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4 Easy Recipes Using Fresh Vegetables

A big part of green living is embracing natural ingredients. Vegetables from the produce section or farmer’s market come with less packaging and what’s trimmed away can be composted. However, actually changing your diet to include a lot of fresh vegetables is a different matter. What you really need are a few go-to recipes that are easy, quick, and delicious for any meal. Here are some of Western National‘s favorites.

1. Quick Veggie Scramble

Stir-frying vegetables is fast and easy. All you need is a small pan and a little oil. For an added touch of deliciousness, just add an egg. Scrambling one or two eggs directly into the vegetables adds a richness and weight to your stir-fry. It’s basically an omelet with the proportions reversed and is a subtly delicious way to serve up a veggie dish. This is a great side to make alongside your main course on a multi-burner stove.

2. Dip Platter

Dip platters have snuck vegetable content into many a diet by adding an extra tasty element. Just chop up a few carrots, broccoli, and other dip-ables. Then, plate them around a bowl of any dip your household enjoys. Whether your group enjoys hummus, ranch, or guac, a dip platter can be a great way to add veggies to the dinner spread.

3. Seasoned Steamed Broccoli

Want a veggie you can add to every plate and get everyone to try a little? Spiced steamed broccoli is a household staple. Chop broccoli into a sieve or colander and bring about an inch of water to a boil in the bottom of a saucepan. Prop the broccoli over the steam and toss in spices. Cover for a few minutes until your preferred balance of soft/crisp and serve.

4. Oven-Roasted Veggies

Roasting something in the oven? Throw in a pan of chopped potatoes, onions, carrots, yams, broccoli, bell peppers, or whatever your group enjoys. Add a light layer of oil and spices and they’ll come out like home fries. Turn once or twice during roasting and test for tenderness.

Be sure to shop seasonal when looking for fresh vegetables to prepare — they’re tastier and more sustainable! To find an apartment community that shares your practical green principles, contact us today.

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