Some of us find adding more vegetables to meal routines a little daunting as we’re unsure of how to prepare vegetables in a tasty way. We’ve come up with flavoursome ideas for cooking veggies that will change the way you look at them forever.
1. Top proteins with vegetables
Introduce extra flavour and nutrients by adding sautéed vegetables such as peppers, onions and tomatoes to fish, chicken or meat, instead of a sauce. This will boost the nutritional value of your meal while cutting calories.
2. Replace your carbs
Lighten your carbohydrate intake by adding low-calorie veggies to your meals. For example, replace some of the potatoes in classic mash with broccoli or cauliflower to make it more nutritious.
3. Use lettuce for wraps
Lettuce leaves are a healthy alternative to bread or wraps. Any filling works beautifully - try tuna or chicken salad, savoury mince, pulled pork or even meatballs!
4. Make a salsa
Condiments can pack in lots of flavour and fibre, so try to create easy and delicious fresh salsas at home using tomatoes, onions, chillies, sweetcorn, avocados, peppers, mangos, pineapple and other healthy fruits and veggies. Try this zingy pineapple salsa!
5. Add spinach
Including fresh spinach in soups, stir-fries, salads, stews, pastas and casseroles is a great way to add colour and a dose of iron to meals. Try our delicious spinach salad!
6. Dress them up
Eating simple steamed vegetables can get monotonous. Adding a dash of olive oil, a little garlic or some chilli will take your vegetables from boring to the best part of the meal!
7. Try edamame beans
Green soybeans or edamame beans add protein and fibre to any salad, stir-fry or soup. Look out for them at your local health shop!
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