Though some will protest, we have to eat vegetables as they are an essential part of our daily nutrition. However, it is true that it can be hard to make them look interesting on the plate. If you’re experiencing the same kind of problem, here are some suggestions to get your veggies looking and tasting delicious.
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This is perhaps the oldest method of cooking veggies. It is done by basically covering them with water and cooking until soft. Boiling can easily make vegetables overcooked as it is hard to tell when your veggies are done. So once you have taken them off the boil, it is best to put them in an ice bath to ensure that you’ll still retain their crispness and color.
Roasting vegetable in the oven is a very tasty option. Toss your choice of veggies in olive oil, add spices and garlic and roast until soft and just browning. The following are good for roasting: carrots, turnips, parsnips, whole onion, potatoes, slices butternut squash, whole garlic and sweet potatoes.
Julienne your choice of veggies and stir fry sesame or peanut oil. Carrots, onions, baby whole corn, green beans, even broccoli are all divine stir fried in the wok and eaten with noodles or rice. Add diced pineapple for an even tastier treat.
Au Gratin means “with cheese”. Try to bake a potato in this style. Thinly slices potatoes layered in a oven dish are covered with a mix or chicken stock and cream. The top is sprinkled liberally with bread crumbs and grated cheddar cheese. Use a strong cheese for that extra punch. Cauliflower is also perfect for this style and you can mix it with broccoli.
This is by far the healthiest way of preparing veggies. Steam your choice in a bamboo steamer or in a microwave steamer. This locks in the flavor and nutrients of your vegetables and allows a beautiful vibrant color as well. It is best to not be overdone and served al dente.
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Stuffing is usually for turkey right? Not in this case. Stuffed vegetable can make your meal into a feast to be enjoyed by all. Bell peppers are perfect for this. Here is what you do. Cut the top off of the bell peppers and remove all the inside, leaving a hollow cup. Now, stuff it with a cheesey breadcrumb, mushroom, ground beef and dried fruit stuffing. Cover the tops with tin foil and bake in the oven until the peppers are soft but still holding their shape.
Crudites and Dip
Crudites are sliced vegetables served raw with a creamy or spicy dip. It’s great for entertaining and is a healthier option than potato chips and dip. Use carrots, broccoli, button mushrooms, whole green beans and baby corn. Basically any vegetable you enjoy raw can be served in this manner.
On the Barbecue
Most folks are used to cooking their meat in this manner. But try out some veggies on the barbecue and you will be pleasantly surprised. Corn on the cob cooked until scorched marks show is a great option. Also try whole large mushrooms sprinkled with garlic and grated cheese, bell peppers and some whole chilies.
While not the healthiest option, certain veggies fried in olive oil are a delight. The beloved French fry potato chip is an excellent example. Frying up some red peppers and onions is a great way to add some extra flavor to any dish, too.
Stews and Soups
What is better than a delicious vegetable soup? This is a great way to make vegetables the star of the show. Consider adding root vegetables and delicious tomatoes into your meat stew to round off the dish and add flavor.
There is no excuse not to eat healthy, delicious, flavorful vegetables that are packed with nutrition. From making the vegetables the star of your dish to adding them on the side as a flavorsome treat— there are many ways to enjoy the greens. Remember a few crucial points though. Don’t overcook, add extra spices for flavor and make sure to pair with meats and pastas for that extra kick.