We all know the importance of eating more green vegetables but may run out of ideas to add them to your plate. However, there are other options to use these healthy veggies while you cook or bake.
There are two different techniques to use vegetables in a pasta dish:
Cook regular pasta and simply add healthy vegetables to it.
The most popular options include tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. You can use them raw or steam them. Another option is to sauté them in healthy oils.
Make your pasta noodles out of vegetables
A spiralizer can help you make thin strips out of zucchini or eggplant. You can also use this technique to make noodles out of sweet potatoes or carrots. Another option is to cut thin slices or strips with a knife.
Soups, sauces, and dressings
A lot of the time, picky eaters or children refuse to eat whole or raw veggies. You’ll need a blender or mixer to puree the veggies( tomatoes, squash, carrots, onions, potatoes, turnips, parsnips, broccoli, cauliflower, and others) to hide them in sauces.
You can hide vegetables inside meatballs, too! Whether you stick to a completely vegetarian recipe or use meat, you can add green, healthy vegetables to meatballs.
Add them to the mix before cooking. You can puree the veggies, so they’re easier to mix. Once they’re cooked, it’s usually impossible to see or taste the veggies.
Vegetables as wraps and sandwich bases
If you’re trying to reduce carbohydrates or are simply tired of eating bread, you can switch to green vegetables as your base.
Use lettuce as a wrap for a different take on a taco or a thick leaf of lettuce or kale instead of the usual bread for a sandwich. You can stack your veg toppings (tomatoes, cheese, meat, and others).
Consider adding veggies to leftover rice, noodles, or other items to make it more flavorsome.
Blends/smoothies also give you the option of hiding them amid other flavors. Mix veggies with fruits in your smoothies for a variety of tastes.
Kale, lettuce, spinach, and other green veggies go well with bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and apples. The taste will be worth it. Add a little yogurt or nuts for protein.
If you’re struggling to eat salads, consider using vegetables in new ways. Your health and taste buds will both benefit!
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