Many people say that they don’t like eating vegetables though they are one of the most important food to keep fit and stay healthy. There are much reasons behind this, and one of the most common ones is the way people cook the vegetables. If you cook them the same way on a daily basis, it would be no doubt that you will be bored of vegetables soon. The dishes of vegetables can be very delicious, tasty and colorful if you know how to make use of the ingredients correctly and change the cooking methods every day. Eating vegetables is good for your health as well as your appetites.
There are more than 10 ways to cook your vegetables that you might not know yet, that’s why you should take a look at this article and find out more about this field of cooking instead of boiling or steaming them all the time. In addition, there is a wide range of veggie type for you to choose, so you should know some common as well as uncommon ones to modify your dishes components. Some of the vegetables could be better when roasting than boiling and so on, so you should know how to deal with some certain types of veggie to make your dishes more colorful and tastes without losing the nutritious. Let’s get started with these cooking methods to make your veggies better!
It might sound weird but sometimes you can find the enjoyment in eating vegetables without cooking them. Sometimes when I’m preparing to cook some kinds of veggie, I will let myself having some pieces of them raw, that’s the freshest way to eat the vegetables. As long as you can keep the veggies fresh and clean, you can have any of them in raw condition without losing any amount of nutritious. Though some of them might taste a little bit different from the taste when they are cooked, it is still the best way to eat them. If you can’t eat them raw because of the bitter taste or just simply because you don’t like that way much, you can prepare them as a dish of salad with other ingredients and spices so as to make them tastier and more colorful.
Here are some names of dishes you can prepare with raw vegetables. Since this is one of the easiest ways to deal with these green foods, you can cook them within 5 or 10 minutes as a starter of your meal. You can try Zucchini Pasta with Pumpkin Seeds and Garlic, Avocado Kale Chili Salad, Tomato Salad…
This is another simple way to cook the vegetables so as to save time and nutritious inside them. With this way, you can keep the freshness and the brightness of the veggies though the might a risk that you can ruin the whole dish if the time wasn’t right. The veggies than would be gray and mushy with barely any nutrients inside.
You should know how to boil certain types of vegetable and the amount of time for each one. You should boil types of vegetables such as broccoli, green beans or cauliflower because the water can make them sweeter and get rid of the bitter taste inside them. You can add some salt so as to keep the green color after boiling the vegetables.
You can blanch or simmer the vegetables according to the way you want your dishes to be. If you want the veggies to be crisp and bright in color, you can blanch the veggies with a small amount of time and let them continue to boil themselves after turning off the fire. Or else if you like your veggies to be well cooked, keep the fire at a low level and leave them for a longer amount of time. This way is often applied for potatoes, turnips, and yams.
Boiling the vegetables can be very easy and can be applied to any situations, but eating boiled veggies on a daily basis for a long period of time is not a good choice. That’s the reason why you should try steaming some kinds of vegetables. This method uses the steam as the main source of heat to cook the veggies, not the oil or the water.
Steamed veggies are bright, flavorful and tender. The most amazing thing about this method is that it can retain almost all the nutrients inside the veggies.
Many people don’t know how to steam vegetables. It is quite simple with the steaming pot with a proper amount of water under the steamer basket. You can use additional flavors such as ginger or garlic so as to get rid of some smells of the veggies or make them more flavorful. Steaming is quite easy if you know exactly the timing to make the veggies green and tender. Chinese are experts in steam foods including steamed vegetables.
Stir – Frying Vegetables
This is another way for people to use the combination of oil and vegetables. Many people think the Saute and Stir – fry can be used as the same cooking method, but there are some differences between them. First of all, when you stir – fry the veggies, the heat used is much higher that saute and the speed is faster. This is the unique cooking technique that is commonly used in Asian cuisines, that’s the reason why you don’t see stir – fried veggies often in menus of European restaurants. The vegetables are mixed with various types of spices and additional aromatics, that’s why the flavor is modified very much without losing the original taste of the main ingredient – vegetables.
In fact, there are even more than just 4 ways to cook vegetables, you can see all of them in my next article about vegetables and how to cook them. Eating this type of food is an effective way to increase the defense structure of our body as well as provide a precious amount of vitamin, mineral as well as fiber for our inner body system. That’s the reason why vegetable is a vital part of our everyday meal especially for your kids meals.