We all know that we should be consuming vast quantities of veggies every day. But actually finding the time to prepare and eat them is always a challenge. Sometimes, we just want to keep things simple.
It turns out, though, that actually getting the veggies that you need is easier than you think. Most of the time, it’s just a matter of adding them to food you’re already cooking. It doesn’t have to be hard.
Add Them To Your Omelet
If you’re an omelet fan, you’ll know that adding extra ingredients here and there can really help take it up a notch. Plain is okay, but adding ham and cheese makes it even more delicious.
If you are a big omelet eater, you might consider adding extra veggies to improve the nutrition even further. Common additions include bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, bok choy, scallions and onions.
Add Veggies To Your Casseroles
You can also do something similar with your casseroles. Adding veggies can often make them taste even better than usual, especially if you cook in season. Try adding mushrooms, broccoli, celery, carrots, and other seasonal favorites.
Blend Them Into A Smoothie
Vegetable smoothies don’t sound particularly appetizing until you try them. However, if you follow a decent recipe, they can turn out pretty good. For best results, follow all the advice given in the recipe, such as using plant milks and ice where required.
Add Veggies To Your Sauces
Another place you can sneak veggies into your diet is through sauces. For instance, if you’re making marinara sauce, you don’t have to stick with plain tomato. Instead, you can add finely chopped carrots, bell peppers, onions and even leafy greens. Overall, these additions won’t change the character of the marinara sauce much, but they will improve the nutrition of the dish.
Today, millions of people around the world swear by the virtues of juicing. Here, the idea is to extract the liquid element of veggies with a cold press juicer and consume it like a regular beverage. Except, unlike other beverages, you’re getting a whole bunch of beneficial nutrients at the same time.
Make Your Pizza Crust Out Of Cauliflower
A decade ago, nobody had heard of the idea of making pizza crusts out of cauliflower. But today, thanks to some high-profile recipe books by famous TV chefs, it’s almost becoming mainstream. It works because when you combine cauliflower with almond meal and sometimes eggs, you wind up with something that tastes very similar to a regular crust. But it’s much lower in carbs and far higher in antioxidants than plain old white pizza flour.
Use Veggies For Your Kebabs
Regular doner kebabs are a national favorite. But nothing is stopping you from swapping it out for regular veggies. You could cook veggies over a grill on a skewer to give them that nice flame taste. The best for this purpose are mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, onions and bell peppers.
Make A Batch Of Veggie Burgers
The great thing about veggie burgers is that once you know the basic recipe, you can add pretty much whatever veggies you need to use up in your refrigerator.
Veggie burgers are essentially just beans mixed with oats and a source of fat for the base in a processor. Then it’s pretty much up to you how you want to flavor them. Most people use black beans for veggie burgers because they look so similar to regular beef patties. But you can use any kind of beans that you like. Some recipes don’t even require beans at all, offering tremendous flexibility.
Make Your Guacamole More Veggie
You can make regular guac by mashing an avocado and then adding some salt and lime juice. But if you want to take the nutrition up a notch, try adding a little red onion, garlic, and chopped tomatoes.
Add Veggies To Your Sandwiches
Instead of ham and cheese, you can make much more delicious sandwiches with the help of veggies. One of the best are hummus sandwiches. Plus, they’re easy to make. Follow a hummus recipe, and then add little extras, like salad leaves, tomatoes, olives and parsley. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also create a little sweetness by topping the hummus off with caramelized onions.
Use Lettuce Wraps
You don’t have to stick with regular bread for that matter. If you want a light dinner, it’s sometimes nice to just eat your food in lettuce wraps (instead of heavy tortillas or pita bread). Just create the mix, put it in a wrap, and you’re done!
How do you sneak extra veggies into YOUR diet? Leave a comment below.