Wednesday 8 April 2015

5 Way of making your Veggies more Interesting

Hey there,
Do any of you struggle to eat your greens and veggies? I mean we all know it’s healthy and we should eat them every day, but argh they just don’t taste as good as pasta and pizza. Personally I do not LOVE the taste of broccoli or carrots or cauliflower – but I have found a few ways to make it easier & tastier to eat your veggies on a daily basis so I thought I would share those with you!

Easiest way to get some extra greens in, is by throwing them in your favourite smoothie. If you have never tried this before you will be really hesitant, but I promise you – you do not taste the hand full of spinach you are adding to your smoothie. Plus it makes your smoothie green which looks pretty cool ;) Little Pro-Tip don’t mix spinach and blueberries it will make your smoothie go a weird-looking brown.
Quick Recipe
1 banana
1 handful of fresh baby spinach
A handful of cut up mango
Almond milk/water/coconut water
Sweetener if needed

Is it just me? Or do veggies magically taste better when they are blended, warmed and in a bowl? All of a sudden I love broccoli soup and can’t get enough of my mum’s carrot & orange soup, even though it’s only veggies & a little seasoning! Having soup for lunch or dinner is obviously more of a winter thing, but hey who says you can’t have some soup in the spring? I don’t have a specific recipe for you, but if I ask my mum really nicely I can probably upload the recipe of my mums Carrot & Orange soup in the near future! (And yes carrot and orange works incredible well together, a must-try)

Oven-bake your veggies! Cut your veggies into pieces, add seasoning, a little olive oil and throw them in the oven. Carrots, peppers, parsnip, zucchini, potato, eggplant, sweet potato, cauliflower – anything works! Get creative and find new favourite. I am sure you will enjoy your veggies a lot more after they have been in the oven for a bit. My personal favourite is zucchini & eggplant.

Add some oil, onion and garlic to the bottom of saucepan and let it sauté a little. Cut up your veggies into smaller pieces and gradually add them to the saucepan until all the veggies are as soft as you would like them. Make sure you add veg that is harder first, and the softer ones last so that they are all roughly the same consistency. Then just add in a tin of tomatoes & spices – you have basically just made “ratatouille”. I love having these kinds of veggies with chicken as you get a sauce with the veggies too, two in one! Who doesn’t like a little extra sauce?

My last tip would be; make a wok dish out of it. Cut your chosen veggies & protein into small pieces and gradually add them into your wok with some oil (if you don’t have a wok, just use a frying-pan, works just as well!). Add spices and herbs to your taste. You could even add some coconut milk or soya sauce, if that’s what you like. Finally you can add in your chosen carb – rice/noodles.  TADA your veggies taste delicious and are part of a nutritious dish.

There you have it, 5 ways of making your veggies more interesting! I hope you found some of these tips useful – give them a try. How do you usually prepare your veggies? Let me know so I can learn from you too. Leave a comment here or on my Instagram @debbieariella – I would love to hear what you have to say. Have a wonderful day.

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