Slice and Chop: Easy Cooking with Vegetables

 

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...

Cooking Guide:

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…

  • Avocados
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Sprouts

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!

Slice and Chop

And here's a free printable handout!

Slicing and Chopping Guide

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