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5 Gourmet Vegetable Recipes Everyone Will Love

vegetable recipes -- mccormickDOTcom [1]We all know that most of us don’t eat enough vegetables, despite the fact they’re loaded with health benefits.

But sometimes when we think of them, the memories of soggy, bland veggies on our plates come to mind. We can change all of that. Below are a few of the sweetest, most flavorful vegetable recipes I have discovered while trying to replace “green grime” with gourmet goodness.

The ingredients you will need for these recipes can be found in your garden or at your local farmer’s market. They are: beets, ginger, virgin coconut oil, honey, carrots, peas, onions, virgin olive oil, spaghetti squash, sugar snap peas, celery, broccoli, mushrooms, red pepper and zucchini.

1. Beets

Beets reduce inflammation, but sometimes their flavor is lacking. Well, I’m confident that this recipe will make your mouth water. These are great paired with barbeque chicken and spinach.

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Honey-ginger beets

2. Carrots

How about carrots? I know plenty of people that like carrots, but I didn’t until I tried this recipe. Carrots are known for improving eyesight, and one of my friends is convinced that carrots cured his prostate cancer. This is a recipe for sumptuous peas and carrots, based on a recipe taught to me by a friend from France. These are delicious paired with grilled steak and mashed potatoes.

French-style peas and carrots:

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3. Spaghetti squash

When I was about 16 years old my dad tried serving spaghetti squash in the place of pasta one night. I don’t blame him, as spaghetti squash has only half the calories and far more nutrients than pasta. But I didn’t like it at all. It was crunchy. Crunchy spaghetti was just not right. But now I have figured out a way of cooking it that makes me say “no” to pasta without batting an eye. At least once a week, my husband and I indulge in a wonderful pasta dish without worrying about high calories or low nutrients. Spaghetti squash is good paired with anything you would pair with regular pasta.

Scrumptious spaghetti squash:

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4. Sugar snap peas

Sugar snap peas are high in vitamin C. I personally love them so much I snack on them fresh. Growing up, my dad taught me that they make an awesome stir-fry. Stir-fry is a great meal on top of spaghetti squash, or just by itself. Here is the recipe for the delicious nutritious meal I enjoyed almost every night in college.

Spectacular stir-fry:

5. Zucchini

Zucchini is high in protein and magnesium. But I never liked zucchini until I tried this recipe, once again inspired by my French friend. This has a flavor and consistency that makes me think of buttery pasta. I enjoy this paired with cod and fresh greens.

Zucchini and mushrooms:

Vegetables are the main dish toward better health. Often, we are too busy focusing on how many nutrients and health benefits are in coffee or chocolate to remember that veggies are the most nutrient-dense and balanced foods available to us. They have protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, healthy carbs, healthy fats … and the list goes on.

Incorporate these recipes into your weekly meals and I guarantee that not only will you be enjoying the way your food tastes but you will also be enjoying the way your food makes you feel.

What are your favorite “gourmet vegetable” recipes? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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