Veggie sides - think outside of the box! Vegetables are so yummy - be creative with what to cook and how to cook them. They don't have to be just side dishes, they can be the main dish as well. I cannot think of a single vegetable I won't eat - love them all, and yes, some times they taste better prepared on way than another. Ever have buffalo fried brussel sprouts with blue cheese dressing? Amazing, but deep frying them and dipping them in mayonnaise and cheese (essentially) is not the healthiest preparation. Every time I want my family (or myself) to try a new veggie, I do a recipe search. I look at several recipes and find one that suits the tastes of our family. I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new and different today.
let's talk about reasons to eat your veggies, as if you need a reason!
Here are a few great veggies and the health benefits of eating them.
And here's another great resource citing benefits, tips on including more in your diet, and even some great recipes to try:
Magazine recently released a special issue entitled "What to eat now:
your guide to good, healthy food". I've just started to read through
it, and came across an article from Dr. Mehmet Oz about how we do our
grocery shopping (totally worth the read) and what is worth spending our
money on. In respect to the topic of this post, he spoke about fresh
versus frozen vegetables. Essentially he stated that there is
absolutely nothing wrong with frozen and in most cases, are
nutritionally equal. He mentioned to buy frozen vegetables that were
steamed, not blanched, because some vitamins can be lost in the
blanching process. So save yourself some money, and time in some cases,
and purchase frozen when it makes sense.
conclusion, there is no reason to serve the same old veggies every
night. Spice it up once in a while with experimenting in the kitchen.
Here are a few of these recipes and serving ideas to get you started!
Autumn Vegetable Salad with lentils and arugula! So yummy! Perfect as
a main dish or as a side with a roasted salmon. My picture looks
different then the link because I cubed my vegetables to make it easier
to eat. I also layered the arugula salad on the bottom, lentils on top
of that, and finally the roasted veggie mixture. Can't talk this recipe
up enough!!! Made with butternut squash, carrots, and brussel sprouts,
seasonal in the fall and winter times. Highly recommend!!!
a link to over 10,000 vegetable recipes, including a photo gallery of
some winter vegetable recipes from the Food Network. If you've never
used this site, you can search multiple ingredients to narrow your
search. You can even search according to chef or meal part (side dish,
main dish, etc.).
And finally, a collection of winter vegetable recipes from Cooking Light: