We all know that we have to eat our greens to grow and stay healthy, but even those who are used to a well-balanced diet can admit that steamed and flavorless vegetables can be a very stale part of the culinary experience. But perhaps you’re not bringing the best out of those vegetables? Here, we’re going to look at a few ways that you can make them taste truly delicious.
Get it as fresh as you can
If you’re picking up vegetables, then try to make sure that you get them from the freshest sources possible. Your farmer’s market is usually going to offer veg as its freshest and most flavorful, and also helps you choose ingredients that are more sustainable since supermarkets tend to ship their veg by trucks across pretty large distances. While you’re at the farmer’s market, don’t be afraid to ask them about the best ways to prepare that veg to release its flavor as best as possible. You might find they have good advice.
Don’t underestimate seasoning or oil
Even a little seasoning with salt can bring out a ton of flavor from your vegetables. However, herbs and spices aren’t just for meat, either. Start growing your rack with things like oregano, paprika, chili powder, curry powder, basil, and more. One of the best pieces of advice is to taste and season as you go along, so you’re not overly surprised by the flavors that end up on the plate. A little oil can add a ton of flavor, too, and since veggies are low in fat, a little extra isn’t going to hurt too much.
Cheese and garlic are the go-tos
If you want to make sure that your vegetables are flavorful or you’re looking to make them the centerpiece of the meal, rather than just a side portion, then you shouldn’t underestimate the power of cheeses as well as garlic. This delicious and easy roasted parm broccoli uses both and is a great example of just how little effort it takes to make a rather bland vegetable into something that you’re happy to sink your teeth into. You can season the cheese as you cook it to let the flavor soak through it more effectively, too.
Try different ways of cooking them
The taste that you bring out of vegetables, not to mention the texture, can change so much depending on how you cook them. Air frying is all the rage right now, and a great way to cook a little oil into them, but you also roast or saute them. This way, your vegetables can be everything from fresh and crispy to browned and savory. A grill is a great way to imbue them with a little bit of a smoky flavor as well.
The tips above are especially great for those who are looking to turn vegetarian or, at the very least, to have a meatless meal now and again. It can be good for your health as well as your budget.
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