Not sure if it was the frost or what, but my broccoli is in a sad state this year. The heads are about the size of a baseball, at best. If you really look at the cost and labor it took me to grow this one very small stalk of broccoli, I really am in the hole. However, I have vowed that we will eat the whole broccoli plant and not just the itty bitty head on top. It is all edible; we just waste so much of it.
The leaves: They taste much like kale and behave the same way. You can throw them in with your smoothies or toss them in your soup. I put them in with my Zuppa Toscano soup (recipe here) and enjoy them daily in my green smoothie.
The stalks: You can eat these in all sorts of ways. You take the stalk and use a veggie peeler on it to remove the tough outer skin. Then, you can slice in any way. My favorite way is to use a fine julienne grater to make it into a broccoli slaw. Throw it into salads, soups, stir frys, etc.
The heads: You all know what to do with this part. I am sad that I won't have an abundance of broccoli this year since I love to stock up on my broccoli pesto. (recipe here). I also love broccoli soup and roasted broccoli with garlic and herbs in the oven. My kids love it as well. There are so many ways to serve it up. Maybe next year will be a little better. Last year I couldn't use it up fast enough. This year I will have to stretch it to make it until it is out of season. So sad.
Here was last years crop; just one days picking!