Here's a different way to get them to eat healthy broccoli. It has an Italian twist that will help them forget they are eating such a healthy veggie.
1 Italian sausage
1/2 medium onion, chopped
3 large cloves garlic, chopped fine
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
black pepper to taste
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 head broccoli, cut into small florets and pieces
1 Tbsp lemon juice, preferable fresh
8 oz. penne
1/4 Cup grated or shredded Parmesan
Bring a large pot of oil to a boil. When boiling, add penne.
While water is heating, skin and crumble sausage. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and sausage until onion is soft and sausage cooked through. Add chopped garlic, Italian seasoning, and black pepper. Sauté a few minutes longer; don't let garlic brown. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add lemon juice and broccoli and bring back to a boil. Cover and turn low. Cook broccoli to taste, don't over-cook.
Drain penne well when tender. Add to broccoli. Sprinkle with Parmesan, stir to blend, and leave over heat for another minute to meld flavors.