Tips to Hide Vegetables in Recipes

>> Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Though some vegetables can be good, the craving for them is not always there. It's important to get a dose of veggies in each day, but it can be hard. There are some ways to add vegetables to your diet without sitting and eating raw vegetables and salads. Here are some tips to add the good stuff to your diet.

Use Your Blender
When making a fruit smoothie, add some greens. The sugar in the other fruits will help with flavor. Tomatoes are high in lycopene and other good vitamins, but eating raw tomatoes can get boring. Though they are technically a fruit, they're an essential part of eating healthy. If you don't like raw chunks of tomato, throw them in your blender with onions, carrots, and garlic. It's a great way to make sauce. When you puree them, you get the flavor without any large pieces. 

Get Creative With Regular Recipes
Add veggies to recipes you already know and love. Here's an example of chicken noodle soup that has lots of healthy vegetables.
You'll need the following items:

  • 2 Tbsp oil to sauté vegetables
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 2-3 boneless chicken breasts, cooked
  • 1 package chicken broth
  • 8 oz. spaghetti

Cook chicken and sauté vegetables in oil. Once sautéed, place them in a blender and puree. Add all materials together once the noodles have cooked. The pureed vegetables are a part of the tasty soup instead of their own separate crunchy bland entity.

Add Extras
Broccoli, cauliflower, and cooked carrots may taste better with melted cheese. Or, have Ranch dressing on-hand for dipping. When roasting asparagus, add salt and garlic or hollandaise sauce. In salads, add nuts, chickpeas, feta cheese, or a zesty dressing. This will help add flavor.

These quick tricks will have you eating your vegetables in no time!


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