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I know, I know, I can see all the wrinkled noses already. Dehydrated broccoli?!! Go ahead and make a funny face, but as my great-grandmother use to warn me, ”Your face may stay that way!” haha Now, on a serious note, these nibblers are so wonderful. I have been making them for several years now and just realized that I haven’t shared many of my nibbler recipes with you. What is wrong with me?! :) I have made these for parties, fed them to kids, to SAD foodies…basically a wide variety of people and so far everyone has loved them. Some even say, more so than kale chips. GASP! :)
Dill is one of my all time favorite herbs. If I ever see a large container of it at the grocery store, you will find my nose buried deep in it. I think it is the only time I stop to take a deep breath! Dill is a unique plant in that both its leaves and seeds are used as seasonings. The green leaves are wispy and fernlike and have a soft, sweet taste. Dried dill seeds are light brown in color and oval in shape, featuring one flat side and one convex ridged side. The seeds are similar in taste to caraway, featuring a flavor that is aromatic, sweet and citrusy, but also slightly bitter. I just learned that dill is an anti-bacterial spice. The oil portion of dill has been studied for its ability to prevent bacterial overgrowth. In this respect, dill shares the stage with garlic, which has also been shown to have “bacteriostatic” or bacteria-regulating effects. I find this fascinating. I am still learning so much about spices, not only does it tickle me that I am learning to use them in so many ways, but it also fascinates me to learn just how healthy so many of them can be. In years past I only really gave thought to the nutrients contained in whole foods. I never even entertained the idea that a pinch of a spice could enhance the health benefits of a dish. Call me a late bloomer, but none the less, I am getting there. :)
So, please make these little nibblers. I want you to trust me on this…. you will love them!
Odd photo for sure but just wanted to show what a few cashews mixed with simple ingredients can do when used to cover broccoli .
Here, I have coated the broccoli with the sauce and got it ready for the dehydrator. Oh so delicious!