Vegetable Quickies

Introduction:Have you ever wondered why we keep on serving the same old vegetable dishes week in and week out? Would you like to have new ideas for vegetable quickies? Keep reading!

  • 01

    Red Cabbage

    Red cabbage is a good change from the old green stand-by. Shred, wash and drain a head of red cabbage. Cook in microwave about 10 minutes to a crispy stage. Peel two medium apples and slice. Add apples and toss with vinegar and oil. You may also sprinkle with caraway seeds. Prior to serving, reheat a minute or two.

  • 02

    Microwave Cottage Potatoes

    With wisdom accumulated by age, I've succumbed to frozen mashed potatoes that cook in the bag. After cooking in microwave, mash or blend potatoes and fold in 1 cup large curd, low-fat cottage cheese. Put in 1-quart casserole dish. Sauté ½ medium onion in olive oil and stir into potatoes. Dot with butter (I use Smart Balance) and return to microwave for a couple of minutes. Season with Lawry's seasoning pepper, salt if desired. Sprinkle with paprika and serve.

  • 03

    Lightening Quick Hominy

    Hominy is another southern food that our northern friends may not have tasted. It marries beautifully with sour crème and you can prepare it in a flash. Drain hominy (yellow is prettier than white for this dish) and pour into skillet. Add two tablespoons butter and 1 cup low-fat sour crème. Heat on low about 5-6 minutes, stirring often. Season and serve.

  • 04

    Spinach Says-Me

    Easy-breezy sesame spinach will delight your family of spinach lovers. Heat 2 tablespoons sesame seed oil in skillet on medium heat. Add 2-3 cloves minced garlic and stir-fry about 1 minute. Add 1 package pre-washed fresh spinach leaves and sauté until spinach is wilted. Season with crushed red pepper.

  • 05

    Sweet Tater Oven Fries

    Southern women used to fry sweet taters in lard, but let's not. Oven baked fries are tasty and more heart healthy. Peel and slice 2 (or more) sweet potatoes into wedges. In separate bowl stir together: ½ teaspoon ground red pepper, ½ teaspoon ground cumin and ½ teaspoon salt (if desired). In a larger bowl put 1 tablespoon Canola oil and spices. Stir. Coat the sweet potato wedges with oil and spices. Arrange one layer of coated sweet potato wedges on cookie sheet. Bake until crisp. Eat'em up!




Final Thoughts

In "Let's Eat at Home" by Julie Benell, former food editor of Dallas Morning News, Julie writes: "Vegetables are the stepchildren of creative cooking." Consider adopting my vegetable quickies so that the poor vegetable stepchildren become part of your family!




Comments

  • goodselfme 3/21/2016 Flag This Comment

    Coming back with another well deserved h5.

  • tracyann 12/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent Healthy List!

  • snowfence 2/23/2011 Flag This Comment

    Thanks for the vegetable quickies. H5!

  • ListingToTheLeft 1/3/2011 Flag This Comment

    The spinach and sweet taters sound delightful! YUMMY!

  • Traqqer 1/3/2011 Flag This Comment

    These are getting me hungry at 8:30 in the morning. The cabbage and spinach dishes sound enticing.....I'll have to try them out this week.

  • penelope7 1/3/2011 Flag This Comment

    All sounds wonderful. I love red cabbage and want to prepare hominy too. The sour cream addition sounds great. Thanks for sharing. H5

  • workhomeunion 1/2/2011 Flag This Comment

    The "Sweet Tater Oven Fries" sounds really good, think I'll give it a try.. wish me luck.

  • goodselfme 1/2/2011 Flag This Comment

    Your list of quickie vegetables makes me what to jaunt over to your home for all of these recipes already prepared. The best I can do is make them using your delicious sounding tips.Thank you.

  • ponchomeg 1/2/2011 Flag This Comment

    Mmmm.... I love veggies, and all these things sound yummy! (Interesting thing to note, I am a Northerner for sure, but both of my parents' families came from the South, so I know about Hominy! It makes me feel kind of proud that I know about it! haha) Thanks for sharing these great ideas. I want to make some of these ASAP. :)

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