It might sound daunting or like a lot of work to try and add more vegetables into your diet, but it doesn’t have to be.
I am willing to spend a little more time cooking the main dish for our meals at home, so I’ve found that I’m more likely to eat vegetables if I keep it simple. Here are some tips to serving vegetables with ease:
- Keep it fresh. Rinse and cut up some fresh vegetables that can be served plain. I especially love this for my kids; the bright colors are inviting and they make for easy finger foods. Serving them plain is also a great way to help kids appreciate the unique flavors of each vegetable. Cut up vegetables are also convenient to pack for on-the-go meals. Left overs can be saved to throw in a salad the next day. Some vegetables this works well with include: carrot; cucumber; broccoli florets; bell pepper; radish; sugar snap peas; cauliflower; celery; mushrooms; tomato (always cut up foods that are small and slippery like grape tomatoes as they pose a choking hazard for kids younger than 4 years of age).
- Blanch or steam. After you learn to blanch and steam vegetables, you will find that it’s not as time consuming as you may have thought. After getting water to a rolling boil toss your fresh vegetables in for about 3 minutes and then drain; this retains some of the crunch in your vegetables. When steaming, just place vegetables in a steamer basket above boiling water (do not immerse the vegetables in the water) and cover with a lid. Most vegetables are done steaming after 3-5 minutes. Since you don’t put the vegetables in the water it preserves their nutrients.
- Stock up on frozen vegetables. When you are pinched for time just throw some frozen vegetables in the microwave. I especially like the steamer bags because you put the whole bag in the microwave and after about 4-5 minutes you have a family sized serving of vegetables.