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Recipe of the week: grilled broccoli stalks with celery leaf pesto

By bristol247, Thursday Jul 9, 2020

With more people in Bristol cooking meals from scratch than ever before, Better Food provides a little inspiration for you by sharing some of their tried-and-tested recipes.

The fifth recipe in this series – grilled broccoli with celery pesto – is inspired by their belief that no good food should be wasted. It’s Plastic Free July, and in addition to creating this sustainable shopping guide, Better Food have been busy thinking about other ways we can reduce, re-use and recycle, like this scrumptious zero waste recipe. Did you know, broccoli stalks are just as nutritious as the florets?

This recipe can be made as a light vegetarian or vegan lunch and gives back-of-the-fridge veg a new lease of life, saving them from an unnecessary trip to the bin.

Grilled broccoli stalks with yoghurt, grated carrot and celery leaf pesto (serves 4)



For the salad

Two broccoli stalks, quartered lengthways

A tablespoon of Better Food olive oil


250g salad leaves

Two carrots, grated, and the green tops finely chopped and added to the salad (optional)

Half a lemon

For the pesto

190g of celery tops, roughly chopped

50g cheddar cheese (or use a vegan alternative)

50ml of olive oil

A squeeze of lemon juice

2 garlic cloves, crushed


For the dressing

A dollop of yoghurt (dairy or vegan) per serving


1. Turn the grill onto a medium heat. Place the broccoli stalks onto a baking tray, drizzle over the olive oil and add the seasoning. Slide the broccoli under the grill for 8 mins, or until it starts to crisp.
2. Add the pesto ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.
3. Serve up the broccoli on a plate of mixed salad leaves and grated carrot, with a good squeeze of lemon. Top this with the pesto and yoghurt before enjoying as a zesty, zero-waste dish!

Cook’s tip: see this zero-waste beetroot recipe for a delicious side dish to complement this light lunch.

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