As a child we all grew up thinking that vegetables were green, gross and gruesome. I know my parents couldn’t get me to eat them, even though they tried hard! Now that we’re older and our taste buds have definitely matured, we have started to see the joy in cooking with vegetables. I know I absolutely love them and try to put them in as many dishes as possible. The best part is that you don’t necessarily have to be a vegetarian eat these types of dishes on a regular basis. I am with WW formly Weight Watchers and I still eat everything I love (meat and all) but I see myself adding more and more vegetables to my dishes. There are so many varieties out there you don’t even know! From a pasta salad to a soulful soup, there is so much fun to be had with vibrant vegetables.
If you are looking for some inspiration, consider the following ideas for veggie based dishes that will soothe your soul.
One of the best ways to jam pack a ton of vegetables into one dish it to create a wholesome and hearty soup. This will not only help to cure your illnesses, but a cup of warm soup is also an amazing soother for the soul. Leek and potato is a classic in terms of soup, but you might be wondering, what are leeks and how can you use them in a delicious recipe? Contrary to popular belief leeks can be incredibly flavorsome as long as you cook them in the right way. Season your soup with plenty of garlic, onion and black pepper and you will have a go to winter warmer at any time.
A vegetable pasta dish is the perfect on the go lunch to take to work. It is jam packed with delicious and nutritious vegetables that will definitely keep you going all day. Some of the best flavor combinations in pasta dishes are aubergine, courgette, tomato and sweetcorn, so give this a try next time you’re craving a carb heavy meal.
Salads don’t have to be boring and bland at all, especially when you fill them with delicious vegetables and added extras. Some of the best veggies to add into your salads are cucumber, shredded carrot, potato salad, onion and red peppers; you could even add chickpeas, cous cous and other pulses to bulk it out if you’re feeling extra hungry.
There are so many ways you can incorporate vegetables into your desserts. Even though this might sound quite bizarre to you at the moment, you should definitely give it a try. If you’re having people round for a dinner party you might want to try chocolate avocado mousse; you won’t even be able to tell that your dessert is made up of a green vegetables. Simply blitz it up with a little natural cacao powder and a squeeze of honey and you will have the perfect divine dessert.
Whether you’re planning a dinner party with friend or you simply want to up your cooking game to the next level, there are so many reasons to start using more vegetables. As you can see, there are so many different types of dishes to try and none of them contain an ounce of meat. As soon as you have tried these ideas, you will be hooked on the veggie train forever!