8 easy ways to make vegetables taste great
Wondering how you can make your vegetables taste better and more flavourful?
Here are some simple tips to make vegetables taste so good, you won’t be able to get enough! Or at least you’ll easily eat your 5 serves a day.
Seasonings are essential to bring out the flavour of your vegetables. Salt is the bare minimum, and the right amount will make a huge difference.
Add salt gradually and taste as you go, they should taste more flavourful but not outright salty.
Try herbs and spices like paprika, cumin, oregano, chilli powder, curry powder, basil and more.
These Spiced Cauliflower Tacos use smoked paprika, mild chilli powder, ground cumin, salt and pepper together to make ultra-flavourful cauliflower bites.
Get the recipe: Spiced Cauliflower Tacos
Use oil or butter
A bit of oil or butter adds so much flavour to vegetables. Since veggies are low in fat, the right amount won’t compromise on the health of your meal.
Certain fats and oils also provide nutrients, it’s a win-win.
These Tarragon and Honey Parsnips and Carrots are roasted with butter, oil, tarragon and honey. They'll be the star of the show at your next Sunday roast.
Get the recipe: Tarragon and Honey Parsnips and Carrots
Adding something tangy will instantly brighten up your veggies and make them more interesting.
Try a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime before serving, or make a zingy dressing with equal parts vinegar and oil, a touch of mild mustard and a pinch of salt.
This tangy trick is what makes Sweet and Sour Pork so appealing. This particular recipe is stir-fried and full of veggies.
Get the recipe here: Sweet and Sour Pork
A sprinkle of cheese like parmesan or cheddar adds major flavour with minimal effort.
This Cheesy Layered Vegetable Bake is has five types of vegetables and the blend of cheeses it uses will make it a favourite.
Get the recipe here: Cheesy Layered Vegetable Bake
Roasting veggies until they have colour on them makes them amazingly tasty. Think of a well roasted piece of meat compared to a piece of boiled meat – you can apply that idea to your veggies, too.
This Eggs, Bacon and Sprouts Tray Bake is so good when you take the time to get great colour on your roasted vegetables.
Get the recipe: Eggs, Bacon and Sprouts Tray Bake
Whether pan-fried in fritters or deep-fried in batter like these Spicy Fried Cauliflower Bites, you just know that frying will make your vegetables delicious.
While you wouldn’t want to deep-fry your vegetables every single day, there’s no doubt that it makes them taste good.
Get the recipe: Spicy Fried Cauliflower Bites with Chilli Mayonnaise
Change their texture
Not fussed by the flavour but not into the texture? Try spiralising, grating or julienning your vegetables.
Perhaps you find chunks of zucchini unappetising, but turning them into zoodles and enjoying with pasta like in this Four Cheese Zoodle Spaghetti will change your mind.
Or you could disguise their texture by cooking it into a slice or a pie, like this Impossible Pasta Pie.
Get the recipe: Impossible Pasta Pie
None of these tips work? Luckily there are plenty of ways to hide your vegetables instead!
A serve of Veggie Packed Meatloaf already has one serve of hidden veggies in it. You can also click here for 5 simple tips to hide veggies in your food, or check out more delicious vegetable recipes below!
Get the recipe: Veggie Packed Meatloaf