Vegetables no longer have to be a mandatory side dish with these enticing vegetable recipes. Besides the fact that the results are delicious they are also high in nutrients if cooked and prepared properly. Some basics on how to prepare popular vegetable recipes are listed below.
-Cut half-cooked potatoes, raw onions, carrots and bell peppers (green, red or even yellow) into bite size pieces.
-Toss in a large bowl with peeled garlic cloves (your taste) enough virgin olive oil to coat and a sprinkle of kosher salt and fresh ground peppercorns to taste.
-Spread on a thick baking sheet and put into a 450-degree oven.
-In about 10 minutes they should be done (keep checking) when the juices caramelize just a touch.
-Garnish with cut parsley fresh from your herb garden. Simple and oh so tasty.
-In a large thick bottomed kettle with a little olive oil, quickly cook up onions and smashed garlic until translucent.
-Add chopped carrot and celery and stir until just short of browned.
-Add stock to amount that you need (your choice: vegetable or chicken)
along with salt and pepper.
-Simmer for half an hour and then add potatoes, or pasta, or egg noodle (again your choice) and toss in some shitake or button mushrooms (both if you’re in the mood).
-Return to slow simmer and let cook for an hour.
-Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a garnish of scallions.
Amounts are variable and the chef should trust their instincts.
-Hint: an addition to the broth can be made from potato peelings that will thicken the soup a bit over a longer cooking period. Don’t be afraid to let it simmer. Soup should never be hurried.
-Prepare one pound of lasagna noodles as directed on the box. Set aside (on a very-very lightly oiled sheet, so they don’t stick together).
-Boil up two or three cans of tomato sauce (maybe your own homemade sauce) seasoned with chopped garlic, ground pepper and some fresh cut basil.
-Add one diced zucchini to sauce and cook together five minutes – remove from heat.
-In a large baking dish, coat the sides with a portion of the tomato sauce.
-Cover the bottom of the dish with a layer of lasagna noodles.
-Sprinkle ricotta cheese over the noodles and cover that with some tomato sauce with zucchini, then add a layer of washed and stemmed spinach leaves (a few leaves thick).
-Add another layer of noodles, ricotta cheese, tomato sauce, spinach, etc.
-When all the layers are assembled grate Parmesan cheese on top and toss into a 350-degree oven for an hour.
There are many variations of vegetable soup, vegetable lasagna and a thousand versions of vegetable casseroles. As a side dish or as the whole meal, vegetable recipes are sure to fit any occasion.