5 ways to cook vegetables

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We dreaded eating them as kids. We would feed them to the dog under the table or shove them on someone else’s plate while they weren’t looking—our swiftest magic trick. To this day they aren’t our favorite. We just tolerate them because we’re wiser now. We understand the positive impact they have on our health as we grow older.

Vegetables. Eating them doesn’t have to feel like a chore from your childhood. They are actually exceptionally delicious when prepared right. Consider these five methods of cooking vegetables when preparing your next meal.

Bake
• Baking is a magical method of cooking because you can transform vegetables into healthy, tasty desserts.
• Bake a sweet potato until it’s soft, replace the core with nuts and fruit, then drizzle a little honey for a delightful treat.
• If you’re bored with your usual potato recipe, try baked sweet potato fries. Once they’re out of the oven, add a dash of sea salt and pepper.

Boil
• Boiling is perhaps the simplest method of preparing vegetables because it’s convenient and quick. All you need is a cooking pot and water. You might lose some flavor and nutrients if you boil your vegetables too long, so keep an eye on your pot. Boiling time will depend on the vegetable. If you’re unsure, it’s best to cook them with medium heat and check their texture every five minutes.
• Boil a chopped butternut squash until it’s soft. Use olive oil, sea salt and pepper to add flavor.
• To add a spin to typical mashed potatoes: Boil turnips and potatoes, mash them together, then add your favorite seasoning.

Steam
• If you like your vegetables soft with a lot of flavor, steaming is the method for you. You can buy a special steaming appliance, or you can use a pot with boiling water and a steaming basket. Like boiling, use medium heat and check for the appropriate softness every five minutes if you’re unsure how long to steam your vegetables.
• Steam artichokes for about an hour. The soft flavor-filled leaves will be perfect for dipping into your favorite sauce.
• Steam cabbage until it’s soft, then season with olive oil, caraway seed, salt and pepper.

Sauté/Stir-fry
• Sautéing or stir-frying is cooking vegetables over high heat and stirring them frequently. Constant stirring keeps them from burning. The high heat cooks them quickly, minimizing the amount of lost nutrients. Use oil or a sauce to assist stirring and add flavor.
• Stir-fry zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms and an assortment of peppers with olive oil. When soft, add your favorite taco salsa and serve on a corn tortilla.
• Spinach is quite delicious when sautéed with onion, garlic and olive oil.

Grill
• Grilling isn’t just for meat lovers. Grilling gives vegetables that unmatched taste that can’t be achieved with other methods. Just like meat, you’ll have a prep stage to season your vegetables before laying them on the grill. This is not as convenient as the other methods, but the extra effort is definitely worth it.
• For the perfect summer kabobs, grill mushrooms, bell peppers and onions with pineapple and your favorite meat.
• If you like a green mix, grill asparagus and mixed greens. Once they’re off the grill, add toasted nuts and a sweet dressing.

Fear no more, your family doesn’t have to dread eating vegetables anymore. Now here’s a challenge: Introduce one of these dishes to your family during your next meal. Watch their faces glow as their taste buds ignite like never before.

Here’s something to remember: Preparing enjoyable vegetables takes skill and time. Your discovery shouldn’t stop here. Search the internet for tips and tricks and read recipe books for dishes to experiment with.
 

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