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We all know how important it is to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and while fruit is pretty easy to love, veggies can be a little...boring. Especially when you try to prepare them in a healthy way, without cheese or butter. I admit I usually lightly steam vegetables and leave it at that, but I've found my family is much more likely to eat them when I put a little thought into the preparation.

Acid (especially citrus) is a great way to balance the sweet and earthy flavors of vegetables like spinach, broccoli and asparagus. I like to squeeze a little lemon over them and garnish them with grated lemon zest. Cucumbers and vinegar are a classic for good reason. I like mine with freshly ground black pepper.

Roasting also brings out the flavors of vegetables. Cut a head of cauliflower into eight wedges, brush it with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast at 450 degrees on a metal baking sheet, turning once, until both sides are golden brown. I eat this stuff like popcorn, it's that good. And speaking of crispy, salty vegetable goodness, try kale chips. I like Smitten Kitchen's recipe: tear kale into smallish pieces (not too small because it shrinks down a lot), toss with a tablespoon of olive oil and a bit of salt, and bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes until they are crisp. I LOVE these things and I think my family does too...I say "think" because often they never actually find out I've made them since they are long gone before they get home.

I also am addicted to sauteed Brussels sprouts. I do these a couple of dfferent ways: either I cook a couple slices of bacon, remove them from the pan, and then cook halved Brussels sprouts in the drippings until browned and lovely (then crumble the bacon over before serving), or I replace the bacon with garlic and olive oil if I am feeling virtuous. Either way, they're SO GOOD.

Sometimes I'll sprinkle a spice blend over the veggie of the day. Penzey's makes one called Mural of Flavor which is delicious; if you can't find that, try Mrs. Dash. Both are herby and lemony and so good on just about anything. You can literally follow your nose; if a spice smells good with a vegetable, it's going to taste good with it too.

How do you spice up your vegetables?

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by on Apr. 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Replies (31-37):
celestegood
by Bronze Member on Apr. 12, 2013 at 12:35 AM
NOM. I love garlic.

Quoting la_bella_vita:

 We roast them. So delicious!!


Add garlic

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la_bella_vita
by Bronze Member on Apr. 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM
1 mom liked this

 Me too : )

Quoting celestegood:

NOM. I love garlic.

Quoting la_bella_vita:

 We roast them. So delicious!!


Add garlic

 

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Apr. 12, 2013 at 2:24 PM

I love roasted veggies (and kale!)  I like raw veggies at times.  I like them steamed, with salt and maybe a little garlic.  Veggies are good on their own once a person gets away from having to have sauce or added stuff for flavor.

celestegood
by Bronze Member on Apr. 12, 2013 at 2:42 PM
I wish dh did though. He hates garlic and when I eat it, he complains that I smell like garlic.

Quoting la_bella_vita:

 Me too : )


Quoting celestegood:

NOM. I love garlic.


Quoting la_bella_vita:


 We roast them. So delicious!!



Add garlic


 

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la_bella_vita
by Bronze Member on Apr. 12, 2013 at 2:52 PM

 My DH loves garlic and so do the kids, lol.

Quoting celestegood:

I wish dh did though. He hates garlic and when I eat it, he complains that I smell like garlic.

Quoting la_bella_vita:

 Me too : )


Quoting celestegood:

NOM. I love garlic.


Quoting la_bella_vita:


 We roast them. So delicious!!



Add garlic


 

 

celestegood
by Bronze Member on Apr. 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM
You are so lucky!!!

Quoting la_bella_vita:

 My DH loves garlic and so do the kids, lol.


Quoting celestegood:

I wish dh did though. He hates garlic and when I eat it, he complains that I smell like garlic.


Quoting la_bella_vita:


 Me too : )



Quoting celestegood:

NOM. I love garlic.



Quoting la_bella_vita:



 We roast them. So delicious!!




Add garlic



 


 

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emilyrosenj
by Margaret on Apr. 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

We make mashed cauliflower, for brussel sprouts I like to shake them in olive oil and sea salt and roast them in the oven.

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