Some people just don’t enjoy vegetables that much, which makes it hard to prioritize including them in every meal. In the name of all things good and healthy, you gotta eat em’. Rather than force-feeding yourself, try these preparation ideas to make something exciting out of your veggies.
Zoodles (zucchini noodles), cauliflower rice instead of rice, spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti. Replacing grains with vegetables means that they soak up all the flavors of whatever you’re serving them with (and you get to eat more carbs elsewhere)!
This trend is so popular that you can buy vegetables cut and prepared for the sole purpose of replacing grains. If you don’t have a local stockist of cauliflower rice, throw it into a food processor or get yourself a vegetable spiralizer!
A fun idea is lettuce leaf tacos or using crisp bell peppers in your bowl of nachos instead of chips!
Finely chop onions, carrots, peppers and fresh herbs and mix them into your ground meat before forming them into burgers. This will add extra flavor to your burger and make your burger appear larger! You might even get an extra burger out of it.
Smoothies and smoothie bowls are all the rage, and for good reason. They are a fun and tasty way to literally eat an entire bowl of fiber. Make them yourself – you’ll even get a great Instagram photo out of it.
Try freezing green apple, kiwi, blueberries, a fistful of spinach and cucumber and then blend them into your desired consistency. Frozen fruit and vegetables work best for consistency. You can add protein powder, too!
Use your favorite sauces, marinades and toppings to bake, sauté or dip your vegetables.
Try shredded chicken in a baking dish with chopped mushrooms, onions, carrots and whatever else you can find that’s in season! Pour marinara, light alfredo sauce, salsa or sprinkle a mix of full and low fat cheese on top. Bake for 20-30 minutes! Try the same thing with Asian style sauces like teriyaki.
Cut meat and vegetables and place them on a skewer. For every chunk of meat, slide two or three vegetables on and season with garlic, paprika, salt and pepper. Cook on the barbecue, drizzle with a little yogurt dressing and you’ve got a delicious, more enticing way to enjoy a vegetable a day.
Make a delicious stew or curry with your favorite meat and all the vegetables you can find. It’s as simple as putting them in a crock-pot, set and forget. When you walk back in your door the smell of slow cooked meat and vegetables will be irresistible!
Hollow out bell peppers, whole onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes or butternut squash and stuff chopped ham, beef, chicken or low fat cheese inside and bake!
Try the Cheesy Chipotle Peppers from the photo above: Preheat your oven to 350 F, slice the tops off some mini bell peppers and stuff with cheese and chipotle to taste. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Everyone loves cake! Make your treats double as your vegetable intake!
Grate up a zucchini and make our muffins or chocolate cupcakes.
Open a can of black beans and make our 5 Step Black Bean Brownie.
Don’t restrict pumpkin pie for the Holiday season; make our macro friendly Pumpkin Pie for dessert!
Eat your vegetables, kids! Hey, with these recipes they might even become your most-loved food group.