How to Cook Healthy Good Tasting Vegetables

Q. How do I cook good tasting vegetables?

A. In order to end up with good tasting vegetables you have to start with vegetables that are fresh and preferably in season. Once you start there, you will find there is less that has to be done to make your vegetables taste good. Another important factor in making your vegetables taste good is to not over cook them. Remove them from the cooking process while they still have a little crispness, and bright coloring. With these two things in place, you can then get creative in flavoring your vegetables. In looking at our vegetable recipes you might find that I am quite fond of dressing our vegetables with just a little olive oil and fresh lemon juice. This enhances the natural flavor of the vegetables. When your greens and other vegetables are fresh you really can't beat their natural flavor.

Q. What other ways can I flavor them for more variety?

A. For more variety you may like to toss with a little chopped fresh herbs. It is important to use fresh herbs for this when tossing with simply cooked vegetables for taste. Dried herbs are better used when you are cooking for a long time. Using fresh herbs makes a fresh tasting dish, still allowing the natural flavor of the vegetables to come through. As an example of this, check out our vegetable recipes such as:

For more wintry dishes that have root vegetables there are mixtures of dried spices that are more compatible with long slow cooking, or soups, such as curry powder, chili powder cumin, and garam masala. A good example of this is our:

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