Color Your Diet Healthy with Fruits and Vegetables
Quick Ways to Make Veggies Taste Great
Toss fruit in your salad. Add strawberries or cherries to salads, suggests Ellie Krieger, RD, host of the Food Network's Healthy Appetite. "It's an easy way to get your fruits and veggies in one dish."
Go Asian. "Instead of steaming vegetables, try stir-frying them," says Krieger. "It's healthy, and tastes so much better. Try canola oil, snow peas, scallions, reduced-sodium soy sauce, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds."
Pop 'em in the oven. "Roasting really brings out the flavor in vegetables," says Krieger. Heat oven to 375 degrees, lightly coat vegetables with olive oil, and cook for 15 minutes (asparagus) to 60 minutes (squash). "Use roasted tomatoes in pasta sauce or roasted zucchini on sandwiches. Roasted asparagus is delicious on its own."
Make soup. "Saute broccoli or cauliflower with a few slices of onion in olive oil for two to three minutes. Add just enough chicken stock to cover the veggies; cook until stalks are tender. Remove from stove and puree."
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2007.
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