We all know that it is important to eat vegetables. I’m lucky and love my veggies! But, I know a lot of people do not feel the same way. There are a lot of different ways to prepare and have veggies, but sometimes we can get stuck in a rut with them. So, I’ve made a list of ideas to get those veggies in our diet!
This is the one that I do more than anything else. It’s quick and easy and then you can add any spices on top. I do this a lot with broccoli and green beans. I steam them and then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle a little garlic salt on top. Yum!
I just recently started doing this. My favorite vegetable for this is cauliflower. My favorite recipe for it is HERE! Just last night I roasted carrots, green beans and onions. I heated the oven to 450 degrees, laid parchment paper on a cookie sheet, diced the onion and halved the carrots. I laid them out on the cookie sheet, drizzled olive oil and honey over the veggies and them roasted them for about 15 minutes. They were amazing!!!
Making chips is a great way to get your veggies! There are lots of different veggies you can do this with besides potatoes. Sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots, egg plant, kale. The directions to do this depends on what type of vegetable you are making into chips.
There are lots of different sauces you can make with vegetables. I made a butternut squash pasta sauce found HERE. My 2 year old has not been eating any sauces lately, but he loved this one! At first he didn’t notice there was sauce at all because it was almost the same color as the pasta. There are also yummy and healthy sauces to put veggies into. I am 100% in love with curry! I make THIS on a regular basis! This first time I made it, my then 3 year old told me it was “the greatest dinner ever.” And my 1 year old was shoveling it in his mouth as fast as he could.
We all know this one. And I do love my regular, romaine lettuce salad. (Romaine lettuce, craisins, sunflower seeds, Parmesan cheese, olive oil and balsamic vinegar) I eat it for lunch almost every day in the summer. However, there are other ways to make salad besides lettuce. You can make a salad out of chopped up peppers, tomatoes, onions, carrots, and some corn. Add a healthy dressing and you are set. So good!
This is a great way to get a lot of different vegetables in one meal. If you make your soup from scratch, it can be such a healthy meal or side! It must be getting close to fall because I have another yummy butternut squash recipe… HERE. And a sweet potato one I cannot wait to try that my good friend made. I know it will be delicious because everything she makes is! Find it HERE.
Most people like raw vegetables… when they dip them into an unhealthy dip. And while it may be better to eat them that way then not at all, there are healthy dips out there. One that I have tried and love is so simple! All you do is get 1/2 cup of non-fat Greek yogurt and 1 Tablespoon of dry ranch dressing mix and mix them together! That’s it.
I make a protein shake every morning. I usually use frozen fruit, but how easy would it be to throw in some veggies? We all know about adding spinach, which is an awesome veggie, and most people don’t even notice it. I used to do this, but pregnancy with my first child kind of ruined it for me. But, there are so many other vegetables that can be added to protein shakes and smoothies! How about pumpkin? And any type of lettuce… romaine, kale, etc. Then there is the always refreshing cucumber! Yum! If you have a high powered blender (I love my Vitamix!) you can blend it to a very smooth consistency, which makes a big difference! If you are like me and protein shakes or smoothies are your breakfast, how great is it to get a serving or two of veggies right at the beginning of your day?! Win!
Out of all of the foods we eat, vegetables should be at the top of our list of importance. Not only are they low in calories, but they have a ton of nutrients our bodies need to function! It has been proven that eating veggies regularly (3-5 servings a day) can reduce your risk of cancer, Type II diabetes, and many other diseases. So, however you do it, do what your mom always told you to, and eat your veggies!!!
Do you have other ways to prepare your veggies? Please share!!!