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Sometimes I'm overwhelmed at the idea of preparing vegetables. Sometimes I just plain don't feel like adding one more step to my meal preparation.
When I'm strapped for time, we eat less vegetables.
But I've found a few ways to sneak more veggies in, even on the busiest of days. I hope they will inspire and enable you to eat more veggies, too!
5 Easy Ways to Eat More Vegetables
#1: Keep Organic Frozen Vegetables on Hand
As much as I love supporting local agriculture, sometimes frozen veggies really come in handy. I keep my freezer stocked with organic peas, spinach, broccoli, and corn. No washing, trimming, or chopping necessary. They are ready to dump into any meal at a moment's notice.
#2: Make Weekly Breakfast Greens
When I go to the grocery store or, in season, to the farmer's market, I buy a couple bunches of greens such as kale or Swiss chard. I cook them up all together like this, and then I eat them with my breakfast of fried eggs and toast for a few days in a row. It's a few minutes of work on the first day, but then a delicious veggie-packed breakfast comes together in a snap for the rest of the week!
#3: Cook them with Pasta
When we have mac & cheese, spaghetti, or another pasta dish, I throw some greens (kale, swiss chard, or frozen spinach), frozen peas, or frozen broccoli into the pot with the pasta, toward the end of the cooking time. You barely notice that they are there, but they add valuable nutrients to your dinner.
#4: Throw Them into Smoothies
I'm not really into green smoothies made with raw greens, but I do sometimes add a handful of frozen spinach (which has already been blanched) into my smoothie. Pumpkin or winter squash is great to add to smoothies, too, like in my Pumpkin Spice Smoothie.
#5: Make Simple Sides
In the past I tended to shy away from simply steaming or sauteing vegetables. I had this idea that vegetable sides have to be fancy in order to be delicious. But I'm getting over it. Some of favorite simple sides are steamed broccoli with plenty of butter, sauteed mushrooms (in...butter), roasted cauliflower, and baked sweet potatoes.
What are your favorite fast and easy ways to eat more veggies?
See also: Be Inspired to Eat More Vegetables
This is part of: Fat Tuesday, Traditional Tuesday, Real Food Wednesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Healthy2Day Wednesday, Fight Back Friday, Natural Living Monday, Make Your Own Monday, Modern Alternative Kitchen, Keep it Real Thursday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, Thank Your Body Thursday
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