We’ve all heard time and time and again that we need to eat more vegetables for good health. And I believe most of us have good intentions to do so, but, let’s face it, they can be pretty bland. If something doesn’t taste good to you, are you likely to eat it? NOT! So, how do you amp up these powerhouses of nutrition to make them taste great? The secret is to add easy, gourmet touches to your vegetable dishes and if you have guests for dinner, they will be very impressed as well. Here are my three favorite add-ins to do this.
- Toasted nuts
Toasted nuts add an amazing flavor to vegetables, both raw and cooked. Two good ones to use are sliced almonds and pine nuts. Both of these are readily available at most grocery stores. You simply toast about 1/3 cup on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes and then sprinkle over the vegetables.
2. Chickpea miso
If you have never tasted this amazing food, you are in for a treat. Miso is a flavoring that is used in Japanese cooking. It is traditionally a paste made from fermented soybeans with the addition of barley or rice malt. It is usually brownish in color and has a salty and tangy flavor. That’s the classic version. I, however, have discovered the amazing tastiness of a not-so-traditional miso that is made of chickpeas and is gluten and soy free. It is so good that sometimes I forgot the vegetables and eat it right out of the jar! This product is typically found in the refrigerated section at health food stores and the brand I recommend is South River. If you cannot find it at your local health food store, then you can get it online, just click HERE. It is so worth it, believe me. This miso will have you wanting to eat your vegetables all of the time!
3. Lemon, fresh minced garlic, and fresh chopped herbs
This is a really easy way to jazz up your vegetables. Just sprinkle a bit of lemon juice (fresh squeezed, please!) with about one clove of minced garlic and a tablespoon of the fresh chopped herb of your choice. Some that work well are dill, basil, and tarragon. Just pick these up in the produce section at the grocery store.
So, go forth and eat more vegetables and if you have any favorite seasonings that you like to use in vegetable dishes, please share in the comments.