4 Creative Ways to Get Your Veggies

Monday, February 20, 2012

Often vegetables have a stigma attached to them as being tasteless and unpleasant to eat.  Also, it can seem like a salad is the only way to get your greens for the day.  However, there are plenty of creative recipes that incorporate vegetables to provide the nutrients you need while still tasting delicious.  The first two include kale, one of the most nutrient rich greens, loaded with Vitamin K, Vitamin C, calcium and 5g of fiber.  Its antioxidant content provides some protection against cancer and its fiber content aids in lowering cholesterol.  These recipes are an easy way to deliciously incorporate kale into your diet. Try this pasta dish, Orecchiette With Tomato Sauce and Kale recipee.              

The Kale Tropical Smoothie is just one smoothie recipe with added kale.  However, you can try adding kale or spinach to any smoothie recipe. Also, one of my favorite vegetables to cook with is eggplant because it is so versatile and can absorb any flavor you put it with.  Also, eggplant not only contains good-for-you fiber, but also phytonutrients, which act as antioxidants.  This recipe includes eggplant, as well tomatoes and protein-rich chickpeas. Try the Sweet and Sour Eggplant, Tomatoes and Chickpeas recipee!

Who says vegetables have to be a side dish?  Try this delicious stuffed pepper recipe, Couscous and Chickpea Stuffed Peppers.

These recipes are just a few ideas.  Get creative in the kitchen and try some recipes of your own or look up other recipes online for inspiration.  One great place to start is on the Healthy UNH Video Resources webpage. The nutrition videos can give you recipes on how to make a smoothie, a healthy lunch and other great meals.

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