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Cook Your Vegetables Right: 3 Ways to Spice Up Your Meal

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Vegetables are the best way to get a lot of fibre, minerals and vitamins into your diet. Vegetables and fruits should compose a minimum of 33% or 5 portions a day (according to NHS UK), however, these guidelines are only the absolute minimum, and in reality, we need more to maintain a healthy diet.  

Preparing your vegetables in a delicious way, with flavoursome spices and sauces can make it much easier to increase their consumption. In this article, we want to give your 3 examples of how to create the most delicious side dish from simple ingredients. They are sugar-free, and only include natural ingredients.

These sauces work as marinades and enrich the vegetable with the most mouth-watering flavours. You should coat the vegetables fully in the marinade, but it is not necessary to leave it to soak.

Marinade 1.

  • Tahini
  • Water
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Chilli powder

Marinade 2.

  • Sriracha sauce
  • Nutritional yeast

Marinade 3.

  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Dried Basil
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper

(Alternatively you can use an Italian spice mix available in most supermarkets).

All you need to do is mix the marinade ingredients together and coat your vegetables, then bake in the oven for the required cooking time. You do not have to be precise with the measurements of the marinade ingredients, as coating will even them out on the vegetables (accept for too much salt or pepper, so add that to your taste). These marinades will work with almost any vegetable, for example, broccoli, aubergine, peppers, mushrooms, baby corn, zucchini and many others.

I encourage you to try out different vegetables, of different colours to maximise the diversity of your diet and ensure a variety of nutrients in your meals.

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