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Grow your love for vegetables!

Grow your love for vegetables!

Vegetables are a perfect food group. They're loaded with nutrients that keep you healthy and glowing,
inside and out. They're beautiful to behold. And most of all, they taste delicious – both raw or prepared
in your favorite recipes
. Here's how to bring out the best in this amazing food.

Eat Economically

Contrary to popular perception, it actually costs less to eat a healthy diet than an unhealthy
one – especially when you're enjoying plenty of fresh vegetables!

Be a savvy shopper with these tips:

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    Plan your meals to include in-season fruits and vegetables, as
    they're generally less expensive than out-of-season produce.

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    Buy fresh produce that's grown in the area; it stays fresh
    because it takes a shorter trip to the market.

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    In general, meat costs more than vegetables, so go vegetarian
    for two or more meals daily to see the savings.

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    Flash frozen vegetables are nutrient-rich and a smart buy. With
    frozen, you don't pay for the rinds or stalks in fresh vegetables.

Make Prep Time = Fun Time!

Let's face it – sometimes we don't eat fresh vegetables because we don't want to chop them!
But veggie prep can be fun with some trusted tricks of the trade.

Sharpen your knives

Dull knives are less efficient and can lead to accidents. Use
sharp knives to chop efficiently and safely.

Give your kids THE GREEN LIGHT

Kids don't always want to eat their vegetables, so it's up to you to show them how this amazing
source of nutrition can also be a great deal of fun.

Make vegetables kid-friendly:

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    Let them talk to the grower about his harvest. Encourage them to touch the different varieties and colors. Taste samples together. Purchase their favorites. When they understand where vegetables come from, they'll see them in a more special light.

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    like rainbow carrots, watermelon radishes, English cucumbers, and heirloom tomatoes.

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    Why call them kale and squash when you could call them Crazy Kale and Silly Squash? Suddenly, kale and squash just became much more interesting to your child, and that's a start.

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    If they show an interest, don't shoo them away! Make them part of the process in preparing their vegetables they chose at the farmers' market.

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    Place a pile of steamed broccoli beside a scoop of baked pasta shells, and you know which your kids will choose first. Instead of presenting them separately, use vegetables to create a harmony of flavors in the dishes they already love. For example, puree spinach, zucchini or carrots and mix into your favorite sauces or soups.. Some call it "hiding the vegetables" from your children. You can call it "seamless integration."

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    Even if your children don't prefer their vegetables now, leading by example is the most effective way to ensure that, they will in the future.

Try These Tricks For Full flavor Potential

Eating healthy does not mean boring eating. by experimenting with new cooking
techniques, seasonings or recipe trends, you'll discover that vegetables are a rich source
of color, texture, and flavor!

Bring out the best in vegetables

  • 1. Thicken stews the healthy way

    Use pureed potatoes, cauliflower, or cannellini beans in place of
    flour and butter to lend body and vitamins to soups and stews.

  • 2. Grow an Edible Garden

    Basil and parsley grow easily in small pots with minimal maintenance
    and add layers of flavor to any recipe.

  • 3. Roast for Deep Flavors

    Try oven roasting potatoes, artichokes, kale or asparagus, and your
    family will be asking for seconds. Simply chop any vegetable into
    small chunks, toss them in olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roast in a
    foil-lined pan until they're crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

  • 4. Dress Them Up a Little

    Drizzle lightly steamed vegetables with a homemade vinaigrette,
    or sprinkle them with fresh Parmigianno-Reggiano for a simple,
    flavorful side dish.

  • 5. Perfect Pesto!

    Use any leafy green and nut or seed you have on hand to make
    pesto. Then, add the vibrant green pesto to pasta, meat, vegetables,
    sandwiches, salads, soups, pizza, and almost anything else you can
    think of for a healthy burst of color and flavor.