We all know we would be much healthier if we ate more fruits and vegetables. So I thought it would be fun to talk about some different type of veggies.
We all know about carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. But there are so many other ones out there.
Since I don't eat meat I like finding new vegetables so I can try different types of meals.
Like eggplant! How many of you have never had an eggplant before? They do look a bit strange and often people have no idea what to do with one once they purchase it.
I like eggplant cook many different ways. Even just grilled with some olive oil. Or, better yet, deep fried with a nice batter on it. Oh, wait, that isn't the best way to eat it if you are trying to eat healthy.
Many people like to substitute out the meat and use eggplant in the dish.
It's also a great and yummy way to make Lasagna. Just use your favorite sauce and cheese and layer it with the eggplant rather then using noodles.
Taste great and saves calories. Plus it's much healthier for you.
Spaghetti Squash is another vegetable many people have never had. Just pierce it with a knife and pop it in the oven at around 400 degrees for about 45 mins or until soft. When it's cool enough to handle cut it in half. The squash will be stringy like spaghetti. Scrape it out and use it as you would spaghetti.
A quick and easy recipe is to place the squash in a bowl and add 1 cup prepared pesto, 1 cup of sun dried tomatoes chopped up, 1/4 cup of chopped parsley, 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
Toss and enjoy. You can even add a bit of grated Parmesan cheese if you like.
Have you ever heard of Watermelon Radishes? They are pretty hard to find. But, you can always order some seeds and plant them yourself.
They are white on the outside and a pretty pink inside. The older the radish gets the more mellow the taste is.
These are great cut up in salads.
Also, Parsnips are a great vegetable that a lot of people have never had.
They look pretty much like a carrot but they are white.
My favorite way to have these are to just slice them up, put some olive oil on them with a bit of rosemary and salt sprinkled on top. Then roast them until browned and soften.
One of the best ways to not get bored with your new eating plan is to try different types of food. Things that you don't normally eat. Who knows, you may find out they will soon be your new favorite food.
If you have any unique vegetables I hope you will share them with us. Or if you have a great recipe you think we may enjoy then please post it so we can try it.
I hope you will try at least one of the vegetables above if you have not already done so. If you do, let me know what you think.