Bob Harper - Broccolini with Pine Nuts, Pomegranate, and Fig
On The Biggest Loser, Bob Harper, one of the trainers, invited contestants to his home for a vegan meal. All of the food looked great, but I was particularly interested in recreating what he called "Broccolini with Pine Nuts". I could see that in addition to broccolini and pine nuts that it had pomegranate and figs. Has anyone made a recipe like this or something similar? I'm wondering if it had a vinaigrette of some sort or some seasoning to tie the broccolini and the fruits together.
Just wanted to add - all the recipes basically suggest sauteing the figs along with the garlic/shallots, then adding the broccoli rabe (or broccoli, or broccolini, or whatever it is you're using) in the same pan, or blanching it separately and adding it later. Seems like the pine nuts can be added to the pan right after the garlic stage if you want 'em toasted, or tossed in along with the veg if you want that lighter flavor. HTH!
I thought this looked great too, and found this discussion from trying to Google the recipe. My bf says I've got "Google fu" so I decided to hunt for a bit, and this is what I came up with:
Recipes without the seeds
found mention of it here:
and i quote:
"For dinner they had roasted cauliflower, roasted wild mushrooms with shaved fennel salad, chopped broccoli with pine nuts, broccolini with figs and pomegranate seeds, sweet corn, and sliced heirloom tomato salad with crisp basil leaves. Bob posted the recipes, created by Brooke Larson, on his blog. (Curiously, the recipe for chopped broccoli with pine nuts is listed, but there’s no mention of the broccolini dish shown on screen with the figs. Maybe it’s because figs are now out of season?)"
so you're not crazy, there *were* pomegranate seeds and figs in there :) wish i had seen it, i'd try to help you recreate the recipe!
I made the roasted cauliflower tonight for dinner. It was good, not great. Recipe does not give quantities for cauliflower so it's hard to say if I got it right or not. I used one large head of cauliflower and then the rest of the recipe quantities. I also roasted it using the convection feature of my oven.
The cauliflower had nice browning but was a bit on the dry side. This may have been a fucntion of the convection setting, or simply that I did not use enough olive oil. I liked it, but it not as much as I thought I would based on seeing the dish on TV. I will probably puree the leftovers with some chicken stock and eat it as soup.