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.
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!
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.
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."
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.