For most people, eating vegetables can be an acquired taste. Not just for kids, but also for adults. However, we all know how vegetables are an integral part of being healthy. If we want to eat a balanced meal, we have no choice but to incorporate vegetables into our diet.
Below, I’ve tossed in 5 tips on how to make vegetables taste good, even for the picky eaters!
1. Learn to mix your vegetables
By mixing your vegetables, I don’t mean tossing it into a bowl of mixed veggies and making a salad out of it. Let’s be honest, it’s not exactly appetizing to say that your dinner is a bowl of steamed broccoli. Instead, mix 1/4 cup of steamed broccoli into a bowl of whole-wheat pasta. Feel free to add a flavorful sauce like tomato sauce, pesto, etc.
2. Play with flavors
Nobody wants a boring meal. You have to remember that there are a lot of herbs, spices, and sauces that you can use to spruce up the flavors of your cooking. It makes a world of a difference when you play with the flavors of a veggie dish. If Brussels sprouts aren’t your thing, you might want to drizzle balsamic vinegar over them, or even try roasting it with olive oil and a little salt. Don’t forget to sprinkle basil, parsley or chives as well. If you’re up for an adventure for your taste buds, you can even dip them in Thai peanut butter dressing in order to add a rich burst of flavor. Oh, have you tried chickpea pancakes as well?
3. Try different methods in cooking
Different cooking methods can bring out different tastes and flavors. Sautéing greens like bok choy and collard greens make them soft and tender while roasting vegetables like cauliflower and Brussels sprouts give it a crispy texture that you can’t achieve in steaming. It also brings out their natural sweetness. Again, don’t forget to drizzle it with olive oil, salt, and pepper for added flavor.
4. Vegetables can also have a sweet flavor
Most of us wouldn’t dare to make vegetables sweet because they’re mostly accompaniments for savory flavors. However, a lot of vegetables can actually taste really good when made into a sweet meal. For example, adding cinnamon or maple syrup to your dishes can give these boring vegetables a whole new taste. Candied vegetables are also possible. Have you tried adding cinnamon and maple syrup to your carrots?
5. Be creative
The good thing about vegetables is that they’re very flexible ingredients. You can make tons of quick and easy vegan recipes with just a couple of ingredients. You can add it to almost any other dishes like pasta, pizza, or even veggie burgers. You can even try cauliflower pizza crust or zucchini lasagna. If you want something that’s packed with flavor, you can even try umami-rich mushrooms and cauliflower buffalo wings.
If you have kids, you can even cut your veggies into cute little animals and make fun dips. The opportunities are endless!