The Ins and Outs of Veggie Prep: The Yummy Options

By Genevieve Cunningham

We all know that we’re supposed to get more vegetables in our everyday lives. It’s one of the most basic tips for improving our overall health. But it’s also one of the most difficult. Most of us are used to the same old veggies, and when we attempt to throw something new into the mix, we don’t really know what to do. If you want a little help meeting your veggie quota in a delicious way, check out these quick cooking tips.

Salt, Oil, and Bake

Many vegetables are absolutely delicious with just some simple oil and salt. Asparagus, kale, zucchini … spread them out evenly on a flat pan or cookie sheet, drizzle them with olive oil, and sprinkle some sea salt on top. Then bake them in the oven for 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the particular vegetable. This gives them a soft but crispy texture, and the salt gives them the perfect flavor. For ideas, just do a quick internet search, and then get creative.

Hide Them

Don’t forget the power of hiding what you don’t want to see. If you just can’t stomach the thought of eating those veggies on their own, chop them up very small and fine and put them in your favorite dishes. Enchiladas, spaghetti, lasagna, and tons of casseroles are made better with the addition of vegetables. It might take a little time to figure out your preferences, but soon you’ll love the flavor, texture, and healthy punch that these dishes provide.

Go for the Saute

Some vegetables don’t take any more preparation than a quick saute. Bell peppers, onions, and even squash are absolutely delicious sauteed in a pan with a little bit of olive oil. Then you can add them to your tacos, eat them as a side, or even enjoy them as a healthy snack.

Raw and Delicious

It might be hard to believe, but there really are vegetables that are delicious raw. Carrots, celery, cauliflower … prepare a healthy dip or use hummus, and you have a great little snack. The trick is to experiment with the right kinds of veggies. Not all are created equal when it comes to eating raw, so choose wisely and enjoy the results.

Eating vegetables doesn’t have to be torture! With a little help, you can have your veggie cake and eat it too. Use these tips to give you a head start in the healthy eating department, and expand your menu more than ever before.

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