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How to Make Veggies Taste Good

springcleanlogo5On my way to the farmers’ market this morning, I asked a colleague if he was headed there too.  “No, it’s too green for me.  I’ll wait for the corn.” 

I know that’s the way a lot of people feel.  Heck, I used to feel that way myself.  When my mother asked us kids what vegetable we wanted for dinner, I always hollared out CORN.  My loud, quick, standard response annoyed my sister, now a vegetarian, because she wanted to eat different kinds of vegetables.   Not me!  She was a budding vegetarian way back then and I was a full blown carnivore.  I’ve since learned to like vegbetables.  If you don’t like vegetables, there’s hope.  But you’ll need some help. 

I’ve got two suggestions that can change the way you look at fruits and vegetables.

  1. The Produce for Better Health Foundation has listed their “Top 10 Healthy Ways to Cook Fruits & Vegetables.” The list is fabulous, not the usual boring suggestions. 
  2. In the Fruit & Vegetable Video Center on the same site, Michael Marks, The Produce Man, stars in 101 wonderful, short videos.  He shows you how to shop for produce, prepare it, and make it taste great – all in less than a minute per video.  He’s funny too.  He also provides recipes and other tips.  Check out these super short videos.  You can watch  a handful on your break. 

Do you like veggies?  Why?  Why not?  Any yummy veggie tips to share at the comment link below? 

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  1. Deena says:

    I LOVE my veggies! There are very few I don’t like-green peppers and radishes…I love to roast them It carmelizes the sugars and makes any veg taste great. All you do is toss chopped veggies in a little olive oil, spread in a shallow pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast at 400 until tender and browned. Leftovers are good in salads, tacos, sandwiches…

  2. Deena – great idea to put roasted veggies on sandwiches. You’re so good about finding ways to eat leftovers.

  3. Deena says:

    It’s because I cook in big batches. If I am goning to bake potatoes, I bake 5 lbs, If I am going to eat chicken I buy the biggest local one I can find, etc. Then I have leftovers to have for lunch and build a mean around. It helps me eat healthy on those nights I am tired and don’t feel like cooking.

  4. I should do an interview with you about how you “reuse” these in interesting leftovers that don’t make you feel like you’re eating the same thing day after day. Interested?

  5. Deena says:

    sure! That would be fun! My most common big batches are beef or pork roast, chicken and baked potatoes, oh and blak beans.

  6. vicki douglas says:

    My stretching instructor gave us a great smoothie which really packs the greens in.
    Take one cup of packed greens, any leafy greens, a cup of water, then fruit, any kind that you want. I add flax seed oil and a scoop of soy or protein powder if you want. Mix in a blender. It is an unusual green color and may be an acquired taste but very filling and quite delicious.
    I usually do half of this for lunch.
    Vicki

  7. cheryl says:

    Yay Vicki – you were finally able to post :)

    I make a smoothie much like this. You’re right on – an acquired taste, delicious, packs in the nutrients. I often add almond milk too for extra nutrients and protein.

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