Have you encountered broccolini? It looks like broccoli rabe, or a baby version of broccoli, but in truth it is neither of those vegetables, but a hybrid developed out of Japan. Unlike broccoli rabe, broccolini is not at all bitter, and even though it looks like broccoli, it doesn't taste like it, but is sweeter and nuttier.
It's delicious! And like other members of the brassica family, broccolini is loaded with iron and vitamins.
One of my favorite recipes from my childhood is this ground beef noodle casserole that my grandmother used to make for us when we came for a visit. It has ground beef, egg noodles, black olives, corn, mushrooms, and shredded cheddar cheese. It may sound like an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of recipe, or a midwestern version of tamale pie (corn, olives, mushrooms?), but wow is it good!