Believe it or not, I have patients who come to me saying they don’t eat vegetables.
Don’t eat vegetables?? But they’re the most important component of a healthy diet!
I find a lot of people have bad memories of boiled-to-death army green broccoli spears that slid off their forks when they tried to pick them up sometime back in grade school.
You know what is delicious?
- A fresh, crunchy salad of shaved vegetables in a light lemon vinaigrette
- Crunchy roasted cauliflower with a touch of char and a flavor reminiscent of popcorn
- Grilled zucchini simply seasoned and tossed in a basil pistou
Today we’re talking about some methods of preparing vegetables that will make you rethink what it means to eat healthy.
Spiralizing or shaving – A mandolin slicer or a spiralizer can be an excellent tool for making creative fresh salads with raw vegetables. A mandolin will make thin slices out of any vegetable that enables you to easily spear with a fork and chew vegetables like celery, radishes, and carrots that once were just a pain when incorporated in salads. A spiralizer will turn vegetables into curly noodles that can be made into salads or subbed into dishes where you would traditionally use pasta for a lighter dish with even higher nutrient content.
Roasting – Roasting is the #1 recommendation I have for vegetable haters, or even for vegetable lovers who don’t know about the magic that happens when you cook veggies at high heat. The natural sugars in the vegetable will caramelize, leaving it crunchy and with a more complex flavor. Simple seasonings like salt, pepper, and garlic powder along with a scant drizzle or a spray of olive or canola oil are all you need.
Grilling – Grilled vegetables are a perennial favorite, but can be a bit of a pain without the right equipment. My favorite tool for the job is a grill basket, which here in Texas can be purchased at just about any grocery store come summertime. ANY vegetable can be grilled. Stop by the local farm stand and grab whatever looks good – corn, onions, squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, it will all be delicious!
Eat them raw – Often we think of raw vegetables as being a side for chicken wings and not much else. In reality, you can class up your raw veggies enough to add them to the dinner table at a fancy party! Keeping your vegetables raw will maintain that delicious crunch that is characteristic of garden-fresh summertime veggies.