Easy Ways to Eat More Vegetables Every Day
By Lana Bandoim
The broccoli sits abandoned on a lower shelf of the fridge, and the peas have turned into solid ice in the freezer. You want to eat more vegetables but never use them after shopping. However, there are easy ways to add more vegetables throughout the day. Consider the following tips that do not require complicated recipes.
Make Tiny Pieces
Sometimes it is easier to eat vegetables if they are small and hard to notice. Try cutting carrots, cauliflower, broccoli or celery into tiny pieces before using them in recipes. Consider adding them to casseroles or soups, so they blend with other ingredients.
Use Them in Dips
Instead of chips, reach for vegetables after making a delicious bean or hummus dip. Cut celery or carrots into small pieces, so they are easier to use in dips. Try dipping other vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, green peppers or cucumber slices.
It is easy to add pureed vegetables to many recipes. They can be part of soups, sauces and casseroles. Pureed tomatoes are easy to hide in meatloaf, and pureed leafy greens can make delicious stews. Think of creative ways to use vegetables in liquid form.
Add Them to Omelets
Omelets are a popular breakfast dish, but they can be better with vegetables. Cut up green peppers and tomatoes so they can mix with the eggs in a pan. Consider adding onions, garlic or spinach leaves. Try to use different colors to make the omelets more fun. This may convince the kids to give them a chance instead of screaming no at the table.
Roasting vegetables with olive oil, sea salt and herbs can transform them. Flavorless lumps can turn into a delicious meal. Try roasting cauliflower, broccoli, squash, mushrooms or bell peppers. Consider seasoning them with pepper, salt, rosemary, thyme or chili flakes.
Use Them as Pizza Crust
Traditional pizza crusts are made from flour, but cauliflower is a fun alternative. Consider making the next pizza at home with a different type of crust. Crumble the cauliflower until it is in small pieces. Then, steam the pieces and drain them. Next, add cheese and other ingredients to form a crust that can bake in the oven. After it bakes, add your favorite pizza toppings.
You can eat more vegetables on a daily basis without hating them. Try these easy tips, and the lonely broccoli in the fridge will not end up in the trash.
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