You expect that once you have children, you’ll be undertaking the constant battle of encouraging them to eat their vegetables. But, how many of you thought you’d have to do it with your partner too? It’s an ongoing struggle in our house trying to find new ways to sneak vegetables into dishes so that my partner doesn’t end up with a vitamin deficiency.
I do have to hold my hands up and say i’m not the best with vegetables either. There are very few that I love and it is a mammoth task trying to make me eat a new one, but I eat them. My partner on the other hand acts like the world is going to end when you try to feed him a grape or a carrot. Obviously force feeding is not the way forward, but I have had to find some ways to encourage him to pursue a more balanced diet. Let me tell you, it hasn’t been easy.
This is less for vegetables and more for fruit. However, there are plenty of vegetables that you can blend into smoothies, such as;
The secret is to balance out the savoury and possibly bitter flavours of the vegetables with sweeter fruits. Some great fruits to balance out with these vegetables include:
Looking for a sweet and savory soup recipe?
Stews and hot pots
Another great way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet is by basically covering everything in gravy. Hot pots and stews are the best way to go about this because you can jam pack the dish with meat and vegetables, all the nutrients are still there, but the vegetables are now soft and taste like delicious stock and gravy. The best vegetables to include in a stew are:
Try this Roasted Pomodoro Tomato and Avocado soup recipe here!
Put them in an omelette
Everyone likes eggs right? The excellence in this idea is that this is a fantastic way to get vegetables in at breakfast, already putting you one step ahead of everyone else. You can pretty much put anything in an omelette, and if you want to hide the taste of the vegetables, then why not add cheese, chilli flakes or plenty of pepper to the dish? If you can get at least two vegetables in your morning omelette then it’s a weight off your mind trying to cram vegetables into the last meal of the day. My personal favourites are:
- Red pepper
Have you got a fussy partner at home? Share your tips on filling them up with vegetables.
Originally published March 6, 2021