Ideas, tips, and tricks from Herbalife to make your tasty vegetable recipes successful!
One of the easiest ways to make vegetable dishes tastier is to use seasonings. Various herbs and spices can be used to add flavor to vegetables. The possibilities are endless, whether fresh or dried herbs, spices, oils, vinegar, or lemon juice. We know that vegetables are full of vitamins, mineral salts, nutrients, and fiber, but it is sometimes difficult to get enthusiastic about a recipe for steamed or boiled vegetables… How to bring back taste and envy in our plate of vegetables?
How To Cook Vegetables For Recipes Full Of Taste?
Despite some bad reputation for the taste of food cooked this way, steaming is the best way to cook your vegetables healthily. Those who have prepared baby food at home have been able to rediscover it!
Steamed Vegetables Are The Tastiest
Steam cooking preserves the nutritional qualities of foods and their sugars. Remember to keep the cooking water, and you will need it later… Thus, cabbage (cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts…), potatoes, green beans, carrots, and fennel will keep all their flavors after being steamed!
Which Vegetables To Choose For Your Recipes?
What vegetables should you put in your steamer basket? All vegetables have their supporters, but did you know that one in four people is more receptive to tastes, especially bitter tastes? It will be difficult, whatever the recipe, to make them appreciate cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, radishes, arugula, etc.) because of their particularly bitter taste… And yet they are among the most interesting vegetables in terms of nutrition!
For these most “difficult” vegetables, some plan to cook them in a little milk to reduce their bitterness.
How Best To Season Vegetable Recipes?
What Spices To Put In The Vegetables?
Supplementing your vegetable recipes with the appropriate spices makes enhancing your dishes possible without necessarily going through the lipids/fats or fleur de sel box. The list is long: curry (a mixture of spices), paprika, turmeric, saffron, cloves, oregano, peppers, cumin, pepper, juniper berries, Espelette pepper. For example, a little curry or cumin added to mashed carrots would almost turn a side dish into a complete dish…
Opt for turmeric to give a nice color and slightly spicy taste to many vegetable dishes: zucchini, new turnips, carrots Depending on the recipe, adapt the seasoning and the time when you add it to the dish: some spices need to simmer with the dish, while others will be more to their advantage added at the end of cooking, such as ground pepper, whose taste fades with cooking.
When To Add Spices?
Overall, keep in mind that powdered spices should rather be used at the end of cooking to allow the flavors and properties to be preserved. Conversely, add a little at the start of cooking and a little at the end for whole spices. Spices are a good way to vary the pleasure of eating soups, another great way to ensure a good vegetable intake!
Which Spices With Which Vegetables?
Seasoning Tip: Herbs To Spice Up Your Recipes
Like spices, think of herbs to “pimp up” your recipes and vary the pleasures: dill, basil, chives, tarragon, bay leaf, parsley, rosemary, sorrel, savory, sage, thyme…
Change Your Recipes With The Seasons
You can also vary your risotto recipes by changing the vegetables. You include leeks and carrots from autumn to spring, asparagus in spring, and zucchini, tomatoes, and peppers in summer. Thus, with a starchy base, you will surely eat vegetables all year round!
Dare To Mix Vegetables To Taste Pan-Fried
Some vegetables are particularly flavorful. Mix them with other vegetables with less pronounced flavors to make tasty vegetable stir-fries. Throughout the year, cloves of garlic, onions, and shallots will be your allies!
The Idea To Sublimate Vegetables: Make Marinades
You can whip up pickled vegetables with a drizzle of olive oil, herbs, lemon juice, and a little planning to guarantee the tastiest vegetables possible. As you have carefully stored the cooking water ;-), you can replace a good part of the oil in your vinaigrette with this one. You must add half a chicken broth cube per half a liter, a little cornflour, and boil it.
Of course, to make the tastiest vegetable recipes, choose seasonal, organic, and local vegetables when you can, which are much more likely to guarantee freshness and quality than supermarket vegetables… If you’re short on time, also think about frozen vegetables: these are fresh ones!
How Do You Season Frozen Vegetables?
The tips above apply very broadly to frozen vegetables. Thus, you can season frozen vegetables with spices and aromatic herbs or even marinate them after defrosting!