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4 Veggies That Bring a Change to Dinner

By Genevieve Cunningham

Eating vegetables at dinner is always a good idea. Veggies bring numerous nutrients, plenty of healthy benefits, and very few calories to the table. But if you’re like most people, your vegetable options are limited. It’s not because you can’t buy anything else, but rather because you’re too comfortable with the norm. Unfortunately, this lack of experimentation and diversity can make dinner -- and healthy eating -- a bit boring. To bring some changes to the dinner table, check out these four foods to try today.

Squash

Squash is not a strange or uncommon vegetable, but it gets forgotten in many houses. It comes in many forms -- butternut, summer, zucchini, spaghetti -- and each variety is cooked in a different way. Summer squash and zucchini are great baked, boiled, or grilled. Spaghetti squash is great when sliced and made into noodles. Look up some recipes and give this veggie a try. You may find that this simple addition rings multiple options, flavors, and dishes to the table.

Eggplant

Eggplant is a food that we’ve all heard of, but very few actually use on a regular basis. But this food is extremely low calorie and high in fiber, making it an excellent choice. If you’ve never tired eggplant, you’ll need to experiment. Try stewing or sauteeing it with tomatoes, olives, onion, and feta cheese. Try roasting it in an oven or grilling it. If you want something new and different, give this deep purple option a try.

Fiddleheads

These are rarely used in the average kitchen, and you can only get them in the spring. Fiddleheads are the curled end of a young fern plant. They literally look like to top of a fiddle, hence their name. Those who have had fiddleheads describe them as grassy, so you’ll need to be prepared for a lettuce, dark leafy green type of flavor. Look up a recipe to try this exotic plant, and enjoy.

Cabbage

Cabbage isn’t an odd choice, but it’s not often used outside of the celebration of a new year. Cabbage can be really good when cooked on a grill. And it’s also great chopped up and added to recipes. The good thing about cabbage is that it’s inexpensive and easily accessible. If you need something easy with numerous recipes, cabbage is a good choice.

It’s always a good idea to change up your menu from time to time. It keeps things interesting, and keeps you motivated to continue to eat healthy. Start experimenting with these veggies and go from there. You may find that with just a few new foods, you can expand your palate and keep your dinner tasty, healthy, and interesting.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Encinitas, Calif.

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