Friday, March 29, 2013

My Favorite Vegetables

For a while, I thought veggies were boring and not very good.  Then I realized that there are ways to prepare them other than just steaming them plain, boiling them, or eating them raw, and it opened my eyes to a whole new world of cooking delight.  Lest you think that I'm some kind of veggie monster, I feel that I should let you know that my vegetable intake isn't what it should be.  You see, Michelle Obama (who I kind of wish was my BFF) says that my plate should look like this:























Although it isn't quite this (especially considering I'm mostly vegetarian), there is still some room for improvement. 



















Clearly, there can be some kind of balance.  The first change that I have tried to make, is to stop thinking that my plate actually has to look like the image above.  Just because it's not split apart into little corners, doesn't mean that I'm not eating the vegetables.  Mixing them into already delicious things, like pasta, will definitely help bump up the veggie intake. 

Skinnytaste - Skinny Baked Broccoli Mac and Cheese




















I also try to eat at least one salad a day.  I figure that even if it's on the small side, it's better than nothing.  I usually eat it at lunch and start with it when I get hungry (which seems to be getting earlier and earlier every day...).  I usually just do lettuce/salad mix, carrots, celery, and peppers with dressing, but to make it a full meal, add in some other stuff.  This lovely salad creation is by Milton's Aunt Liz.  The addition of croutons and cheese make it so much better than just lettuce.



























I know that a lot of people are used to eating the same rotation over and over.  I used to do broccoli and green beans all the time, mostly because that is what my mom made us all the time, so that's what I was used to.  While I do like broccoli and green beans, it's nice to change it up.  There are two ways to do this.  Try to find a vegetable you're not familiar with in the grocery store and then do a bit of research and cook it up.  You might find a new favorite (that's what happened to me with kale!).  Or, look up some new ways to cook an old favorite.  Once I started roasting veggies instead of boiling them, I re-invigorated my love of broccoli. 

Kalyn's Kitchen Roasted Green Beans - I haven't tried this yet, but it looks good!




















The Amateur Gourmet - The Best Broccoli - if you've never had roasted broccoli, you are SERIOUSLY missing out.  Do this now.  You'll eat more broccoli than you really considered possible. 

























See?  Look at all these delightful ways to enjoy vegetables.  If you're able, stop by a farm stand and pick up super fresh ones.  Your body and your taste buds will thank you. 

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