The Youth Connection’s I2D2 Fruit/Vegetable of The Month: Tangerines & Broccoli

Tangerines & Broccoli

Broccoli has vitamin A which makes your eyes, bones, teeth, skin, and hair strong and healthy. Broccoli also has vitamin B2 which helps keep your skin smooth. Broccoli has vitamin B2 which helps keep your skin smooth. Tangerines are good for your brain; they help you concentrate and remember information. Tangerines are packed with vitamin C which helps build your teeth and bones, helps in blood formation, and keeps your hair and skin healthy.

Pasta With Broccoli

Pasta With Broccoli


  • 8 ounces pasta (any shape you like)
  • 5-8 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli pieces, frozen or fresh
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • ¼ cup parmesan or romano cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp. dried basil and oregano
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • Salt to taste


1. Cook the pasta as directed on package.

2. About halfway through pasta cooking time, add garlic and continue cooking.

3. With about 3 minutes left to pasta cooking time, frozen broccoli, bring water back to a boil, and cook for 3 more minutes

4. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain pasta and broccoli in a colander over the sink and then dump them both back in the pot.

5. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss together. Add seasonings to taste.

Broccoli Strawberry Orzo Salad

Broccoli Strawberry Orzo Salad

Makes: 6 Servings

Prep time: 15 minutes

Fresh broccoli and strawberries are colorful additions to this refreshing summer delight.Lemon dressing brings a bright flavor to this pasta dish.


  • 3/4 cup orzo pasta (uncooked)
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli (chopped)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries (diced)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing:
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or honey)
  • poppy seeds (1 teaspoon, optional)


1. Cook orzo pasta according to directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.

2. In a large bowl, combine orzo pasta, broccoli, strawberries, and sunflower seeds. Drizzle with lemon poppy seed vinaigrette and toss to combine.

3. Season with salt and pepper. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Tangerine Smoothie

Tangerine Smoothie

Servings: 2                

Preparation: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup 100% Orange Juice
  • 2 tangerines, peeled and quartered, seeds removed
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) full-fat, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 to 6 ice cubes, plus more for garnish (optional)


1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.

2. Taste and adjust flavor as needed. Add more fruit juice if too thick. Add more honey if not sweet enough. Serve immediately. Freezes well (or make into popsicles).

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