Chances are, you know you need to eat more vegetables. But how do you go about starting a plant-based diet when you don’t enjoy the taste or texture of vegetables? Some of us have long-held negative memories associated with vegetables that continue to influence us into adulthood. For others, we may want to expand our daily diet to include more veggies, but don’t know what vegetables to try and how to prepare them so they taste their best. If you need some advice on how to make vegetables taste good, don’t worry!
We’ve got you covered:
10 Tips To Make Vegetables Taste Good
Here at Tommy’s Superfoods, encouraging healthy eating habits is our top prioirty. If you’re a “grown-up” who immediately turns into a picky six-year-old when vegetables make their way near your plate, here are some of our suggestions for making vegetables taste good:
- Cut your veggies into small pieces and eat them with something you do like. For example, try putting small pieces of broccoli into your mashed potatoes, or add a little bit of diced red pepper and corn to your pot of chili.
- Enhance flavor with seasonings, condiments, flavored salts, and different oils. Who says you have to eat vegetables plain? Experiment with various kinds of salt and pepper, spices, butter or ghee (or dairy-free butter substitutes), citrus juices, mustards, and different varieties of oils (sesame, coconut, olive, walnut, to name just a few) as these will all add different flavors and taste sensations.
- Sneak vegetables into recipes where you won’t know it’s there! Make a sweet and creamy coconut-pineapple (or mango) smoothie and toss in a handful of fresh spinach. Your smoothie will turn bright green, but you’ll taste nothing but the pineapple and coconut.
- Try making desserts that use vegetables like carrot muffins or chocolate beet cake. This has the added benefit of making your dessert much healthier!
- Taste and experiment! When you experiment with preparing vegetables in your kitchen, you can “taste test” as you cook and determine what flavors you want. For example, if you’ve just bought a zucchini, cut it in half and use two distinct preparations — Tasting both and deciding your favorite can make an average Tuesday night feel like an episode of the Food Network show Chopped!
- If you can’t crack the code to making vegetables taste great, turn to your local freezer section! Don’t forget, frozen vegetables like Tommy’s Superfoods, offer easy to prepare, pre-seasoned mixtures that you can heat up in moments in the microwave or on the stove-top.
- Try different varieties of the same vegetable! Did you know that there are around 7,500 varieties of tomato? Stop by your local farmer’s market and take a look at the varieties of vegetables that are often not found in grocery stores. Whether it’s hot peppers, watermelon radishes, heirloom tomatoes, golden beets, or bok choy, you may find yourself enjoying these unique tastes!
- Whether fresh or frozen, use good quality vegetables! If you want your fresh vegetables to taste their best, you need to cook or eat them within a few days of purchase. A rubbery carrot or cucumber with soft spots is not going to be at peak flavor. Same goes for frozen vegetables… Be sure to use them by the expiration date on the bag, and store them according to directions to prevent freezer burn. Tommy’s Superfoods products are non-GMO project certified, do not contain any artificial colors or flavors, and are stored in a special pouch that is designed for your freezer!
- Try putting vegetables in a wrap or sandwich! Grab your favorite style bread, wrap, or crackers, spread with dipping sauces and spreads like hummus, salsa, pesto, or soy sauce and then layer on some vegetables for a sandwich or snack.
We hope this list has helped to inspire you to give vegetables another chance and incorporate more of them into your diet. With a little experimentation and persistent effort, we believe everyone can discover ways to make eating vegetables a more pleasurable experience!
Do you have your own tips and tricks to make vegetables taste good? Did we miss something? Share your favorite vegetable recipes with us and we’ll publish them right here! (We’ll even give you all the credit!)