African Chili Paste Is the Secret Ingredient to This Amazing Broccoli Dish

Variety is one of the easiest ways to make meals more pleasurable, and this is a far cry from the same old steamed broccoli of your past. Harissa, an African chili paste, adds a kick, but you can also use sriracha or your go-to tomato salsa. Synonymous with love and the heart, rose petals add crunch and beauty, making this dish a sensual pleasure to behold.

Excerpted from The Superfood Alchemy Cookbook by Jennifer Iserloh, to be published on April 9, 2019 by Hachette Books, a division of Hachette Book Group. Copyright 2019, Jennifer Iserloh.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil

1 head broccoli, cut into florets

¼ tsp salt

⅛ tsp ground cloves

1 tbsp harissa or tomato paste

¼ cup shredded soft farmer cheese, mozzarella, or coconut cream

2 tbsp food-grade rose petals


1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat. Add broccoli, salt, and cloves, and cover, turning occasionally until broccoli is browned and tender, 10–15 minutes.

2. In a small bowl, combine harissa and remaining olive oil. Dot harissa sauce over broccoli, and If using cheese, sprinkle it over broccoli and melt under a broiler, 1–2 minutes. (If using coconut cream, spoon over broccoli once it is browned and tender, skipping the broiler step). Sprinkle with rose petals. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 186
  • Carbohydrate Content: 17 g
  • Fat Content: 12 g
  • Fiber Content: 3 g
  • Protein Content: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 4 g
  • Sugar Content: 11 g