Are you always looking for ways to make veggies taste even better?
Here are a few tips to try...
1. Use salt (real salt!!)
Many vegetables contain a lot of bitter flavours. And while a love of bitterness can be acquired, there is something you can do to mask it.
Yes, our old friend salt.
Really it makes a HUGE difference. Don’t be worried about the negative health connotations associated with salt. That’s for when you’re eating industrial-sized quantities, not the small amount of sea salt that it takes to mask the bitterness in your broccoli.
Salt is also great because it enhances flavours.
2. Use some oil
Fat carries flavour and provides fat soluble vitamins which tend to be lacking in veggies. So, it’s actually better for you to use olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil or even butter when cooking them.
3. Don’t boil your veggies!
One of the easiest ways to make veggies taste yuck is to boil them. Boiling is also problematic because your water-soluble vitamins end up down the sink.
These days, the only veggies I boil are broad beans, edamame and spuds for roasting or when I’m making mash.
So how do I cook my veggies? Read on...
4. Roast, pan fry or stir fry
I love roast veggies but they can take a while, so I often pop them in a frying pan for a speedier alternative.
Unlike boiling, these dry heat methods of cooking help add yummy caramelized flavours to your veggies and remove excess moisture. Which is why they’re so delicious!
5. Use good quality veggies
Now I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with frozen veggies, especially if those veggies are out of season where you live. In fact they are great to have on hand.
But I just wanted to remind you that all veggies are not equal when it comes to flavour. The carrot you get from the supermarket generally never holds a candle to one you grow yourself or get at the local farmers market if you don't garden :)
6. Use tasty accompaniments
I’m a big fan of using tasty accompaniments to make my veggies more palatable.
Here are some suggestions for you to try: chili, miso paste, olives, peppery extra virgin olive oil, pesto, fresh herbs, spices and hummus.
Hope this helps give you some fresh ideas on how to prepare you veggies the next time you go to cook them - remember variety is the spice of life so don't be afraid to get creative with your veggies.