Do you have veggies haters in your house? Vegetables are one of those foods people either love or hate. The problem with hating vegetables is that they are arguably the most health-promoting food group on the planet. If you aren't eating vegetables, you aren't getting all their amazing components like fiber and antioxidants.
Are veggie haters born, or made? The answer seems to be both. Some of us have negative veggie experiences from our childhood that come back to haunt us as adults. Maybe you were forced to eat vegetables, or had to plow through a stack of green beans to get to dessert. Maybe you were served overcooked, mushy vegetables. Here are some tips to get your veggies.
1. Add them to and dish you like and turn it into a dish you love, (add broccoli to Mac N Cheese)
2. Try adding them to any homemade soup
3. Eat them raw, they have a milder taste.
4. Take them for a dip, try hummus.
5. One of my favorites, Sneak them into spaghetti, pizza or meatballs
Most people like spaghetti, pizza or meatballs which makes them a good place to sneak in some vegetables. Chop any vegetables your family likes (zucchini, onions, eggplant, broccoli, celery, carrots) and add them to the spaghetti sauce. The smaller you chop them, the less likely anyone will notice that they're there. Vegetables can also be a tempting topping for your pizza, adding fiber and nutrients. Any combination of the following will work well: fresh tomato, onion, bell pepper, mushroom, zucchini, artichoke hearts, fresh basil leaves, and chopped spinach.
6. Stuff them and make it fun, celery stuffed with cream cheese or peanut butter, stuffed pepper or mushrooms
7. Add them to sandwiches, one of my favorites is cucumbers. Be creative roasted red peppers are awesome too.
8. Everything is better with Cheese, try grilling or steaming then grate Parmesan cheese over your veggies.
Mince them, hide them, stuff them....the bottom line veggies can be a great thing ....BE CREATIVE!!