12 Ways to Make Veggies Taste Great
Many kids do not like to eat their vegetables. Some adults don’t like to eat them either. This article is going to give you 12 ways to make veggies taste great. Experiment with these tips to find the ones that your picky eater or you yourself will like.
Add Onions or Garlic
Some people like a savory flavor. If this is the case, try adding onions or garlic to your vegetables. You can even add both if you like. This works very well for veggies like carrots, green beans, greens, and peas.
Grill & Lightly Butter
Try combining a mixture of different vegetables, wrapping them in aluminum foil in individual portions, and cooking them in the oven or on the grill. You will want to lightly rub your aluminum foil with butter first. One tasty combination that works very well for this is potatoes, carrots, bell pepper, and onions with a nice thick slice of tomato on top. Jalapeños are also good with this mixture if you have a taste for spicy food. Season this with salt and pepper and any other seasonings you like.
Add Fruit to Your Salads
Add fruit to salads. This gives a touch of sweetness to the greens and other salad veggies. Some fruits that are good to use in salads are apples, mandarin oranges, raisins, and cherries.
Use them in soups.
Add Veggies to Soup
A lot of people like soup and most times the other flavors from the soup mixed with the flavors of the veggies turn out to be something that even someone who is picky about vegetables will like. Chicken and beef noodle soups would both be good ones to try.
Make More Casseroles
Try making casseroles. Many casseroles are a combination of pasta, veggies, and meat. This would give you an all-in-one meal. If you prefer not to eat meat, there are also many casseroles that have only veggies and pasta or just veggies mixed with other ingredients. Carrot casserole, corn casserole, and green bean casserole are some very common veggie casseroles. None of these have meat in them and the carrot casserole is the only one that has pasta. Some of these have cream soups in them, which are sometimes a bit high in fat, but usually there is a low-fat version of these soups available also. The casserole idea is a good one because with all of the other flavors going on, the picky ones might not even notice the taste of the veggies as much, if at all.
Experiment with different sauces and dressings on your cooked veggies. Try different flavors of pesto and low-fat salad dressings. You can even try using hot sauce if you or your picky eater likes food with a little kick.
Try using different seasonings to find the combination that everyone likes. A few to try are oregano, dill, garlic powder, basil, chili powder, curry powder, lemon pepper, rosemary, cumin, and onion powder.
Add Flavor with Meat
Add some low-fat diced ham or turkey bacon to your greens or green beans. This gives the veggies a wonderful flavor.
Sweeten with Honey
Add a touch of honey and low-fat butter to carrots, whether canned, frozen, or fresh. Just stir it in when the carrots are finished cooking.
Healthy Veggie Dips
Raw veggies make a great snack. If you don’t really enjoy them, try eating them with different healthy dips like low-fat cream cheese, honey mustard, peanut butter, and low-fat salad dressing.
Incorporate Citrus Flavors
Another thing you can do after your veggies are finished cooking is to squeeze a little juice of any citrus fruit over them. This will give them a nice little zing. Orange, lemon, and lime are all good options.
Do Not Overcook
Probably the most important tip to make your veggies taste great is to not overcook them. Overcooking takes away a lot of the vegetables’ flavor as well as removing most of their nutrients. It is best to cook your vegetables until they are tender and crisp. If this is not cooked quite enough for you, add only 2-4 more minutes for best results.