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Approved Methods For Getting More Veggies Into Your Stomach

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. 

Get Juicing

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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.

Recipe: Cheesy Cauliflower

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In Florida, the passing seasons aren’t marked by changes I’ve grown accustomed to. (Plummeting temperatures! Sweaters! Dreary rain all day!) However, I still find myself hankering for the sorts of foods that would warm you up on a cold, Autumn evening. Hearty vegetables and ooey-gooey cheeses. Whack ’em in the oven casseroles that smell delicious and warm up your whole house. This dish, adapted from Leanne Brown’s cookbook Good and Cheap, certainly fits the bill. And since it uses cauliflower as a base, one could argue that it’s basically the healthy alternative to mac and cheese! I’m excited to whip this one up again in a few weeks as a Thanksgiving side.

What you’ll need:

1 head of cauliflower

1 Tbsp butter

3 cloves of garlic

1/2 tsp chili flakes

1 Tbsp flour

1 1/2 cups milk

6 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated

salt and pepper

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp paprika

breadcrumbs (optional)

scallions (optional)

And how it all comes together:

– Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

– Bring a pot of water to boil over high heat and chop your cauliflower into florets. Once water has boiled, add the cauliflower florets and a pinch of salt and allow to boil for 4 minutes.

– Butter a small casserole or pie dish. Drain the cauliflower and add it to the buttered dish.

– Next, melt your butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Add garlic and chili flakes and cook for 1 minute. Add flour and stir quickly for about a minute to allow your roux to get a bit brown. Slowly add your milk as you continue to stir. (Note: You may need to add a bit more flour or a bit more milk to reach your desired consistency.)

– Bring the sauce to a boil, stirring every once and awhile to insure the bottom of the saucepan doesn’t get scorched.

– As soon as the sauce reaches a boil turn off the heat and stir in your cheese. Add your mustard, paprika, and scallions. (Note: This is a really great cheese sauce recipe to have in your wheelhouse! Add it to noodles for creamy mac and cheese or to scalloped potatoes or chopped winter squash.) I also chopped up a few slices of deli turkey that I wanted to use up and threw ’em into the mix. Add what you have on hand: leftover cooked ham, bits of crispy bacon, peas, salsa…the skies the limit! Or, leave the cauliflower to speak for itself.

– Give the sauce a taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

– Pour the cheese sauce over your cauliflower and add breadcrumbs to the top, if you like. Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is bubbly and brown! Enjoy as a main dish (great casserole or mac and cheese substitute) with a green salad or as a hearty vegetable side with a yummy roast dinner.

Kitchen gadgets that I don’t need but definitely want.

Here are some items that don’t NEED to find their way into my cupboards but just might! Pretty, fun, bright, sleek and FUNCTIONAL–what’s not to love about kitchen gadgets?

1. Salt and Pepper mills. 

Salt & Pepper. Turn the key.

2. Retro Pyrex baking dishes. 

pyrex!!!!!!!!!!

3. Star spangled spatula. 

Star Spangled Spatula.

4. Lazy food hack: bell pepper edition. 

I neeeeed this!

5. Dia de los Muertos cookie cutters. 

Sugar Skull Cookie Cutter - Set Of 4

6. Keepcup with built in cork sleeve. 

KeepCup

7. Crock Pot lid pocket. 

Never know where to set down your crockpot lid? This little gadget offers a solution.

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