With spring and gardening right around the corner, let's talk about vegetables. I love fresh veggies. Here are a few ways I've added them to my families menu lately.
This. is. the. bomb. dot. com.
Meet the Veggetti.
Zoodles, Squoodles, Cucumboodles... You name it. If you can twist it inside of this contraption, then you can get healthy noodle like spirals. A-Maze-Ing!
Wash your vegetables. I used zucchini and summer squash for this recipe. Twist the veggie inside the spiral maker. The Veggetti comes with a top that is supposed to help twist the remaining end piece but I found that using a fork worked better.
Do NOT stick your fingers inside to pick out tiny pieces of vegetable. It will cut you! And how do I know this? Let's just say experience is the best teacher. Rinse the spiral maker under water and use a toothbrush to clean it.
I picked mine up at Walmart but I've seen them several other places.
The noodles are so good stir fried in olive oil. Add some garlic and onion if you like. I added a can of chopped clams to these. Yum!
Another vegetable that is now a staple in my house is cauliflower.
I love it drizzled with olive oil, salt and roasted. But my favorite way to have it is- cauliflower rice. You can use a grater like this. It's a little time consuming but possible.
Or you can put it in the blender. Pulse it a few times and you have cauli-rice. Stir fry the rice and add whatever you like. The texture is so much like real rice... it makes me happy!
I love my Ninja blender. It's a great blender and it's not expensive.
Also steaming the cauliflower first and then blending, you can make wonderful faux mashed potatoes.
Add some garlic and cheese..... oh my!
I use a sprayer for my olive oil. It helps to distribute the oil more evenly on my veggies plus I use less. It's a good thing!
Stir fried broccoli with garlic and shrimp. This dish is one of my families favorites. I usually serve this with baked salmon.
Roasted veggies are great when you have the munchies.
Roasted brussel sprouts actually taste sweet.
Roasted broccoli, carrots and cauliflower make a great side dish.
(pictures from my phone)
What's in your popcorn bowl? Spread Kale on a roasting sheet and lightly spray with olive oil. Make sure you do one layer at the time or your kale will steam instead. It's worth making a few single layer batches. Roast on 400 for 15 minutes. Salt and eat. It reminds me of how potato chips crunch in your mouth... surprisingly good.
I recently discovered coconut oil. I found this at Aldi. It smells and tastes amazing. There is so much good in coconut oil. You can read about it here.
When I crave something sweet, I drizzle coconut oil over sweet potatoes and roast.
This. taste. like. candy.
Instead of a resolution to lose weight etc... I've decided to just eat a more healthful diet. Eating more vegetables is a big part of it.
Do you have an tips on how to eat more vegetables?
I hope you were inspired!
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