How to Make Vegetables Delicious
Typically, North Americans aren't eating enough vegetables and I think part of the problem is that they don't know how to cook them so they taste delicious. Vegetables are full of vitamins, mineral and phytochemicals and are great for gut health. Their consumption has also been associated with a reduced risk in many cancers and an increased lifespan!
The key to making vegetables taste delicious is to cook them with oil, salt, pepper, herbs, cheese and/or bacon and to try to caramelize them a bit, if possible. That way your brain will associate fat, salt and flavour with vegetables and it will become much easier to get excited about them.
Which cooking oils to use:
When cooking at high heat, it is important to use oils with a high smoke point, the point at which the oil starts to break down, lose nutritional value and develop off flavours. Here is a list of oils I suggest using for baking vegetables:
- Light or Pure Olive Oil (Extra virgin, the darker green kind, is better for cold dishes such as salads)
- Canola Oil (My go-to)
- Peanut Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Coconut Oil.