2.26.2014

Easy Veggies





I'm the first to admit I'm no chef, heck I'm barely a cook. In fact until about 4 years ago I couldn't boil an egg much less cook veggies. The desire to get healthy is what forced me into the kitchen and all I can say is thank God for the internet.  It takes practice, you may make something that tastes horrible, but keep trying it! I've put together a list of my early go to favorites for some of you newbies, these are easy and simple ways to cook your veggies. 

I've expanded my culinary skills a bit, but if you have a favorite go to EASY recipe please share it below! 

Broccoli: My absolute favorite veggie to eat and cook because it’s so easy and has great texture.
·         Boiled with whole wheat pasta – You boil your pasta normally then the last 2 minutes you add your cut up broccoli. Drain and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and parm cheese. {I also really really love it with Asiago Cheese for a little more flavor}
·         Added to almost any kind of stir fry
·         Roasted – here is my favorite recipe




Cauliflower
·         Roasted – Cut it up and shake it up in a bag with some olive oil and garlic, put in a dish with some salt and pepper at 450 for 25 minutes, top with parm cheese and broil for 3 minutes.

Squash/Zucchini
·         One of my go-to recipes 
·         Sauteed: Slice them up very thin and sauté with onion in olive oil then season with salt and pepper
               

Asparagus
·         Cut off the bottom inch or so, spread out on a baking sheet, drizzle lots of olive oil on them, add salt and pepper, 425 for 10 minutes

Avocado
·         Love it on wheat toast or on sandwiches
·         Easy Fajita bowls 

Brussel Sprouts
·         Cut up and seasoned with salt and pepper, boil half a cup of water with a little olive oil in a sauce pan, throw them in cover and cook for 10 minutes. Lemon juice is good on them too!




Mixed Veggies: Here are a few of my favorite recipes using different types of veggies.



13 comments :

  1. Love. All. The. Veggies!!! Definitely trying those zucchini boats!

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  2. Also grilled asparagus- same seasoning as broiled. We've made it for company and they just can't believe how yummy it is!

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  3. Love these tips. If I'm in a pinch too, I get those ziploc steamer bags. Then I can fill them with whatever veggies I have on hand, season with whatever I am in the mood for and throw them in the microwave.

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  4. I love to sautee asparagus and mushrooms together. We just add some olive oil, garlic pepper, and lawreys seasoning salt to taste and it's soooo yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipes!

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  5. Thanks for the ideas! I always make the same "boring" as my kids say, veggies I'm definitely going to try some of these! I made the roasted asparagus on Monday night. I topped it with parm cheese :)

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  6. Thank God for the internet, and you Meg :) Loved this post!

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  7. Love these ideas! Also adding fresh orange juice from an orange to the Brussels sprouts is amazing. Seriously amazing! Artichokes are super easy as well and always a fall back for me. I just boil them and eat them. Yum!

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  8. When I met my husband the only things green he ate were salad and green beans from a can. That's it. Now, it is rare that he turns down a veggie. It's all in the way its prepared for him (okay, I guess me, too). I need to learn to cook (and like) swiss chard, beets, and some other things in my produce section that I contemplate buying each time I am there. . . Thanks for sharing your recipes!

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  9. Add a little balsamic vinegar with the olive oil when you are cooking your asparagus in the oven.... yum yum yum!!!

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  10. We love to put broccoli on the grill when we grill anything. Just cut up fresh broccoli off the head add some olive oil and seasoning, we use Traeger brand, wrap it up in foil and put it on the grill for 30 to 45 minutes.

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    1. We do that with many other vegetables as well; zucchini, squash, onions, peppers, carrots, cauliflower....

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