taste and let cool until it can be handled.

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