Episode 148 4 Ways to Fix Veggies
I don’t know many families who say “we’re good on veggies.” Most of us would like to add more veggies and today I have 4 ways to fix vegetables. I hope it gives you a little inspiration. I will like all the recipes at the bottom of the post.
Please remember that small changes make a big difference. Weeknight dinners don’t have to be perfect. These are just some ways to help you get dinner on the table a little easier.
1- Eat them raw.
In our house we eat 5-10 pounds of carrots a week (not an exaggeration.) We eat carrots plain, with hummus, dipped in peanut butter and on top of salads. My family prefers whole carrots that have been peeled and cut over baby carrots. But baby carrots have their time and place and I buy them when I need the shortcut.
Buy a pre-made veggie tray. Bring it out every day after school or at dinner. Everything is cut and cleaned and it comes with dip. It doesn’t get easier than this friends!
Make a salad. We eat a lot of salad in our house. My kids prefer raw veggies and we eat salad every day.
What veggies will your kids eat raw? Add them to your weekly grocery list.
2- Cook on the stove.
My favorite way to cook veggies on the stove is to Steam-Fry them. It works especially well with frozen veggies. Frozen veggies are the best! They are cleaned, cut, and ready to cook. I buy lots of frozen veggies when I do my deep dive grocery shopping. They keep for months in the freezer and make weeknight dinner easy.
Steam them in a steamer basket on the stove.
Sauté them. I love Sautéed Mushrooms or onions, but you can sauté any veggie.
3- Cook in the microwave.
Put them in a bowl with a little salt and water and put a plate on the bowl to keep the steam in. Be careful taking them out of the microwave as the bowl will be very hot. I use hot pads or a towel.
It’s even easier to buy steam in bag veggies. All you do is put them in the microwave! So simple. Some even come with sauces. Find one your family likes and stock up!
You can microwave potatoes and sweet potatoes, but be careful. It is very important to prick the skin with a fork or knife several times to avoid exploded potatoes.
I love roasted veggies! They are simple and delicious. The outsides get brown and crispy. You can just toss with salt and a fat and roast, but the best way is to blanch them first. It transforms the veggies into something almost magical. People make blanched and roasted veggies and text me that they eat them all straight off the pan. They are that good!
Eat blanched veggies cold. Veggies cooked in salted water for a minute and chilled are salty and slightly crunchy but also slightly softened. I love broccoli and asparagus that is blanched and chilled and your kids may too!
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Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active kids. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. You can see her every week on KAKE TV’s Good Morning Kakeland or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.
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