Ways to Add Taste to Your Vegetables

ways-to-add-taste-to-vegetablesDo you hate vegetables? You know they are good for you, but you just can’t stand the taste of spinach, broccoli or Brussels sprouts. You are not alone. But maybe it is not the vegetables themselves, but the way you season or prepare them.

Try these tips to add taste and flavor to your vegetables and help you enjoy these healthy foods:

  1. Eat them raw. Raw carrots, celery, or any vegetable that you can cut or slice can be served with some type of dip for immediate added flavor. While you may prefer ranch dressing, healthier choices would be hummus or spices in sour cream or Greek yogurt.
  2. Serve them with salsa. Fresh salsa made with tomatoes, peppers, celery and onions can greatly enhance the flavor of vegetables. Salsa goes well with raw vegetables.
  3. Use your blender. Not only for smoothies, your blender can blend kale, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and onions into sauces, spreads or soups. Smoothies of the green variety begin with raw kale or spinach, bananas, some milk, and a spoonful of peanut butter. Smoothies can become a healthy daily meal supplement or meal replacement.
  4. Add cheese. Cheese is a tasty way to enhance (or hide) the flavor of vegetables. Grated cheese or vegetable lasagna can help you eat more zucchini, broccoli or cauliflower. Add a small amount of steamed broccoli to macaroni and cheese, you’ll benefit from all the nutrients with none of the bitter flavor of broccoli alone. For breakfast, add bell peppers, onion, tomato and mushrooms to your cheese omelet.

Change How You Cook Your Vegetables

Simply changing the way your vegetables are cooked and prepared can enhance their flavor. For example, you may hate boiled cabbage, but grated cabbage in coleslaw or salads may be ideal. Try these variations:

  1. Steamed – One of the healthiest options, steaming retains all of the natural flavor and nutrients and adds zero calories to your diet.
  2. Roasted – Clean and cut your vegetables, place them on a nonstick baking pan and bake, usually for 20-45 minutes. Roasted vegetables are tasty and also low in fat and calories. Try roasted sweet potato wedges as a healthy alternative to French fries.
  3. Grilled – Preparing your vegetables on the BBQ can add new and exciting flavor to corn on the cob, vegetable kabobs, a variety of peppers, eggplant and sweet potatoes. You can also grill portobello mushrooms, baked potatoes and zucchini.

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