Vegetables. How do you prepare them, various ways, and keep them interesting? Let alone do it at 8:30 at night, after you’ve run classes all night at the gym, and still need to cook dinner for yourself and/or family members? What if your kids don’t like all that ‘fancy’ stuff on vegetables?
Here’s what I did tonight:
3 heads of broccoli (not the big huge ones from the grocery store, but regular sized stalks that will yield about 2 1/2-3 1/2 cups of florets raw)
1 ball fresh mozzarella, diced
1 cup grape tomatoes
1 tbsp fresh diced basil
1/2 cup pecans
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1. Steam your broccoli for about 5-10 min, depending on how crunchy you like it.
2. Place all other ingredients in a big bowl.
3. Remove broccoli from pan and cut off florets, add the stalks diced too, if you want those. Set aside the broccoli that your kids will eat, if they’re not into adding things to veggies and dressings.
4. Add remaining broccoli to the bowl of other ingredients and toss well. Voila!
5. Any broccoli you set aside for your kids can just be topped with butter, or add your favorite seasoning to it, as simple as salt and pepper.
This literally took less than 10 min to throw together off the top of my head, while we were waiting for steaks to cook tonight, and Wayne even said it was delicious, which is high praise!
Some suggestions I can give for how to make veggies not just more appealing, but more appetizing are to add things you may have just lying around the kitchen or in the pantry. Fresh herbs or spices, green onions diced up, oil and vinegar mixtures, nuts, or maybe just some ground black pepper. These vegetables are the sides that will fill you up, replace the empty carbs in your life and provide you with vital nutrients. Yes, sometimes they will not be extremely appealing, just get through it and eat, then move on. Other times, we have friends over or want to impress the spouse with our gourmet skills and we need to step it up a notch. Play around with sauces you can make out of pureed veggies, butter, olive oil, coconut oil and spices and see what you come up with.