There is a bounty of vegetables rolling out of the farmers markets and piled up in CSA boxes. But we still don't eat enough vegetables. We hesitate to reach for new, untried veggies sometimes, and we stick with the ones we're comfortable with and know how to prepare quickly. But we want to incorporate vegetables into our whole diet - not just our cooked meals. We want to snack on veggies!
So here are five quick tips for getting more vegetables into your diet. Share your own!
1. Iceberg lettuce is good for something - Maybe not for salads, but great for wraps. Wash and dry the smallest, tenderest leaves of a head of iceberg lettuce and wrap around cheese and lunch meat, or dip in hummus.
2. Eat more asparagus - Blanch tiny asparagus spears and dip in all sorts of things, or just eat straight from the pan.
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3. Slice an English cucumber paper thin - as thin as you can get it, with a mandoline if you have one. Salt very lightly and put in the fridge for snacking. Ice cold, translucent cucumber slices with just a hint of salt - summer refreshment.
4. Use a bowl of water for carrots and celery - Keep celery sticks and baby carrots in a bowl of cold water in the fridge to keep them from drying out.
5. Roast, roast, roast. Practically any hearty vegetable is good roasted. Tomatoes, eggplants, squash - you name it. Roast and eat, roast and puree.