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Five ways to make veggies mouth-watering

Five ways to make veggies mouth-watering
September 09
10:43 2014

Vegetables are powerhouse of nutrients and rich in minerals, vitamins, iron, and what not. All in all they have numerous health benefits. But they fail to provide a nice treat to your taste buds. Including veggies in meals can be extremely daunting, if you have kids. Kids just hate vegetables and are always ready with an excuse to avoid them from their meals. In such instances, it becomes extremely important that you make vegetables in a way that they become irresistible and your kids eat them happily.

Here are few ways that you can use to make veggies tempting:
  1. Use butter: you can give a nice taste to steamed vegetables by adding 1 tsp whipped butter (as compared to stick butter it has lesser calories) along with a pinch of salt and pepper. It may sound simple, but the taste it will add will be exceptional. You can also add parmesan cheese which will work exceptionally well for kids as well. A study found that adding cheese to vegetables for some days assisted children to like the taste of plain veggies.
  2. Roast your veggies: Roasting can best help you bring out the flavors of veggies especially eggplant, cauliflower, carrots etc. Even the method is very simple. Take a baking sheet, coat it with oil, place sliced vegetables in a single layer.  Spray little more oil and add seasonings like salt, ground black pepper and balsamic vinegar. Roast at 450°F until they start to caramelize, 20-30 minutes.
  3. Dip your veggies: It is ok to experiment with your food. Try to serve finely sliced vegetables with a light dip. You can use vegetables like: carrots, bell pepper, grape tomatoes, peas, and celery sticks
  4. Make hot soups: Make soups like cauliflower or broccoli. Simply boil vegetables in low chicken broth or vegetable stew until soften; add your favorite seasonings, then pureeing until smooth.  You can use a blender.
  5. Sneak in veggies: Mix finely chopped or grated vegetables in sandwiches, burgers, meatballs etc. you can also make mashed potatoes using half steamed mashed cauliflower and half potatoes.
  6. Shop wisely: When going for grocery or vegetable shopping, try picking veggies of the season. By eating seasonal items, you can not only enjoy a nice taste but you will get higher nutritional values. You can also go for frozen options in veggies.

They are as good as their fresh alternatives as they are chosen at the peak of ripeness and are frozen to store the goodness. You can also try preserving veggies on your own. You can easily stock peas, raw mangoes etc. Now, veggies in ready to use form are also available. Ready-to-go veggies not only serve as an easy ingredient for the dinner but will inspire you to increase its consumption. Once the package has been opened, trimmed vegetables can spoil quicker than whole versions.

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