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L Boogie
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New ideas for vegetables
We have been cooking a ton in the last few months, obviously, which is great because we both like it and we're able to try out some new things that we haven't done before.

We are both meat eaters, but I try to put some sort of veggie as a side with every meal I make, because food groups.

However, aside from the general roasting of zucchini, carrots, asparagus, etc., I've hit a wall in terms of finding exciting ways to prepare the veggies.

What are some of your favorite veggies and some of your favorite ways to prepare them, roasting aside?

Or, if you roast, what do you use instead of just olive oil and S&P? Plain old roasted is great, but it's also boring. I need a fresh take.


nerd guy
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re: New ideas for vegetables
Roasted cauliflower pieces seasoned with cumin, curry, salt and garam masala. But yea, they're roasted

Grilled corn on the cob is always good.
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re: New ideas for vegetables
We have been doing kabobs on the grill and adding different seasoning.

Zucchini, squash , red and yellow onions, mushrooms etc.
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jamboybarry
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re: New ideas for vegetables
Diced roasted sweet potatoes are good with a mix of brown sugar, cinnamon and cajun seasoning. Makes a good salty sweet combo

Also roasted broccoli with lemon and roasted brussell sprouts with balsamic, green apples dices and bacon.


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LouisianaLady
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When I was doing one of those meal kit services, they had "fajita corn". It was very simple. Add drained or frozen corn (I had 5oz when I made it) to a hot pan and heat until warmed through. Stir in ~1/3c water, fajita or taco seasoning, and 2oz light cream cheese. Stir until cream cheese melts. Stir in chopped cilantro.

I doubt the proportions matter, though.


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Gris Gris
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re: New ideas for vegetables
I don't eat a lot of cooked carrots, but I recently remembered a gingered carrot recipe we used to make often. Delicious and looks pretty on the plate. It's from Private Collection 2 which is a California Jr. League cookbook.

Gingered Carrots

7-8 Medium carrots
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons butter
chopped parsley

Directions

Cut carrots on the bias in 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick slices. Cook covered, in boiling salted water until just tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain
Combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and ginger in a small saucepan. Add orange juice and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and bubbles. Boil 1 minutes and then stir in butter. Pour over hot carrots and toss. Garnish with parsley.

There are lots of recipes out there for stuffing zucchini and squash. You top tomato halves with an herb bread crumb/panko/parmesan topping and bake those. I love baked homegrown tomatoes. I also take the grape or cherry tomatoes, toss in pesto, top with fresh mozz and bake. Looking forward to doing some homegrown tomato halves that way.

If you haven't ever roasted radishes, give it a try. Whole new sweet flavor profile when done that way.

Saute a little fresh spinach until wilted and add some finely chopped sweet onion and top with crispy bacon.

I cut asparagus spears into thirds and saute them quite often in olive oil or butter or a mix of both. Season as you like.

Look up Alon Shaya's whole roasted cauliflower recipe. It's a procedure, but it's not difficult and is outstanding in flavor. You can re-use the liquid for other vegetables as well, like broccoli or brussel sprouts.


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Jalapeno_Business
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re: New ideas for vegetables
I’ve been sautéing green beans in olive oil with shallots, garlic, red chili flakes, salt, and pepper. Heat the oil in the cast iron, then toss everything else in and keep it moving until the green beans soften.

The shallots provide a sweetness and caramelize nicely and the red chili flakes add a nice punch of heat.


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OysterPoBoy
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re: New ideas for vegetables
I thought this was a thread looking for ideas for new vegetables. I'd like to see something like a carrot but you didn't have to cook it down to make it soft. More of a cooked carrot taste and feel while the carrot is still in it's raw state.


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I'd like to see something like a carrot but you didn't have to cook it down to make it soft. More of a cooked carrot taste and feel while the carrot is still in it's raw state.


You can probably modify many carrot recipes by not cooking them as much. You can certainly do that with the one I posted above. You could just barely simmer them or give them a quick saute and serve with the sauce. Or, just toss them raw in the sauce and warm a bit.


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KirkLazarus
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re: New ideas for vegetables
A Carrot/Onion hybrid

we can call it a Canyon


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Jax-Tiger
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re: New ideas for vegetables
The easy answer is Mexican Street Corn.

I made that yesterday and paired it with grilled portabello mushrooms that I topped with a mixture of tomato, garlic, mozzarella cheese, and fresh herbs.


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L Boogie
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re: New ideas for vegetables


If anyone happens to have information on new/hybrid veggies, by all means, send them my way.


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LSUEnvy
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re: New ideas for vegetables
Eggplant parm


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hungryone
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re: New ideas for vegetables
Flip the script and stop thinking of veggies as the side: make them as essential as the meat. Thai curries made with coconut milk are an awesome way to serve just as many veggies as meat in a dish and satisfy even carnivores. Water chestnuts, carrots, onion. potato, eggplant, mushrooms, etc all are delicious in a green curry along with some chicken.

Try stir frying with garlic and ginger and soy instead of roasting.

Roast with herbes de Provence or toss some aromatics on the pan instead of just salt and pepper: smashed cloves of garlic, sliced shallots, fresh rosemary or thyme....


L Boogie
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re: New ideas for vegetables
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Thai curries


This is a great idea. I LOVE Thai curries, fiance' is not a fan.

Whatever, he can make a sandwich


nes2010
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re: New ideas for vegetables
You could do an Asian stir fry. Lots of options for that.


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r3lay3r
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re: New ideas for vegetables
Same with asian stir-fry or Indian preps, both have many vegetarian dishes. Most of my vegetable are usually prepped on the stovetop or grilled; either sauteed, stir-fried or some other way so I don't have to turn the oven.

Mediterranean dishes. I made one a couple weeks ago using zucchini, yellow squash and roma tomato slices. Tossed the rounds in olive oil, lemon juice and spices, then spread them out in a single layer on parchment and roasted at 425 until for about 30 minutes, flipping about half way to be even roasting on both sides. Cooked another similar prep where the slices were alternated and staggered in a casserole, topped with grated parm and baked for about 30-40 minutes. Both are good alterative to my usual sauté of squash, onion and bell pepper with a little butter and usually tarragon or herb Provençal.


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re: New ideas for vegetables
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Roasted cauliflower pieces seasoned with cumin, curry, salt and garam masala
Good call. Garam Masala usually already has cumin and curry in it.


Degas
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Try stir frying with garlic and ginger and soy instead of roasting.
Braised baby bok choy. Stir fry them until they start to brown, toss in whatever Asian stuff you want including a bit of liquid, cover until tender.


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rmc
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re: New ideas for vegetables
Steamed broccoli with cheese melted
Potatoes sliced and cheese melted on it
Corn on the cobb steamed/buttered
Fried Okra
Fried Squash


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