Easy Ways to Eat More Vegetables!

by holli on June 11, 2012

Confetti Salad is hearty, and refreshing!

I have always loved vegetables. But, I have not always eaten very much of them. Since I married a Meat and Potatoes sort of Man, I found myself eating much less when we married and I had to blend my tastes with his. I remember a few times, I craved salad and would get discouraged because I was the only one eating it. Then came kids who make us each want to be a better person. And, then came the challenges that forced us to make those changes.

Here are the top 3 ways we’ve made the transition easier:

1) Raw Veggies – More than Salad: While I LOVE salads, I found that prepping vegetables as snacks is more user-friendly. You can eat carrot sticks while driving, the kids will eat them, and you can make them a few days ahead of time, ready to grab and go in the refrigerator. Tip: to keep them from drying out, add a little water to your storage container – but replace every 3 days or it gets funky.

Celery, Sugar Peas, Red Peppers, and Lightly Steamed Green Beans also work well as easy prep-ahead snacks without any sauces or tips needed. But, if you do need to use a dip, try one that also has a few veggies included like my Zucchini Dip!

2) Baked with meat – Seriously, every time I make meat, I try to add vegetables because they soak up the yummy juices and cut down on the number of dishes used to make a meal.

3) Sauteed NOT Steamed – Adding fat to your veggies adds a whole new level of flavor. And by fat, I mean the good kind: from meat or plants. My favorite way to saute most veggies is to add some water to the pan, soften the veggies lightly through steaming them until the water dissolves, then turning the heat down, adding Garlic or Ginger, and drizzling with Olive Oil. That way the veggies are cooked quickly, slightly softened and then full of flavor.

Fellow Blogger, Diane, at A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa shares her Mediterranean cooking wisdom and how it helps her family eat more veggies too. For other ideas on using veggies in non-conventional ways, check out Stacy’s Zucchini Recipes page at Seattle Seedling: Pancakes, Cookies, Spaghetti, oh, my!

How do you like your veggies?

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