Everyone should be eating a lot of vegetables in order to stay healthy, but there are many people who just don’t like them. Rather than choking down a plateful of salad with every dinner, why not try some of these creative ways to add veggies to your diet without sacrificing flavor?
1. Use Herbs and Spices
Whether you find vegetables bland or you don’t like the taste, using herbs and spices will help improve their flavor. Most herbs and spices have health benefits and no calories or fat, so use them freely. The sky is the limit when it comes to combinations:
- Use olive oil, rosemary, and garlic to make roasted veggies instead of potatoes
- Add curry and salt to any type of baked squash for an Indian vibe
- Make sweet potato oven fries covered with chili, cayenne, and/or cumin if you’re craving seasoned fries
2. Incorporate Veggies into Baked Goods
If you put veggies into your baked goods, just be careful that you don’t wind up eating a lot more baked items! However, swapping pumpkin pancakes for regular pancakes or zucchini-containing biscuits for the usual kind will add vegetables to your diet. The main thing to watch out for with vegetable-containing baked good recipes is the sugar content—you don’t want to wind up eating a lot more veggies but also a lot more sugar.
3. Replace Pasta with Veggies
There are several ways to replace pasta with vegetables, some of which are more complex than others. Spaghetti squash, when properly prepared, needs little work to look and taste a lot like regular spaghetti within a meal. It is also possible to purchase devices that create pasta-like ribbons from various hard vegetables such as carrots or other squashes. A good tomato sauce, especially a slightly spicy one, is a great complement to these veggie noodles.
4. Try a New Cooking Method
Vegetables can taste a lot of different ways, depending on how they are cooked. Boiling is one of the most common ways to cook vegetables, but it frequently creates a mushy, bland offering. Steaming is a little better but still tends to be bland. A new method of cooking might be just the thing to make vegetables palatable again:
- Try roasting peppers, onions, squash, tomatoes, carrots, and more
- Make veggie chips out of greens, snap peas, and carrots
- Put vegetable skewers on the barbeque next to the meat
5. Hide Vegetables in Your Favorite Meals
Sometimes, you don’t have time to try to develop a taste for veggies even though you want to eat more of them. In these cases, you might want to try hiding vegetables in your meals. Some veggies are too strongly-flavored for this to work, but it is surprisingly successful in many cases:
- Steam and then blend cauliflower and add it to any dish containing cheese sauces or white sauces
- Blend greens or carrots into your morning smoothie
- Chop vegetables into small pieces and add them to meatloaf, burger patties, and bean dishes