When veggies make up a big chunk of your diet, they better taste good. Some people need nothing more than some broccoli and carrots in their raw form, but the rest of us? Well, let’s just say eating greens takes a little more effort.
Here are 14 ways you can make your vegetables taste amazing with minimal effort, from the best seasoning tips to how to cook them to perfection.
1. Roast Them
Is there anything better that roasted vegetables? The answer is no. Even someone who hates veggies will love the crispy, slightly charred taste.
Try this: Roasted Mixed Vegetables
2. Add Balsamic
Balsamic vinegar is such an understated way to give vegetables flavors. It’s low in calories, high in deliciousness, and takes about .5 seconds to work its magic.
3. Spice ‘Em Up
Herbs and spices do wonders to give your veggies drool-worthy flavor. Garlic pretty much makes even your least favorite greens taste amazing, and I can never get enough paprika, basil, ginger, oregano, rosemary…the list goes on. Experiment until you find a mix that works for you.
4. Mix Them With Fruit
It might sound weird, but the sweetness of fruit can do wonders when combined with bland veggies.
Try this: Vegan Apple Broccoli Salad
5. Steam Them
Just make sure they’re not mushy. Because no one wants to eat baby food over the age of three.
6. Add a Sauce
The easiest solution to making a veggie dish you’ll go crazy for is adding a tasty sauce. Make some stir-fry, a curry, or just load up with hot sauce. Just make sure your choice is low-sodium. Or better yet? Make your own.
Try this: Honey Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir-Fry
7. Add in Nuts or Seeds
Adding in nuts and seeds won’t just add nutritional benefits—they’ll also add flavor and crunch you won’t be able to stop munching on. Want to get extra fancy? Use a nut butter or tahini.
8. Add a Little Sweetness
I’m not telling you to turn your veggies into candy (although that would be delicious), but by adding a little maple syrup, you can sweeten things up without putting yourself in a sugar coma.
9. Grab the Salt Shaker
Just not too much! A little bit goes a long way in the flavor department.
Try this: Roasted Root Vegetables
10. Add Breadcrumbs
Aka, coat all your favorite veggies and bake them into crispy perfection.
11. Add a Little Zest
Spritz some lemon or lime on your veggies for a tangy burst of flavor.
Try this: Crispy Broccoli With Lemon and Garlic
12. Add Some Vegan Cheese
Blend up a vegan cheese with some cashews and nutritional yeast and it’ll instantly up the flavor of your veggies.
Try this: Life-Changing Vegan Cheese Sauce
13. Boost the Healthy Fats
Don’t be afraid of fat. By adding some coconut, olive, or avocado oil, you can add an extra boost of heart-healthy omega-3s to your plate.
14. Add Hummus
Yum. Need I say more?