14 Ways To Make Veggies Taste Great
1. Roast them up – Use an assortment of your favorites, or whatever you have on hand. Brussels sprouts, broccoli, squash, cauliflower, and asparagus are all great choices. Toss them in just a bit of olive oil, season with your favorite spices, and roast at 375 for 20 minutes or so.
2. Drizzle with good balsamic vinegar. Invest in some good quality aged balsamic vinegar especially for drizzling. Good balsamic is a bit thicker and sweeter and so delicious you don’t need any other marinades.
3. Make them into a sauce – Making your own marinara sauce is fairly easy and can be much healthier than the store bought versions. In addition to the tomatoes, throw in mushrooms, onions, peppers, or olives.
4. Soups – Pumpkin, squash, and broccoli all make great soups.
5. Smoothie – You’d be surprised what you can “hide” in a smoothie. Toss a handful of kale, spinach or broccoli in with berries, ice, a bit of milk or yogurt, and a banana. You’ll get all the nutritional benefits of the greens, but won’t even taste them!
6. Chips anyone? – Toss the greasy, salty potato chips and make your own kale chips instead.
7. Hide them – If you have picky eaters in your house try hiding vegetables in baked goods. By baking with zucchini or pumpkin you can get some added nutritional benefits but keep the taste your kids or guests love. Just remember, these are healthier but should still be eaten in moderation.
8. Add a bit of peanut butter. Dip carrot or celery sticks in 1 tbsp of peanut butter.
9. Make a stir fry – Try an Asian-inspired veggie-based dinner tonight. Broccoli, watercress, snow peas, carrots, and cauliflower are stir-fry staples, but you can choose any veggies you like. Sautee them with a bit of olive or sesame oil, some teriyaki sauce and you have a quick, delicious meal.
10. Try a dip – While artichoke and spinach dips are probably the first you think of, they are typically high in calories and fat. You can find recipes for light versions online.
11. Grill them – The grill isn’t just for hamburgers and hot dogs. Peppers, Portobello mushrooms, onion, and tomatoes are just a few that taste great with that char grilled flavor. Just brush them with olive oil and add your favorite seasoning, throw them on the grill and you’re good to go!
12. Delectable mashables – Everyone loves mashed potatoes, but swap plain white potatoes for something more colorful and you’ll add a host of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants to your meal. Do a quick Google search for mashed sweet potatoes, butternut squash, cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin, carrots, or zucchini…you’ll love what you find.
13. Pair them with fruit – Sometimes when we think of salads we think strictly in terms of vegetables. Start with the veggies – your greens, plus whatever add-in veggies you like – but don’t stop there. Strawberries, kiwi, orange or grapefruit slices, mango, and apples can all add a sweet pop to your salad and complement the vegetables well.
14. Shred them up – Traditional coleslaw is made with cabbage and tossed with a mayonnaise-based dressing. Try a little more interesting (and healthy) variation of this classic side by mixing up the base (try broccoli or swiss chard or swapping the dressing.
I know I struggle with creative ways to make them taste good so hopefully if you are the same this will help! Talk soon.
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