Broccolini with Hazelnuts

Simple Side Dish: Broccolini with Hazelnuts

Three ingredients to this simple but standout side dish. Broccolini with Hazelnuts delivers taste, texture and nutrition.

Fiber-rich broccolini is high in vitamin C and minerals like calcium and potassium. Hazelnuts are a rich source of protein, vitamin E, folate, B vitamins, and arginine. Although algae oil might not be the most common ingredient in someone’s pantry, I’d encourage you to try it! Algae oil is neutral, light, and slightly buttery with a very high smoke point. I buy mine at Thrive Market.

Together, these ingredients come together in a fat, fiber, and greens-rich dish. That’s three out of four components of the Fab Four. The Fab Four – protein, fat, fiber and greens – is my lightly-structured formula for ensuring optimal blood sugar balance at every meal. All you need to do is add a clean protein to this side to complete your balanced meal.

Some of my favorite proteins include Paleo Homemade Meatballs, 20 Minute Pork Tenderloin, Lemon and Garlic Whole Chicken, Fab Four Chicken Tenders, or Mississippi Pot Roast. Looking for other simple but balanced sides? Try my asparagus or cauliflower mash!

And if you want to learn more about how to use the Fab Four to improve your metabolism, up your energy, and feel calm and focused for hours, check out my video course The Fab Four Fundamentals.

  • Prep Time

    5 minutes

  • Total Time


  • Servings


  • Freezer Friendly



  • 1-2 bunches organic broccolini
  • 1/2-1 cup whole hazelnuts, unsalted
  • 1-2 tbsp of Algae oil or cooking oil of choice (Ghee / coconut oil / avocado oil)
  • 1 tsp sea salt, to taste


  1. In a large sauce pan, sauté broccolini in cooking oil over medium heat for 6-8 minutes.
  2. In a separate pan, add hazelnuts to the pan and toast until golden brown and fragrant, about 5-10 minutes, stirring the nuts occasionally.
  3. Once your hazelnuts are fragrant, add them to the broccolini and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve warm.
  4. Alternatively, you can cook this dish in the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Add broccolini and hazelnuts to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Drizzle with Algae oil and a pinch of sea salt.
  6. Bake until hazelnuts are golden brown and fragrant, about 10-15 minutes, stirring halfway. Serve warm.