7 Ways to Jazz Up Vegetables

Healthy eating isn't always on the brain this time of year, but when you have diabetes it's important to stay on track with your diet as much as possible during the holiday season.

In winter, it's normal to not crave the fresh, bountiful salads of summer, as the body is yearning for warmer, denser foods. You can still, however, eat plenty of vegetables - even if you're currently bored with your dietary routine.

Here are 7 ways to jazz up vegetables so they look and taste tantalizing.

1. Create cauliflower rice.

You can grate large chunks of caulifower to create cauliflower "rice." Steam the rice and add it to casseroles in place of grains, make a veggie and "rice" bowl or create a cauliflower pizza crust, top it with some cheese and sauce, and bake.

2. Roast your favorites.

You can roast nearly any vegetable you like, which adds a smoky, charred flavor to dishes. Chop up your favorite veggies, toss them in some olive oil, salt and pepper, and arrange them on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 F for about 25-30 minutes.

3. Make a veggie lasagna.

In place of noodles, you can use thin strips of zucchini or eggplant to create a lasagna. Simply alternate layers of "noodles," sauce, cheese or other fillings and bake as usual.

4. Create a hash.

A good way to use up odd, leftover veggies is to create a "hash"out of them. Chop them up and throw them in a skillet with some eggs and potatoes.

5. Make a simple soup.

Nearly any vegetable can be made in to a cream-of-veggie soup. In a stock pot, saute some onions and garlic in olive oil, add chopped veggies and chicken broth, season, cover and simmer until veggies are tender. Puree with an immersion or regular blender and stir in some heavy cream. Season to taste.

6. Whip up some veggie skewers.

For an easy holiday appetizer, create veggie skewers by slicing and dicing your favorite vegetables, seasoning them, sliding them onto skewer sticks, and either grilling them or searing them over a stove-top griddle.

7. Juice your veggies.

If you have a juicer, getting your vegetables is easy - just press them in the juicing machine along with some green apples or berries for sweetness.

Source: Diabetes Forecast

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