Every June 17 is ‘Eat Your Vegetables Day,’ so I figured it was the perfect time to list my favorite vegetables and find out which ones make your list.
What are your favorite vegetables? If you’re like me, you don’t eat enough of them, particularly those of the green variety. But just in time for “Eat Your Vegetables Day,”here are my faves!
Come on, isn’t this everyone’s favorite? Whether you’re talking about baked or fried, potatoes are great. Unfortunately, they’re starch so they’re not of nearly the nutritional value of other options. Why do they have to taste so good?
Aside from potatoes, corn is probably next in line among the least useful vegetables when you consider greens and other options. I love corn on the cob and cut corn as well. I also enjoy creamed corn as well. And for breakfast, I’ll sometimes have a bowl of grits, which are ground from corn.
Carrots have long been said to be good for the eyes because they contain beta-carotene, a form of Vitamin A.
There’s a lot you can do with carrots, too, so you have plenty of options.
Lettuce is the foundation of a good salad, but it’s not the most nutritious of the vegetable options. But, the good thing is it does take up some space in your stomach to prevent you from eating too much of a less-healthy alternative!
If I’m going to have broccoli, I prefer it steamed. One of my favorite meal options of late is a hibachi dinner at a local Japanese restaurant and they include a generous helping of steamed broccoli in their dishes.
6. Bell Peppers
One of the things I like about bell peppers, besides the mild taste and the vitamins is the bright colors. They come in green, yellow, orange and red and are an attractive way to add another healthy ingredient to a dish.
I tend to prefer spinach leaves over lettuce if I’m having a salad because I know spinach has more nutritional value. I also liked creamed spinach, which isn’t as healthy, but more palatable then just the greens by themselves.
Aside from protein and fiber, peas, also known as Early Peas or June Peas, have a nice flavor. They can make a nice side or can be added to soups or stews.
I don’t eat a great deal of onions because I’m liable to share a few scraps with the dog and onions are definitely not good for our canine friends.
But onions, when used sparingly, do add a good deal of flavor.
And Vidalia onions are a particular favorite. You can core the onion and place it in a microwave dish with a bit of water and a chicken bullion cube in the center and microwave for a few minutes for a really nice, easy and healthy treat.
I have collard greens every January 1st as part of that superstition many families have embraced over the years. Some say collard greens mean cash and black-eyed peas mean coins. My family’s take is that collard greens mean money and the peas mean health.
But there’s an asterisk there for a reason: I’m particular about how they’re cooked. I was spoiled early on by a restaurant in Lexington, South Carolina that no longer exists. Their collard greens had the most incredible flavor you’d get out of any green. I’m told their recipe involved a certain amount of baking soda to cut the natural acid that would otherwise leave a bitter taste. There was a pinch of sugar, too, but the collards didn’t taste sweet. And, since it was the south, they were flavored with pork, too.
So the recipe wouldn’t get an A+ from a nutritionist, but it’d sure make me eat my greens!
That’s my list. What are your favorite vegetables?