Finding vegetables you and your family love can be a challenge. Most kids (and adults) groan at the thought of more broccoli with dinner.
Vegetables always seem to get the short end of the stick, but there are many vegetables you probably haven’t even thought to try that might be a hit for the whole family.
Jicama is a plain-looking Mexican root vegetable that taste like a mix of a potato and an apple. It’s versatile enough to make as a sweet veggie or a savory one and can be eaten raw or cooked. It’s a very firm vegetable and hard to cut so look for it pre-sliced in your local grocery store cooler. It looks like white carrot slices. A few ways to mix up your Jicama and incorporate it into your next family dinner:
•Chop it small and put it in a crock pot sprinkled with some cinnamon and stevia to sweeten it up like apple sauce, only it’s a veggie.
•Slice it thin and bake it with olive oil. It won’t be like your favorite burger joint’s French fries, but it’s a great healthy alternative.
•Eat it raw dipped in hummus and add some carrot sticks and celery sticks.
You’re probably thinking “wait, my kids hate cauliflower.” But did you know you can mix it up to be like mashed potatoes, rice, buffalo wings or even oatmeal? Cauliflower can be found at most grocery stores already grated or “riced.” This will save you a lot of time and mess in the kitchen.
•Replace rice or reduce to a half-and-half mix in your favorite dish. Cauliflower will take on the flavor of what you are cooking with it and I’ll bet your family won’t even notice you swapped it.
•Make mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. With the right amount of seasoning and flavor, it’s very similar.
•Love buffalo wings? Try cauliflower thinly sliced and baked with olive oil. Once it’s done, douse it in your favorite hot sauce and dip.
•Sweet tooth? Try riced cauliflower with some cinnamon and stevia warmed up. Add some maple syrup if you need help introducing your kids to it.
Still not buying it?
I get it, you probably aren’t as excited about these veggie options as I am. If you just hate vegetables try to sneak them in here and there. Try blending some spinach into your smoothie or chopping up some crunchy veggies very small or use a food processor and mix them into your next ground turkey or beef meal.
Give one or a two of these ideas a try or even a half-and-half mix of your old favorite with the new. You never know what you might find as a new favorite veggie.
Emily Countryman is a board certified health coach and owner of Ideal Wellness www.idealwellnesswa.com located at 2639 172nd St. NE Suite 104 in Smokey Point/Marysville She can be reached online at email@example.com.