How To Make Veggies You (Actually) Want to Eat — My go-to quick and simple tricks and easy vegetable recipes to make them both healthy and damn delicious.
Yuletide greetings everyone!
I hope you enjoyed your holidays as much as I did.
It was full of dance parties at my brother’s, loads of Christmas flicks, and whipping up delicious food like this s’mores pie! (Homer Simpson drooling)
This year I really took some time away from the computer and phones to enjoy the time with family, great food, and what we like to refer to as “french hooch”.
I did get lots of goodies though. Lots of new clothes, gift cards, and cold weather running gear.
Too bad it’s been sunny and 60 degrees around these parts most days to give them a proper test run. Did I really just say too bad about that?
Now that the New Year is almost upon us and all those dozens of cookies and fudge are behind us, it’s time to get back on track, get our veggies, and get our movin on!
I know, I know. New Year’s resolutions are so not fetch, but I’m going for this time with some cleaning up of my diet and moving more each day. No gym or “dieting” involved.
And eating more veggies is always part of any healthy habit, but can be harder than other habits for many. I’ll often hear from folks that they just don’t like veggies. And I say, you’re just not eating them right!
Say bye bye to mushy brussel sprouts or gray lima beans that have scarred the existence of the v word in your diet. Here’s some simple ways to make veggies you’ll want to eat.
This is my favorite way to make pretty much any vegetable. It brings out the natural sweetness in them, and is great if you are already making a meal in the oven. Some of my favorites to roast are zucchini, brussels sprouts, asparagus, and sweet potatoes..like these five spice roasted sweet potatoes!
It’s as easy as chopping, tossing in olive oil, and baking about 20-25 minutes in a 400 degree oven. The sky is the limit!
Yes I said it. ADD BUTTAH! If boiled and brown broccoli have scarred you for life..step away from the pot of water.
Steaming or lightly sauteing are the best ways to preserve the nutrients in veggies, but can be kinda boring if green beans or summer squash don’t tickle your fancy. Adding a bit of butter to steamed veggies or sauteing them in olive oil can make them much more appealing. Or in my case, it’s (peanut) butter.
Experiment with Spices.
If good old S&P ain’t cuttin’ it, look to the spice cabinet! Pick up a new spice, or combine different ones to keep things interesting. It’s amazing what a little bit of thyme or ground sage can do to a batch of butternut squash. Especially when roasted and drizzled with olive oil!
Getting enough veggies in at every meal can be tough even if you DO like them. One of the easiest ways is to sneak them in a smoothie! Add a handful of fresh spinach or kale to your morning bevy for a serving or two of greens you can’t even taste.
You can also try one of the many protein powders or smoothie mixes with veggies already mixed in! Some of my favs are Vega One, Amazing Grass, and Skoop (non-affiliated links) making it even easier to get in your greens with the stir of a spoon.
Put Them In a Soup.
Now the colder months don’t exactly scream for a icy cold beverage breakfast first thing in the morning, which is why I’m not much of a smoothie gal anyway. I’m always cold! The warm version of a smoothie? SOUP!
You can puree just about any blend of roasted veggies with some veggie or chicken stock for an easy and delicious soup. One of my favorites though is this African Peanut Stew full of spinach, sweet potatoes, edamame and of course PEANUT BUTTER!
Hope that helps some of you veggie haters out there!
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Make it a great day!
What was your favorite part of the holidays?
How do you make veggies taste good?