For the vegetable haters.

A good friend of mine claims to dislike vegetables, and not have time or inclination to cook. Yet, she wants to start a healthier diet.   I plan to blog “recipes” for vegetables in her honor.  This will include stuff that isn’t really a recipe, just a prep method. I guess these things aren’t written down to be found if you don’t actually cook.  I hope to convince her that veggies don’t come out of a can, and can have flavor.  Anybody have vegetable advice for a non-believer?

Sauted green beans:
2 cups fresh green beans, ends removed (these even come ready cleaned in baggies 🙂 )
¼ cup diced onions (also available pre-cut)
2 cloves minced garlic (ditto)
½ red bell pepper, sliced (this  you might need a knife for)
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
½ cup water or beer
kosher salt and cracked pepper to taste

Saute onions in a non stick pan or regular pan w/ a tiny bit of olive oil.  Add garlic and cook until tender.  Add beans, red pepper, ginger.  Stir until heated through.  Add seasonings.  Add liquid, then clamp the lid on and simmer until the beans are tender.  Done.

This would be fine without the red pepper and the ginger.  Even more basic, just saute the beans in the olive oil, add salt and pepper, then add water and put the lid on until tender.  Easy.  Only takes moments.

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One Response to “For the vegetable haters.”

  1. Cyn Says:

    I claim to hate things like broccoli and squash. However, if you put these things in a stir fry that has good flavor (or curry, which I have no idea how to do, but a friend cooks veggie curry for me sometimes), I will gobble up broccoli and squash and any other veggies that you put in there.

    vegetable advice:
    try the same vegetable different ways. I still hate raw broccoli, but I will eat it in pot pies and stir fries (or with enough peppercorn ranch dressing).
    there are a million different spices and herbs out there. try those, too.
    try a fritatta, then you can pile on salsa if you don’t like the veggies, and still manage to eat it. 🙂
    veggies soups are a great way to get in lots of veggies for someone who doesn’t like vegetables – you can cook them to the point of mush, and they taste like the soup base. and you can make a ton and freeze it in batches.
    and this is the time for grilling. marinate and grill veggies wrapped in foil. that’s what convinced me that asparagus was the best vegetable ever.

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