In order to increase the amount of Vegetables in your diet, it’s a good idea to do some work up front. I find it helpful if I go shopping for Produce only. If you can find a local Farmer’s Market, great! But if not choose the grocery store in your area with the best Produce. I seem to get less distracted if I set out to focus on my Fruits and Vegetables only. Then coming home and taking the time to prepare them ahead can really pay off later. It’s a time consuming task but in the long run you’ll find it’s so much easier to eat something healthy even when you’re on the go.
At least once a week I put together a large container of salad. Change it up with Arugula, Spinach, Escarole or Romaine. Add things like Black Beans, Carrots, Red Onion, Olives. Be sure to wash and dry everything thoroughly. I usually lay some paper towels over the top to absorb any excess moisture. Naturally, leave out the dressing and seal it in a tight fitting container. Your salad will be fresh and ready as needed!
One hour in your kitchen and you can prepare delicious veggies for your weeknight dinners. Just about any Vegetable is better roasted. After you’ve washed and sliced, toss with olive oil and your favorite spice blend. I like to use herbs de Provence, salt and pepper. Put in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Always best to undercook your Veggies. That way when they’re reheated, they’ll be just right. Be sure to store them in air tight containers. Check out this Guide to Cooking 20 Vegetables from Asparagus to Zucchini @ http://www.eatingwell.com When you’re rushing around during the week you’ll be happy to know your Veggies are ready and waiting in the fridge.
Get the family involved. Give everyone their own cutting board and knife. Safety First of course, but kids should learn what’s involved in getting their food on the table. Put everyone to work and they’ll enjoy it that much more!
For more ideas on what to do with all these yummy prepared Veggies go to Green Kitchen Stories blog @ http://www.greenkitchenstories.com