6. Get stuffin’
Stuffing vegetables is a great way to give them a really different taste.
Artichokes, tomatoes, mushrooms, and bell peppers are perfect for stuffing – fill them with sautéed onions, garlic, herbs and top with wholegrain bread crumbs and a little cheese.
Alternatively, make up your own recipe with whatever you have in the kitchen.
7. Make a healthy dip
Try blending up a mix of frozen spinach, diced onion, reduced fat sour cream and a tablespoon of lemon juice, then serve with a selection of raw vegetables.
Or try out this asparagus dip recipe from Never Say Diet.
24 spears fresh asparagus, trimmed, coarsely chopped and steamed until tender (5 to 7 minutes)
1/2 cup edamame beans (boiled until tender, about 7 minutes)
1 tablespoon chopped coriander
2 cloves garlic (roasted in toaster oven for 10 minutes)
1 cup reduced fat Greek yoghurt
4 green onions, sliced
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process to desired consistency. Refrigerate for about one hour before serving.
8. Go raw
In my home we eat quite a bit of our veg raw for the simple reason that we prefer it this way. If you haven’t tried more than a raw carrot before, why not give raw veggies a go?
Normally I will make a mini starter of raw veg and we eat that first, then follow with meat and carbs. I usually go for something like baby spinach leaves, raw broccoli, red peppers, tomatoes, raw cauliflower, and green beans. But the options are endless! Serve with a little natural yoghurt for dipping, or a light vinaigrette dressing.
9. Mix fruit with veg
Why not try adding a bit of zesty flavour to your vegetables by throwing in some fruit? Start off with baby spinach leaves, then add orange segments, sliced strawberries and top with some nuts and a raspberry-based vinaigrette.
Or, try this interesting recipe combination from Never Say Diet for grapefruit and avocado salad.
1 cup sliced cucumber
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 large grapefruit, sectioned, reserving juice
1 fully ripened avocado, halved, pitted and sliced
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a small bowl combine the cucumber and onion. In a medium bowl, place 3 tablespoons grapefruit juice with oil, honey and salt. Add cucumber mixture, then add the grapefruit sections and sliced avocado; toss gently.
10. Drink them
If eating cooked or raw vegetables is still proving troublesome for you, why not try juicing them? Do remember however, that no matter how many glasses you drink it will only count for one serving of vegetables per day.
Do you have any tips for making a veggie-hater into a veggie-lover? I’d love to hear your suggestions!
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