If the sight of a plateful of vegetables makes you squeamish, then you most definitely need to read on!
World Health Organization (WHO) recommends daily intake of five servings of fruit and vegetable every day. Vegetables provide us with important nutrients which our crucial for good health and well-being. As natural whole foods, they are an essential part of our diet and necessary element of every balanced meal. Each vegetable or fruit has specific nutrients that helps us stay healthy, protect us from diseases and even help in management of some diseases. This is true for all vegetables, including the ones that seem boring or unappetizing.
For those of you who are exceedingly fussy about your veggies, this is a guide on how you can #LearnToLove these vegetables. If you're convinced that you do not like vegetables and fail to get enough daily, here’s the good news - there are innumerable ways to cook vegetables and make them tasty. Different methods of cooking, seasoning with various herbs and spices, juicing vegetables - all provide infinite options that you can try in your quest to stay healthy.
Let’s make boring food – fun!
Here’s how you can make the most boring food fun, exciting and appealing!
- Add some acidity: Squeeze generous amounts of lime over your vegetables. Lime adds a zesty surprise to vegetables like carrots, spinach and broccoli.
- Experiment with herbs and spices: Infuse your veggies with aromatic herbs. The right seasoning can make all vegetables tasty!
- Pair vegetables with dips: Dip raw, bite-sized vegetables into a nutrient-rich, lusciously creamy dips to have as snacks. You can make simple delicious dips such as hummus and sour cream. By pairing them with something more palatable, you can easily work your way through a bowlful of vegetables.
- Drink Them: Juice an array of vegetables together for a wholesome and delicious drink! Complementing flavours such as beet, carrot and apples, juiced together and seasoned with some salt and stevia, can be a tasty drink at any time of the day
- Stuffed vegetables: Sauté onions, cottage cheese, corn and garlic in olive oil. Stuff this mixture in vegetables such as bell peppers. Sprinkle with cheese and breadcrumbs bake. If you are looking for Indian options, there are many Indian recipes such as bharwa karela and muli ke kofte that use this technique to infuse flavour and excitement in these infamous vegetables.
- Replicate flavours: Think about the foods that you enjoy the most. What seasonings do you absolutely love? If you’re a fan of Mexican cuisine, use tabasco, cayenne, cumin and coriander. Imitate Chinese flavours by including sauces such as soy, chilli, oyster, etc. to make your boring vegetables drool worthy. And for those who crave desi flavours, literally the sky’s the limit!
- Soups: Soups are the easiest, versatile and fail-safe way to incorporate loads of vegetables into your diet. They can be paired with more palatable vegetables, delicious stock and herbs to make a concoction that is likeable. Paired with some fresh and warm bread, soup is the most comforting food for evening hunger pangs.
4 to ways make classic Indian vegetables interesting!
- Cauliflower and cheese sauce: This really easy and hearty recipe will have you reaching out for a second serving of vegetables. A starter, a side, or your main - whichever way you prefer it. A delicious cheese sauce and sliced cauliflower married with delectable herbs and pepper - make this dish super satisfying!
- Gajjar aur lauki ke pakode: These gorgeous fritters need very few ingredients – carrots, lauki (bottle gourd) (lauki), besan and seasoning. Really, that’s all you need to make these fritters. This recipe is super low fuss and you are bound to like the plain ol’ lauki in this form. Use Tata Sampann Pakoda Mix to make these pakode in a jiffy.
- Masala karela: The bitter gourd is low on the list of favourite vegetables of even the most health-conscious people. However, this recipe jazzes up the karela and how! Scrape off the skin of karela and marinate in salt for half an hour. Make a delicious masala using coriander seeds, cumin, saunf (fennel), amchur (dry mango powder), ginger and garlic paste, red chilli powder, and jaggery to stuff into the karela. Cook and roast the stuffed karela pieces to transform this bitter gourd appreciably.
- Roasted broccoli with parmesan: Roast broccoli with generous helping of garlic and olive oil. Once roasted properly, liberally sprinkle parmesan cheese. Serve as a side dish to a pasta or a baked dish.
Having vegetables in your diet is an absolute must. If you don’t like eating vegetables, try some of these ways to #LearnToLove them. Before you know it, you'll find yourself experimenting with new vegetables with brand-new ideas and skills! It is totally possible to enjoy flavourful and filling vegetable dishes every day of the week. Be sure to pick the right tools and pure herbs and spices to add taste to your food and try new recipes till you find the perfect one that works for you.
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