Veggies are Free

With the turn of the calendar page it’s a new year and every article and television program addresses our eternal resolution to lose weight/eat healthier. It does get a little boring to see this stuff year after year. Yet I am also impressed that we never grow tired of wanting to do/be better.

I have noticed that no matter who is talking, eating more vegetables is advised. Many times they even say that “veggies are free” meaning that you don’t have to count them as unnecessary calories. I am certain that some of the things that we do to vegetables borders on criminal with all the butter and cheese, but I am still thinking that a cheesey vegetable is better than a bag of chips, so carry on.

It is much easier to eat fresh fruits and vegetables in the summer when they are popping out of the ground everywhere, but we still have a lot of choices at the supermarket in the winter and great chances to fill up on food that’s good for you. I’ll try to help with the less cheesey, buttery, can-of-soupey dishes.

I must say that roasting is a fantastic way to enjoy almost every vegetable out there; just crank up the heat, lay your vegetable pieces on a foil-lined try with a bit of olive oil and seasoning of choice. The high-temp roasting carmelizes the vegetable’s sugars and gives them a wonderful depth and interest. Avoid too much oil, too much salt/sugar, otherwise give it a try with your supermarket’s best buy this week.

Here is a list of recipes that you can easily add in to your rotation and feel no guilt at all:

Sweet Potato and Carrot Fries

Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower Steaks

Celery & Parmesan Salad

Carrot and Apple Slaw

Roasted Squash

Apples and Onions






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