It's easy to fall into a rut when it comes to vegetables and default to your favorite bagged varieties, but there's more to life than frozen peas and corn. Experimenting with new vegetable recipes -- and using familiar ones in new ways - is a great way to liven up the dinner table. Add a touch of butter and heavy cream to steamed parsnips, purée, and you've got a silky, unexpected side dish. Roast cauliflower florets, then drizzle with browned butter. Bake a halved spaghetti squash and toss the pasta-like strands with olive oil (they're a good stand-in for real noodles in a pinch, too!). Whether you grill, stir-fry, or use your vegetables in a salad, you'll be happy to welcome new ideas to the table. Check out your local farmers market for more ideas - seeing what's in season is great inspiration.See Popular Vegetables Recipes
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So you enthusiastically grilled up a massive amount of vegetables at your last cookout, and they weren't quite as popular as the barbecue chicken, steak, and burgers coming off the flames? We've all been there--your intentions were in the right place!--and yet we guarantee it'll happen again sometime over the summer months.
A carrot used to be a carrot and a tomato a tomato. But today, consumers are increasingly interested in how their veggies are grown, which has changed all that. Here are some labels you might come across when shopping for vegetables to help you separate the meaningful from the meaningless.
Bitter greens are healthy, delicious and green vegetables
Visit the Farmer's Market this time of year and you'll see tables overflowing with ripe tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants -- all members of a family of vegetables known as "nightshades." (The scientific family name is Solanaceae.) The "deadly nightshade" or belladonna plant is part of the same family and, as the name suggests, is highly toxic.
When you are wanting a quick cooking side dish go to this herbed couscous with vegetables, which can be made in under 20 minutes.
This hearty beef stew is good for you thanks to lean beef and lots of vegetables, yet it tastes just like traditional versions.
Learn how to saute vegetables in a skillet with these expert tips for how to manipulate the pan for even cooking.
This vegetarian and gluten free stir fry dish, with crunchy vegetables and satisfying tofu, can be on your dinner table in 30 minutes or less.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced what many of us already suspected: urban farmers markets are springing up everywhere as the demand for fresh fruit and vegetables continues to skyrocket. The blog Huff Post Food says the number of "direct-sales markets" has grown by almost 10% over the past year, with -- surprise!
Most vegetables do best when stored in the fridge, but not all of them. The exceptions? Potatoes, onions and tomatoes.
When you think grilling, you probably think steak, burgers, and the only thing that makes chicken breasts interesting. You probably don't think of grilled vegetables. But vegetables can have a surprising range of flavor when cooked al fresco.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are amazing. Most of my job is, in fact, to cook with and write about these wonders. And yet ...
For a hearty, all-in-one dish this pork chops with vegetables main dish is perfect - there is no need for a side dish. The lean meat of pork accompanied by the vegetables make this a nutrient and protein packed meal.
For a simple dinner or appetizer, try this sweet potato gnocchi with fresh garden vegetables and ham.
Autumn is right around the corner, says my calendar. But a quick trip to your local farmers market or vegetable stand might convince you otherwise. A bounty of fresh produce -- everything from blueberries, basil, and lettuce to early apples and summer squash -- is in season right now, just waiting to be enjoyed.
Okay, folks. We all know when it comes to vegetables, the goal is at least five servings a day, right? It's been drummed into our heads for years.