I grew up absolutely hating anything related to vegetables, and it was only when I moved out that I realised what a profound effect my mothers terrible treatment of vegetables had left upon me! Jokes are often made about the blandness of British cooking, and while they are for the most part complete lies, nothing could be truer with regards to vegetables in Britain. For some reason, the only way to cook them here in the UK is to boil them or steam them. The result is so horrible that most British people end up having to drown their vegetables in a thick gravy in order to mask the real taste, which is really tragic when you think about it.
Well, having travelled the world and partaken of various cuisines, I am here to change that, and to show you some vegetable recipes that taste great, need no be covered in gravy to be edible, and will convince your children for life that vegetables can be tasty too. This, my friends, is the key to healthy living. When it is delicious, they will eat it. When it is bland and boring, they will grow up thinking that is how vegetables simply are, and will never eat them because of it. Time to change that with these to delicious vegetable recipes:
This takes a little time to prepare and uses a little meat, but really makes standard peppers into an absolute treat. You will need:
– 2 sweet peppers
– Some grated cheese
– Some cooked rice, any kind is fine
– A slice of bacon or ham
– Some mushrooms
– One clove of garlic
– Half a minced onion
Start by cutting your peppers in half and getting rid of the seeds inside. Make sure you leave the green stem bit in though, or your stuffed bits will all fall out later. Put these in the oven and cook on medium for about 10-15 minutes while we get the stuffing ready.
Cut the mushrooms and bacon up into really small bits, then fry them together with the garlic for a little while. Throw your cooked rice in – about a cup or two – and mix it all together thoroughly. When that’s warmed up, take the peppers out and stuff them with the rice/ham/mushroom mix, being careful not to burn your fingers on the hot peppers. If they aren’t cooked yet, just bung them back in the oven after stuffing and warm it all up. When they’re done, it’s time to take them out, sprinkle a little grated cheese on top, and finally grill them to get the cheese golden and the top layer of stuffing nice and crispy. Gorgeous, and while not the healthiest vegetable recipe in the world, it is a good start into the world of delicious vegetables. Move on to the next recipe another day when you are ready for more!
Vegetable Stir Fry:
Despite what many of us believe about Chinese food, a lot of it doesn’t actually contain meat! The reason is that in China, meat is expensive compared to America and Europe, so most meals consist of a large portion of vegetables. Here is a simple yet tasty vegetable only stir fry recipe. You will need (to serve a big family):
-1 oz of peanuts
– 2 tbsps brown sugar
– 7 oz of Chinese noodles
– 7 oz of broccoli
– 1 lb whole chestnuts
– 7 oz of green beans
– 200g of potatoes
– 2 onions
– 2 cloves of garlic
– 1 piece of ginger (get from the Asian supermarket)
– 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
– 6-10 tbsp of soy sauce (low fat/low salt variety is fine)
Peel the peanuts if need be, then add the sugar to a saucepan and caramelize them. Pre-cook the noodles according the the instructions on the packet, usually just in boiling water for less than 5 minutes.
Wash and chop all the vegetables, and strain the chestnuts. Peel and slice the onions, peel and crush the garlic, then peel the ginger and dice it. Pretty standard stuff really, but your kids will love helping.
Next, heat the oil in a big wok, and throw all the various vegetables in. You can’t really go wrong here. When they’re suitably done, stir in the strained noodles and chestnuts, and mix around thoroughly. Finally, season with the soy sauce and peanuts, and serve. Simple, yet delicious, and no meat involved! Who knew vegetables could be so deliciously simple~