Four fantastic ways to eat your veggies this fall.
Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you should forget about produce. Healthy vegetables can provide a hearty, satisfying, delicious base for cold weather meals. They can even substitute for higher fat, carb and calorie foods. Consider these ideas for enjoying your veggies all autumn long.
Roasted Vegetables: Simple to make, roasted vegetables can be eaten as is, included in recipes or tossed into salads. The keys to cooking great roasted vegetables are high heat, consistent cut and appropriate timing. Use a hot oven, between 425 and 450 degrees. Cut your vegetables up in similar sizes so the pieces cook consistently. Then cook. Depending on the size of your pieces, root vegetables like carrots and beets, and also potatoes, should take 30-45 minutes, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, around 15-25, zucchini, bell peppers and tomatoes, only 10-20.
Sweet Potato Toast: Amazing but true, sliced sweet potatoes can be a great alternative to bread. It takes a little patience. Depending on your toaster, you may have to toast your slices twice. But once you perfect the proper cooking time, the possibilities for delicious open-faced sandwiches are endless. Try low fat cream cheese and sugar free jam for a yummy breakfast and avocado or tomato slices sprinkled with salt and pepper for a savory lunch or snack.
Squash Pasta: With its firm, stringy flesh, spaghetti squash is an amazing alternative to noodles. Once cooked, you can eat it any way you would spaghetti noodles. We recommend tossing with fresh tomatoes, herbs and garlic for a light but satisfying meal. Another great alternative is zucchini. Creative cooks use long strips of the veggie as a substitute for soba, spaghetti, even lasagna noodles!
Cauliflower Mash: Mashed potatoes are a favorite comfort food during cold weather. But they are also high in calories and carbs. This all cauliflower mash recipe weighs in with 107 calories and 10 carbs per ¾ cup serving, as opposed to the approximately 178 calories and 26 carbs you’ll consume eating full fat mashed potatoes. Not ready to go all the way? Try this recipe for a roasted garlic, potato and cauliflower combo mash.