Tired of Microwave Chilled Broccoli? There are other ways to enjoy your vegetables that are flavorful yet nutrient-dense. Although it may take a little longer to prepare, the prep time is well worth the taste and flavor you will experience! Here are five ways to make your veggies tastier!
Roasting your vegetables can bring out certain flavors that simply cannot be achieved with cooking. Roasting is completed at a much hotter temperature than cooking or steaming, resulting in a rich, caramelizing effect that highlights the sweetness of the vegetables. For this reason, the best vegetables for frying are root vegetables that contain some starch, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and pumpkins. Other winter-hardy vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli also roast well.
Dice your vegetables into cubes of roughly the same size. If you’re short on time, dice your veggies into smaller portions or put them in the microwave and pre-cook them first. For seasoning, keep it simple by adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil along with salt and pepper. Other ideas: add balsamic vinegar or even lemon juice to a shake. Toast for about 20 to 40 minutes on 425, depending on the type of vegetable you have chosen. Stir halfway through the roast.
You can do more than just mash your potatoes. In fact, sweet potato, pumpkin, pumpkin, and even cauliflower make great mashes. And unlike traditional mashes, you don’t have to add buckets of cream or full spoons of butter. In fact, mashes can be made with fat-free, gluten-free vegetable broth. For a slightly creamier taste, try adding almond or coconut milk, or even cashew cream.
Would you like to reduce the strength? Mix white potatoes with cauliflower or try sweet potatoes with pumpkin or butternut squash. The possibilities are endless! Do you want to avoid starchy carbohydrates? Try bean porridge like white beans or pinto beans for a So-Cal Mexicana flavor! For mashing, cook your vegetables by cutting them into smaller pieces and placing them in a saucepan of boiling water. Cook until tender. Drain, then mash with a fork or mash pot. Or if you’re feeling very ambitious, use a food processor! Add coconut or almond milk or broth along with 1 tablespoon of oil such as olives, coconut or even cashew cream.
Tired of boring and simple vegetables? Try filling them with other vegetables, meat, or grains. Peppers, pumpkins, zucchini, and even sweet potatoes can be seeded and stuffed with cooked meat, chopped vegetables like onions, pepper, chopped mushrooms, as well as some pre-made quinoa, brown rice, or wild rice. Fry the vegetables and meat together and season with garlic, a little olive oil and your favorite spices. For peppers, cut in half or simply core by removing the center seed coat. For the zucchini and pumpkin, cut in half and remove some of the middle meat to create a boat for your filling. Add the filling and bake.
Easy and quick, stir fries traditionally use a very hot pan such as a pan or wok to cook the vegetables very quickly over high heat. Pick any vegetable you like, but make sure they are cut small enough to cook quickly and evenly. Good stir fry vegetables include snow peas, green beans, onions, pepper, broccoli, carrots, bok choy, and mushrooms. Turn up the heat, use about a tablespoon of oil like sesame or coconut oil, or something with a high smoke point. Add garlic and onions if desired to season to add flavor, then add vegetables. Stir constantly to ensure even cooking. Cook until tender.
Perhaps the best way to have your vegetables is just to have them raw and fresh. Salads, while some are bland, can be made in many different combinations to create unique flavor combinations depending on your cravings. Choose from a variety of different green bases such as arugula, kale, spinach, romaine, arugula and many more. Choose from a variety of other vegetables and fruits for your toppings: peppers, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, carrots, berries, avocado or tomatoes. You can’t go wrong with a fresh salad that provides a nutrient-rich source of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs. Add meat of your choice, some nuts or seeds like almonds, walnuts or pumpkin seeds, and a freshly made dressing. Simply mix oil like olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil with a vinegar like balsamic vinegar or a citrus fruit like lemon or lime.