March 8, 2017 26

Charred Broccoli with Soy Peanut Sauce + scenes from my philadelphia wedding!

Vegan, gluten-free charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce.
Charred Broccoli with Soy Peanut Sauce | Charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce, tossed with parsley and crushed peanuts on top. Charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce that's gluten-free + vegan.

A few weeks ago Chris I and went back to Philadelphia to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary.

We spent our days walking the city.

End to end.

With a head full caffeine.

And we spent our nights at our favorites restaurants and bars.

With our friends, whom we missed dearly.

And with a heart full of gratitude.

Also, a head full of wine.

Charred Broccoli with Soy Peanut Sauce | Charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce, tossed with parsley and crushed peanuts on top. Charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce that's gluten-free + vegan.

Charred Broccoli with Soy Peanut Sauce | Charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce, tossed with parsley and crushed peanuts on top. Charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce that's gluten-free + vegan.

Charred Broccoli with Soy Peanut Sauce | Charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce, tossed with parsley and crushed peanuts on top. Charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce that's gluten-free + vegan.

Charred Broccoli with Soy Peanut Sauce | Charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce, tossed with parsley and crushed peanuts on top. Charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce that's gluten-free + vegan.

Charred Broccoli with Soy Peanut Sauce | Charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce, tossed with parsley and crushed peanuts on top. Charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce that's gluten-free + vegan.

I was inspired to go back and dig through our wedding pictures. I wanted to share some of them with you because I never did that way back when. Our ceremony was at City Hall. Our guest list was comprised of our parents and our two closest Philly friends.

We had a golden hour champagne toast overlooking the city on the nineteenth floor of XIX. We ate and drank like farm-to-table royalty at the esteemed Talula’s Garden. And ended the night in our hotel’s corner room overlooking City Hall’s clocktower. It was simple. Un-frilled. If I could do it all over again. I’d wear a more comfortable dress. And less make-up. And less jewelry {thanks, Grandma}. The shoes though. I’d keep those. The guy too.

We had a reception with one hundred of our closest friends and family members later in the summer that year. More of those pictures one day.

This charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce is heavily inspired by my favorite bowl of food in Philadelphia. The broccoli small plate from Cheu Noodle, conveniently {too conveniently tbh} located one block from my old apartment. Heavy on the soy. Heavy on the peanut. Heavy on the fresh herbs. If you’re ever in Philly, head to Cheu. Order this dish. Request it without sausage, if that’s your thing. Thank me later.

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Charred Broccoli with Soy Peanut Sauce

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Serves 2 - 4 portions     adjust servings

In place of liquid aminos you can use any low-sodium tamari or low-sodium gluten-free soy sauce. I have not tested it, but you could swap in almond butter for the peanut butter. This is best hot and crispy straight from the oven. This makes 1 cup of sauce, and you will probably have leftover. Store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for about a week.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter{all-natural, no salt added}
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 3 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos {see notes}
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 crushed no-salt peanuts
  • crushed red pepper or sriracha, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the broccoli into florets. Spread them out onto the parchment paper and drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil on top. Toss to combine and roast for 20 minutes, or until brown and charred.
  3. Meanwhile in a blender combine the remaining olive oil, peanut butter, water, liquid aminos, rice vinegar, garlic and pepper and process until completely smooth.
  4. Toss the charred broccoli with the parsley and plate. Drizzle on the sauce and top with peanuts. Add crushed red pepper or sriracha for a little heat.
Charred Broccoli with Soy Peanut Sauce | Charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce, tossed with parsley and crushed peanuts on top. Charred broccoli with soy peanut sauce that's gluten-free + vegan.

Wedding photography by Karen Kirchhoff Photography.

26 Responses to "Charred Broccoli with Soy Peanut Sauce + scenes from my philadelphia wedding!"

  1. Reply

    Nattynice

    March 8, 2017 at 11:36 PM

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  2. Reply

    James C.

    March 9, 2017 at 1:15 AM

    Wonderful! Congratulations on a beautiful event. May your blessings be plentiful, your worries be negligible and your hearts grow as one on your journey together through life. And, as I know you are aware, it isn’t the love you say that counts. It’s the love you show that makes the blend so everlasting and strong.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      March 12, 2017 at 4:27 PM

      All of this is very true. Thanks for your sentiments, James!

  3. Reply

    Laura

    March 9, 2017 at 1:40 AM

    You look absolutely gorgeous! And the recipe – it will be tested in my kitchen before the week has come to an end!

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      March 12, 2017 at 4:21 PM

      Awe thank you, you’re so sweet, xx.

  4. Reply

    Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    March 9, 2017 at 7:14 AM

    Your wedding sounds so lovely and perfectly quiet compared to most weddings. I’ve heard great things about Talula’s Garden but I’ve never been there. I’m really bummed we didn’t know each other when you actually lived in the city. We really need to hang out there sometime! This broccoli dish sounds great, too.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      March 12, 2017 at 4:20 PM

      Totally. Yes to hanging next time I’m in town. And a definitely yes Talula’s! You’ll love it. Go even for a drink on the garden patio if you can.

  5. Reply

    Olaiya

    March 9, 2017 at 11:52 AM

    Love your simple wedding. We got married on the rooftop deck of our old house with 16 of our closest friends and family and it was perfect. Also, that dress and those shoes are beautiful! This broccoli looks amazing. Will be trying this over the weekend. XO

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      March 12, 2017 at 4:19 PM

      Small and simple seem to heavily outweigh the large and complicated. Heart you, Olaiya!

  6. Reply

    Tamara

    March 9, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    You are speaking my language with charred broccoli and peanut sauce! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Also, I love your simple, yet elegant wedding.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      March 15, 2017 at 5:46 PM

      Thanks, Tamara! That’s so sweet of you to say.

  7. Reply

    Sarah | Well and Full

    March 9, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    Your wedding photos are so gorgeous! You made such a beautiful bride. Also, I literally just had roasted broccoli and couscous for dinner, but this recipe makes me want broccoli again!

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      March 15, 2017 at 5:46 PM

      Roasted broccoli. Nothing is better. Thanks, Sarah!

  8. Reply

    Nina Olsson - Nourish Atelier

    March 10, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    It’s always special seeing wedding pictures, magical! You’re both beaming of happiness. And this recipe, where shall I start, I’m a big fan of peanuts and broccoli and soy peanut sauce, just sounds like heaven to me. You’re a star Sherrie!

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      March 12, 2017 at 4:18 PM

      I heart you, Nina! You’re a star girl.

  9. Reply

    Jeni F.

    March 11, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    Beautiful photos, beautiful people! Can’t wait to try this. Jake loves savory peanut sauces.

  10. Reply

    Phoebe @ Feed Me Phoebe

    March 13, 2017 at 7:02 AM

    You look like such a babe! In both senses of the word: a baby + a hottie. xo

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      March 15, 2017 at 5:42 PM

      I know! Four years ago. A total baby.

  11. Reply

    Abby @ Heart of a Baker

    March 13, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    Ahh I love the beautiful simplicity of your wedding! I loved mine, but the one you describe with a comfy dress and less makeup sounds downright amazing to me. Loved that you shared these pictures. I also might be making a trip to Philly this year, so I’m putting this dish on my list. xo

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      March 15, 2017 at 5:43 PM

      You must, you must!

  12. Reply

    Eden Passante

    March 15, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Congrats! Gorgeous photos! You looked stunning!

  13. Reply

    Em

    March 15, 2017 at 4:13 PM

    I love that you’re sharing these, Sherrie! I know you say you’d do a few things differently, but it sure looks like perfection. The golden hour light is bananas, too. And peanut saucy broccoli? I mean.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      March 15, 2017 at 5:44 PM

      It was the most magical golden hour I’ve ever seen. Thanks, Em. xx

  14. Reply

    Mandi

    March 22, 2017 at 10:54 PM

    Gorgeous bride! I can only imagine you had the same glow on your recent trip with your husband as the day of your wedding! I can’t wait to surprise my vegetarian (sometimes vegan) crush with this dish next time he drops by. Thanks a ton!

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