We all know by now that it’s important to include lots of fresh vegetables in your diet.  Colorful veggies are a great source of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.  On top of that they’re low in calories, so what’s not to love?

If you’re just starting to integrate more vegetables into your diet, it can be challenging to figure out how to prepare them.  Different cooking methods work best for different vegetables.  The list below suggests techniques for specific foods.  There are other cooking methods that would work for these foods; this list just provides a place to begin.

Good to eat raw:
  • Bell Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Crimini Mushrooms
  • Cucumbers
  • Fennel
  • Jicama
  • Salad greens
  • Sugar Snap Peas

Good to eat steamed:
Video on how to steam here.
  • Asparagus
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard
  • Collard Greens
  • Green Beans
  • Kale

Good to eat sautéed:
Video on how to saute here.
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Snow Peas
  • Summer Squash
  • Zucchini

Good to eat baked:
Baked acorn squash recipe here.
  • Potatoes
  • Summer Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Winter squash

Good to eat roasted:
Basic roasted vegetable recipe here.
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Turnips

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