Can you? Is it possible? Some of you are nodding enthusiastically – you’ve learned the secrets and have learned to love their flavor as is as well. Not everyone loves the veggies though but if you’re determined to try you’ll be surprised how little time it takes to learn to like them.
Whether you already love them or are just planning to – here are some tips on how to make vegetables taste good:
How to make vegetables taste good
You may have noticed that the slogan of my blog is “Focus on health, the weight loss will follow”. Eating a lot of vegetables is where it all begins, it is so important to your health. I haven’t always liked vegetables: in fact, I was an adult before I learned to appreciate onions and bell peppers! And it’s not that easy to try new things, if you’re a picky eater like I’ve always been. But if I can do it then so can you.
1. Use olive oil or butter to soften the flavor
Whether you’re cooking your vegetables or eating them raw, olive oil is essential. That’s what you start with. Not only will the oil make them tastier it will also help some of the vitamins absorb.
2. Season your vegetables with your favorite spices
There are a lot of people out there who do not season their vegetables. And that’s perfectly fine if that’s how you like them. But take a salad for example: you might add some olive oil but go ahead and pour some vinegar and add a little bit of salt and pepper as well – it will make such a difference to the flavor of the salad.
You probably have a favorite seasoning mix to your chicken – use that same mix to season your vegetables!
3. Buy vegetables that are local and in season
They’ll be fresh and taste so much better to start with than the imported ones.
4. Make salsa
Making salsa is a great way to use your garden tomatoes and it works in two ways: You’ll be eating vegetables in the form of salsa and you can use salsa to make other vegetables taste good as well. Brilliant!
Use different kinds of tomatoes and then add (bell) peppers and onions. You can also flavor the salsa with celery or cilantro if you want.
5. Use herbs with your vegetables
Herbs are both delicious and healthy. Go ahead and add some rosemary to your roasted vegetables or basil to your salad.
Learn more on how to pair herbs and vegetables.
6. Try lemon juice and wine with your vegetables
Try new things: Squeeze some lemon juice on your asparagus or sauté your spinach in white wine.
7. Use dips with vegetable sticks!
Dips are a great way to eat raw vegetables when you want to nibble on something while watching a movie. I like to use sour cream but you can make tomato or chili based dips as well as mayonnaise or hummus.
It’s always best to make your own seasoning and dips, you’ll always know exactly what’s in them – not too much salt or sugar!
Want to try something new? Try these dips.
8. Make soups
Eating soups are a great way to add vegetables to your diet and make them taste good. And they can be such comfort food as well!
9. Stuff the vegetables
Stuffed vegetables make a great meal. You can use vegetables such as zucchini, bell pepper, tomatoes or eggplant.
10. Add cheese, bacon or cream
I love adding cheese: Parmesan, mozzarella and goat’s cheese are the ones I usually go for. Brussels sprouts with bacon and kale or spinach with cream will certainly make you want to eat the veggies too.
11. Roast them, grill them, bake them, wok them…
The worst thing you can do is make your vegetables boring. Try different methods of cooking them!
Grilled vegetables are so amazingly good and when you throw them in the wok with everything else you won’t even notice you’re eating vegetables because they are so tasty.
If you’ve read my blog before you know by now that I love roast vegetables. I’ll eat them with anything, they are so easy and delicious. And you can use pretty much any vegetables that you have in the fridge. Just cut them, put them in a bowl, add some olive oil, season them with salt and pepper and pour them on a baking tray. And on in the oven they go. Take out when they are as soft or roasted as you like. Eeeeeasyyyyy.
12. Marinate vegetables
This is a great tip for barbecue. You marinate your meat, why wouldn’t you marinate your vegetables as well?
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Have fun and enjoy! 🙂