How to Incorporate Produce to Make Meals Healthier

This week, I’ve been looking at different ways in which we can make cooking healthier. Specifically, looking in terms of how we make our food, and what we can add to it or subtract from it to make it healthier.

Adding vegetables or even fruits to your meals is a simple thing to do to make your meals healthier overall. The idea behind this is pretty simple. Not only are produce loaded with vitamins and minerals necessary for proper body function, using them in your food also displaces more fat and calorie dense foods like meat, cheese, pasta etc, allowing you to fill up with less fat, sodium, and calories. This post will explore ideas for incorporating produce in your cooking.

Vegetables, especially leafy greens, are extremely versatile ingredients that can be slipped into a variety of dishes you already make. Here are a few examples:

Grilled Cheese ( or other sandwiches)
Add in your favorite vegetables and use slightly less cheese to give this classic a boost. Take a look at my posting A Better Grilled Cheese for my take on a healthier grilled cheese.

Pasta
Next time you decide to make some pasta try throwing in some frozen veggies for a complete meal in one dish. For a better mac and cheese trying wilting down some spinach to add in for a guilt free treat.

Baked dishes like hotdish or casseroles
Add a bag of frozen veggies, or chopped greens, to your next hotdish or casserole, sky is the limit to what you can do.

Soups
Along with hotdish, Soups are a canvas in which food art can be created. Go crazy. Add in whatever veggies you can get your hands on. A soup is a great way to use up those greens in the fridge that are starting to wilt.

Now. What do you do if you live in a household of veggie haters, but want to feed them meals that will provide the nutrients they need to stay healthy? The easiest way to add veggies to your cooking undetected is to puree them and then add them to your family favorites:

This week I tried out a store bought pasta sauce that contained over half of a daily serving of vegetables in a single serving of sauce. There was no detectable difference from a regular spaghetti sauce. To read about my trial click here. For a homemade sauce recipe containing a variety of pureed veggies, try out this recommended recipe from Mommy’sKitchen.net.

For more ideas on how to sneak veggies into your cooking, explore cites like mommy’skitchen.net, or books like Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld that are loaded with more tried, successful recipes from mom’s of picky eaters.

Thanks for stopping, The world of cooking is your oyster, get creative with vegetables in your cooking, and then please come back to share your experiences!

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