Some people just don’t enjoy vegetables that much, which makes it hard to ensure they include them in every meal. In the name of all things good and healthy, you’ve got to eat them. Rather than force-feeding yourself, try these ideas and recipes to make something exciting out of your veggies and see enjoyment in eating them!
Veggies Over Grains
Cauliflower rice instead of rice, zucchini or spaghetti squash instead of spaghetti. When you replace grains with vegetables they also soak up all the flavours of whatever you’re serving them with. It also cuts down in your overall carbohydrate intake per meal.
This is a popular trend, so popular that you can buy vegetables cut and prepared with the intention of replacing grains. However, if you can’t find the vegetables pre-cut in your local supermarket then throw it into a food processor or get yourself a vegetable spiralizer!
Try this ‘zoodle’ recipe – Garlic Chicken Zoodles
We all love a juicy burger! But before forming your ground meat into burgers, add finely chopped onions, carrots or peppers, as well fresh herbs. This will not only add extra flavour to your burger, but it will also add size and make your burger appear larger!
Check out this burger recipe.
Smoothies and smoothie bowls are a fun and tasty way to literally eat an entire bowl of fibre. The good thing is, they’re incredibly easy to make yourself – plus you’re going to get a great Instagram photo out of it. The possibilities are endless – just try combining your favourite fruits and vegetables. Frozen fruit and vegetables work best for consistency. You can add protein powder too!
Use your favourite sauces, marinades and toppings to bake, sauté or dip your vegetables. Throw some chicken and a selection of your favourite vegetables into a tray cover with your favourite sauce, or favourite spices will add immense flavour, as well as disguising the taste of your vegetables! They’re easy too – once it’s in the oven, job done!
Check out these tray bake ideas!
Cut meat and vegetables and place them on a skewer. For every chunk of meat, slide two or three vegetables on and season with whatever herbs and spices you want. Cook on the barbecue, adding that delicious smoky flavour, and you have a great way to enjoy some vegetables.
Make a delicious stew or curry with your favourite meat and all the vegetables you can find. It’s as simple as putting them in a crock-pot or slow cooker, plus you can just set it and forget. When you walk back in your door the smell of slow cooked meat and vegetables will be irresistible!
Hollow out vegetables like bell peppers, whole onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes or butternut squash. Then fill them with whatever you like – cheese, rice dishes, couscous, beef chilli or roasted meat or vegetables – then bake!
Everyone loves cake! Make your treats double as your vegetable intake!
Vegetable cakes are a great way to use leftover veg, and just generally get more of the good stuff into your diet. But aside from that cakes made with vegetables can also be incredibly tasty.
Here are some delicious cake ideas!