Sometimes all it takes is a little know-how in order to make preparing fresh vegetables fun and approachable. Check out this fantastic guide to cooking veggies, based on how easy they are to slice and chop...
If a vegetable is easy to slice, then it’s important to cook it quickly. Overcooking it will result in a limp, bland, and sad-looking dish. Try preparing these vegetables on a grill, in a steamer, or in the microwave. They’re also great when sautéed in a pan on the stovetop.
If a vegetable is hard to chop, then you need to cook it until it’s tender. Undercooking it can reduce the flavor and make the veggies harder to eat. Roast these vegetables in the oven, boil them in a pan, or put them in a microwave or pressure cooker.
What About Vegetables That Are Best Raw?
Not all veggies benefit from cooking. Consider eating the following vegetables raw…
Throw these into your next sandwich for a nutrient boost with no stove or oven required.
You could also combine all of these veggies with a dash of olive oil and vinegar for a cool and refreshing salad.
Remember to follow food safety principles when dealing with these foods. Check out http://www.fda.gov/Food/ for a great guide to food-safe preparations.
Here's the poster that makes these lessons a snap!
And here's a free printable handout!
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Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.