Healthy eating is important to most people and Vegetarian Recipes are a must for your collection. These can include side dishes, casseroles and eve your main meal. Not being a vegetarian myself, I do try and eat more vegetables with my meals and less meat.
The idea situation is to grow your own vegetables in your garden, but you will find a large variety of fresh produce in our local grocers. When you do buy vegetables, I recommend buying only a few day's worth at a time. The ensures that if you buy good quality, fresh produce, it will still be fresh when you prepare it.
Potatoes, carrots and the like can be stored for several weeks if stored properly. Store potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables outside the refrigerator in a cook, well ventilated cupboard or cellar. The air should be moist enough to keep them from drying out but not too moist to promote mold. You want your ingredients for your vegetarian recipes to be as fresh as possible.
Fresh Vegetarian RecipesGlazed Carrots with Dill
Hawaiian Vegetable Kabobs
Broccoli Cheese Pie
The cooking method most recommended for fresh vegetables is steaming or the water-less method. This preserves the vitamins and nutrients. Since the vegetables aren't standing in water, the vitamins and minerals stay put and you reap the benefits. The time you length of time you cook your vegetables really depends on your preference of crispness and of course, which vegetarian recipe you're using.
To keep your recipes interesting use herbs to jazz them up. Adding herbs to your vegetables is sure to spark a little creative touch to your cooking. I have tried several different herbs and spices in my vegetables and found many pleasing combinations. Dill, mint, rosemary and basil are only a few herbs that make an ordinary vegetable dish into taste sensation.
Here's a few suggestions for use of herbs with vegetables:
- Basil - mushrooms, tomatoes, squash, any bland vegetable
- Bay Leaf - dried bean dishes, carrots, onion
- Chives - potatoes, hot vegetables
- Dill - beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, peas
- Parsley - asparagus, eggplant, mushrooms, dried beans, potatoes
- Garlic - EVERYTHING!! (I love garlic and it's good in just about everything. Try it)
- Rosemary - beans, broccoli, peas, cauliflower, mushrooms, baked potatoes, parsnips
- Sage - beans, beets, onions, peas, spinach, squash, tomatoes
- Thyme - beets, carrots, mushrooms, onions, peas, eggplant, potatoes
Keep in mind these are only my suggestions for your vegetarian recipes. Try any and all herbs in your recipes and discover the ones you like.
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