I hear this all the time "I hate eating vegetables because they are so bland". I agree, some vegetables aren't very appetising, especially if you have had a really big day and are starving. So I have come up with a solution to that problem - flavour and lots of it! Yep, it is super easy to flavour your healthy vegetables and doing this can literally make or break a dish. Next time you need to add a side of veggies, try these 3 easy ways to flavour your vegetables and never eat bland again!
Try adding some whole sprigs of fresh herbs to your vegetables while they are steaming. Some of my favourites are parsley, thyme or dill. You could also chop up the fresh herbs and scatter over the top of the vegetables once they are cooked.
Making a pesto from the fresh herbs is another way to add loads of flavour to either raw or cooked vegetables. Simply blitz with a little olive oil, garlic, nuts and parmesan cheese. Add the pesto while the vegetables are still hot and serve straight away or stir the pesto through your salad ingredients for a flavoursome salad option.
Next time you go to steam your veggies, add some lemon juice to the steaming water, or add a few slices of lemon or lemon zest to the vegetable as they are steaming. Green beans, broccoli and zucchini are good choices to use.
For oven baked vegetables, try marinating your vegetables before cooking them by mixing the juice of half a lemon with 1 tbsp of oil and some chopped fresh herbs together. Toss the vegetables in the mix and bake in the oven.
The lemon juice, olive oil and fresh herb mix is also good to use as a dressing for a fresh garden or greek salad (my fave!). If you want a little more tang you can also add a little lemon zest.
Vegetable Broth or Stock
When stir frying vegetables, adding some broth or stock adds flavour and reduces the need to add too much oil. A mix of 1 tbsp vegetable broth or stock and 1 tbsp oil is good to get the stir frying process started. If you find that your vegetables are sticking to the pan, add some more stock or broth. Vegetable stock or broth can also be added to your mashed vegetable dishes, such as sweet potato or cauliflower mash. Just remember if you are buying your broth or stock to choose a salt-reduced variety!
I hope you try one of these easy ways to add flavour to your veggies next time you are cooking. My personal favourite is adding lemon juice and herbs!
Love, Kayla xx