How to prepare different vegetables

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I know the idea of shopping like the trendiest of vegans with a cart full of lush greens and things called bok choy seems unrealistic, but it’s totally doable. You just have to know what the heck to do with all the veggies once you buy them, right? Yes! I’ve got you covered.

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The picture above is a pretty standard grocery shopping trip for our house. Usually we buy lentils and quinoa which are pretty staple bases in a lot of the food we make. I also like to buy tempeh and tofu for added protein. I will do a grocery shopping haul soon so you can see all of my favorites.

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I am going to break each veggie down and offer two ways you can experiment making them. I think it’s much easier to try new things when you know what to do.

Eating a plant-based diet is one of the healthiest things you can do, and I love sharing tips fr how to make that as easy as possible.

Bell Peppers-

  1. Slice or chop them and stir fry them to add to a fajita or asian dish.

  2. Stuff them, cut the top off and scrape out seeds, stuff with quinoa or lentils and bake at 450 for 20 minutes.

Bok Choy-

  1. Slice the bok choy in half, marinate it in your fav sauce and grill it.

  2. Chop it in small pieces and add to a stir fry, but add it towards the end because the leaves wilt quickly.

Broccoli-

  1. Steam it and have it as a side dish, add a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle the “everything but the bagel” seasoning on it.

  2. Roast in the oven at 350 for about 25-30 minutes with a little olive oil and minced garlic.

Swiss Chard-

  1. Chop and sauté in coconut oil for about 5-7 minutes with a little sea salt.

  2. Remove the stem, spread hummus on the leaf and add some lentils and tofu or cooked mushrooms and quinoa and roll up and eat like a lettuce wrap.

Portobello Mushroom-

  1. Marinate and grill just like a steak!

  2. Slice and fry in teriyaki sauce on the stove, eat over quinoa or rice.

Artichoke-

  1. Steam and eat with hummus.

  2. Roast/bake in the oven click here for my recipe. 

Eggplant-

  1. Chop in 1 inch size cubes and fry in a little olive oil and add to any pasta dish.

  2. Slice in large discs then sprinkle with garlic salt and olive oil and grill.

 

I hope some of these ideas inspire you to get adventurous on your next shopping trip.