Whether you’re planning meals for the week or deciding at the last minute what to make for dinner, it’s important to incorporate a daily dose of vegetables. If you can’t decide which vegetables to make or how to make them, here are ways to spice up (literally) your veggies.
1. Roast them
One great way to make a veggie delicious is to pop it in the oven with some olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. This is a fan favorite on brussels sprouts, asparagus and broccoli. If you’re feeling adventurous, add a splash of balsamic vinegar.
2. Grill them
With summer approaching, it’s the perfect time to light up the charcoal or turn on the propane. Grilling your vegetables can give them a nice charred appearance and a smoky taste. Try throwing some summer squash or asparagus on the grill with a little oil and salt and pepper. If you’re looking for more flavor, marinate them in Italian dressing or add spices like garlic powder, onion powder or paprika. Kebabs are another great way to get some grilled veggies in the mix. Use a piece of lean meat, like chicken, and your veggies of choice—onions, mushrooms, bell peppers and zucchini work great.
3. Add a vinaigrette
For a fresh, light take on your vegetables, chop up some cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion and basil, combine with a low-fat mozzarella and a balsamic vinaigrette for a caprese-esque side dish.
4. Make a soup
Soups are a resourceful and delicious way to use vegetable scraps. Soups don’t differentiate between parts of the vegetable so you can use just about any portion. For a quick meal, put some vegetable or chicken broth in a slow cooker with some carrots, peas, onions, celery and black pepper and leave on low while you’re at work. Check out these other easy soup recipes.
5. Hash it out
Make a quick hash with bell pepper, onion, mushroom, eggs and potatoes. Try swapping out your regular potatoes for sweet potatoes for a healthier alternative. Spinach also works well with hash and turkey can be a good protein alternative. Here are 10 more hash recipes.
6. Make a smoothie
Combining fruit and veggies for a super smoothie allows you to get the health benefits of your veggies while maintaining delicious flavor. If you prepare your smoothie contents ahead of time in quart-sized plastic bags and freeze them, it makes for an easy breakfast during the week. Pop it in a blender with some coconut milk or OJ and you’re good to go. Try this one: strawberries, blueberries, kale, avocado, pineapple and pomegranate juice. Feel free to toss some carrots in there, too.
There are infinite ways to prepare your vegetables making vegetables more delicious and more enjoyable. Trial and error can be a fun way to experiment with new vegetables and figure out what is best for your palate. Vegetables are essential to a healthy diet, which can be hard to maintain if you’re always on the go. Check out our guide to a having a healthy diet on a busy schedule.