Recently, I had another question from one of my readers saying she simply cannot get her husband to eat vegetables. Apparently he tells her when she makes them taste good then he’ll eat them! So, she’s wanting to know how to make vegetables taste good, if it’s even possible.
Well, it is possible. I’ve dealt a little with this subject in the past, and it seems quite a few people don’t like vegetables.
So, what can you do if you want to be healthy, but vegetables simply aren’t your thing?
10 ways to make vegetables taste better…
1. Pack in the flavour
Just because vegetables are healthy doesn’t mean they have to taste bland. Add extra flavour to them with a little pepper, garlic powder, herbs, spices, or citrus juices.
For example, a light squeeze of lemon or lime juice after you steam your vegetables can add a nice surprise. Or, try sautéing them with herbs, olive oil, and garlic.
You could also add dried or fresh spices, such as jalapeño peppers for a spicy alternative.
2. Don’t overcook
There’s nothing worse (in my opinion at least) than overcooked, soggy veggies – yuk!
Remember, you only need to cook them for a short time. This not only helps to maintain the majority of the nutrients, but most vegetables taste better when they have a little bite.
No one wants to eat something that’s been slopped on the plate like a dog’s dinner! Instead, try to think of how your dinner will look in advance, and then choose vegetables which will enhance the look e.g. lots of bright colours/textures etc.
Think broccoli with chicken. Stir-fry vegetables with white fish. Green beans with salmon, and so on.
4. Be sneaky!
If you don’t like large chunks of vegetables in your food, try grating or puréeing them into soups, casseroles, curries, and pastas dishes – this can be a great way to mask the flavour and texture.
5. Vary your cooking method
Whatever cooking method you choose – grilling, roasting, boiling, steaming, BBQ-ing – it will create different flavours in the end result. So, if one method of cooking doesn’t do it for you, try something else.
How about grilled zucchini, BBQ-ed red pepper, or roasted pumpkin?
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