New Ideas For Vegetables And Fruit!

Warm chicken salad with sherry vinaigrette, walnuts and pasta is perfect for a weeknight meal.

Warm chicken salad with sherry vinaigrette, walnuts and pasta is perfect for a weeknight meal.

A few drops of a citrus syrup is all it takes to turn plain strawberries into a refreshing dessert!  For recipes email: anna@eatingfromwithin.com

A few drops of a citrus syrup is all it takes to turn plain strawberries into a refreshing dessert!

For recipes email: anna@eatingfromwithin.com

Let’s face it, We know that vegetables and fruits have many health benefits but they are not the first thing that come to mind for something good to eat. Except that when we include them in our meals, they can turn a hum drum recipe into an exciting dish. Plus they are low in fat and calories, while providing fiber and other key nutrients. They can also add color, flavor and texture.

Here are 10 tips to help kick up your meals with vegetables and fruits.

  1. Fire up the grill
    Use the grill to cook vegetables and fruits. Try grilling mushrooms, carrots, peppers, or potatoes on a kabob skewer. Brush with oil to keep them from drying out. Grilled fruits like peaches, pineapple, or mangos add great flavor to a cookout.

  2. Expand the flavor of your casseroles
    Mix vegetables such as sautéed onions, peas, pinto beans, or tomatoes into your favorite dish for that extra flavor.

  3. Planning something Italian? 
    Add extra vegetables to your pasta dish. Slip some peppers, spinach, red beans, onions, or cherry tomatoes into your traditional tomato sauce. Vegetables provide texture and low-calorie bulk that satisfies.

  4. Get creative with your salad
    Toss in shredded carrots, strawberries, spinach, watercress, orange segments, or sweet peas for a flavorful, fun salad.

  5. Salad bars aren’t just for salads
    Try eating sliced fruit from the salad bar as your dessert when dining out. This will help you avoid any baked desserts that are high in calories.

  6. Get in on the stir-frying fun
    Try something new! Stir-fry your veggies — like broccoli, carrots, sugar snap peas, mushrooms, or green beans — for a quick-and-easy addition to any meal.

  7. Add them to your sandwiches
    Whether it is a sandwich or wrap, vegetables make great additions to  both. Try sliced tomatoes, romaine lettuce, or avocado on your everyday sandwich or  wrap for extra flavor.

  8. Be creative with your baked goods
    Add apples, bananas, blueberries, or pears to your favorite muffin or pancake recipe for a treat.

  9. Make a tasty fruit smoothie
    For dessert, blend strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries with frozen bananas and 100% fruit juice for a delicious frozen fruit smoothie. Pour into an eight ounce glass makes a perfect dessert serving.

  10. Liven up an omelet or Italian style frittata
    Boost the color and flavor of your morning omelet with vegetables. Simply chop, sauté, and add them to the egg as it cooks. Try combining different vegetables, such as mushrooms, spinach, onions, or bell peppers.