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Are you sick of eating steamed broccoli and carrots?
Veggies can be so bland and boring. But we choke them down because we want to be healthy! It’s so hard for me to be a good example of nutrition to my children because I don’t want to eat the vegetables either! I try to put on a smile, take a big bite of cauliflower, and act like I’m eating a candy bar.
But I’m no actor you guys.
And to be honest, I don’t think anyone is that good of an actor that they could sell cauliflower to a 2-year old. She sees right through me.
I learned this one simple cooking hack that transforms boring old vegetables into a culinary masterpiece! They look good, they taste good, I’ve had friends ask me for recipes (even though there isn’t one- I just use this one trick!!).
And the kids eat them without a fight!
Guess what else??? You don’t even need to make an extra trip to the store. This hack uses only 4 ingredients- and you have them all at home already!!! All you need is the veggie, butter, garlic, Salt/Pepper! That’s it!
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This trick works for ANY veggie!!! I’ve tried a ton of veggies and it always works.
Here’s the proof!
I cooked several varieties of vegetables using this one hack. I’ll show you a side by side image of the delicious cooked veggies and the boring steamed veggies that I’m used to. You’ll know which one I’m talking about!
In the images below, you’ll see me cook:
- A Veggie Mix (Onion, Green Bell Pepper, and Mushrooms- we eat this on top of chicken or pork chops all the time!)
Here’s my trick:
Step 1: Chop Up Your Veggies
Nothing fancy, just make em bite sized!
Step 2: Boil Veggies Until Al Dente (If Needed)
If you’re dealing with a hard veggie like carrots, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, asparagus, bok choy, Brussel sprouts, potatoes, etc. make sure you boil or steam the veggies first to soften them. Boil them until they are al dente (soft with a slight crunch left).
We don’t want mushy veggies here! After all, we haven’t even started the yummy cooking yet. This is just preparation.
If you use packaged frozen veggies, they have been precooked already and will be soft enough to skip this step.
Soft veggies (eggplant, squash, peas, zucchini, mushrooms, cabbage, spinach, bell peppers, etc.) are good to go- so don’t worry about boiling or steaming these. Just skip ahead to step 3!
Step 3: Throw It All In!
Ok, if I were some chef in a restaurant, I’d probably tell you to begin by melting the butter and garlic in a saute pan, then add your veggies, then saute lightly, taste the veggies, salt and pepper as needed, taste again… BLEH!!!!
I’m not a chef, and this is no restaurant.
I’m a mom, and I’m cooking dinner with several children pulling on my clothes while running in circles around my island while the baby eats the dog food and the toddler colors on my walls.
I’m not messing around here- I just need something yummy and healthy on the table without burning the house down! Is that too much to ask???
So screw the chef tricks!
Just throw your 4 ingredients in the pan- butter, salt/pepper, garlic, and of course the veggie.
Step 4: A Little Color
Allow the veggies to sit until they are slightly browned on one side, then stir them up so that they don’t burn. Wait for a few minutes between mixing so that the veggies get some nice charring (brown coloration) on all sides.
The char adds flavor that nicely compliments the salty, garlicy, buttery goodness that used to be nasty, bland veggies.
The best part about this is that I don’t need to sit and stir the pan all the time! I can take a quick brake to go take the crayon away from my toddler before my whole wall is colored pink or to pull the dog food out of baby’s mouth.
Perfect style of cooking for a busy mom!
Step 5: Eat!
And guess what?? You’re done! So easy, so tasty!!!
Here’s some of the amazing veggies that I’ve tried with this method. You can literally SEE the flavor!
The results really speak for themselves.
Look at the difference! Just wait until you taste the difference! I cooked some of my kids’ least favorite veggies today and they gulped them down like I fed them french fries!
I love it, and I love the peace of mind that comes from feeding my kids healthy food.
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