We know we should eat plenty of vegetables, but it can be hard to get the recommended 4 to 5 servings daily – there’s only so much broccoli, carrots, or spinach that we can fit in!
So to make it a little easier, we’ve got 3 super-easy ways to squeeze more veggies into your diet, practically effortlessly!
Crispy Kale Chips.
Even if you think you don’t like kale, you’ve got to try these kale chips. Just tear off the end and spread into a baking sheet, spray with a bit of olive oil (you can get these oil spritzers at most kitchen stores, and just add your own olive oil), and sprinkle with a little sea salt. Bake for 5-8 minutes, and I like to top mine with nutritional yeast (it’s a vegan product with a flavor really similar to parmesan but really low in calories, and it’s one of the top vegan sources of vitamin B12) or you can always use a grated cheese like Parmesan or Reggiano. Bake another 5 to 10 minutes, until the kale is crispy and the edges are starting to brown.
They’re so easy to make, you really can’t mess this up! And not only is kale packed with nutrients, these kale chips are also low in calories, with less than 50 calories per cup!
Same thing here, if you’ve always turned your nose up at turnips, try ‘em sliced and baked like oven-baked French fries. Because ounce-for-ounce, turnips have 60% fewer carbs and calories than potatoes, but the texture is similar, so they’re a great potato swap!
And I’ve been seeing more and more restaurants serving truffle-parmesan French fries – which are delicious, but of course not so nutritious, so we’ve got an easy recipe for good-for-you Truffle-Parmesan Fries that’s low in carbs and calories, but still insanely rich with flavor. (By the way, truffle oil can be pretty pricey, so I just use one that’s mostly olive oil, but has the flavor of truffle oil – it may not be exactly the same, but it’s much more affordable).
And we’ve got another variation, one that uses rosemary & garlic on the fries, but really, you can add any seasonings you like, you can’t go wrong!
If you like mushrooms, you’ll love these little pizzas. The Portobello mushroom cap gives us a triple benefit, since they serve as a pizza ‘crust’ with just about 35 calories and five grams of carbs – about one-tenth of what you get in a regular personal-size pizza crust! And they offer built-in portion control, plus they’re easy to assemble for a meal in a pinch, whether you’re dining solo, or feeding a family.
You can keep it traditional (but lighter) with red sauce, part-skim mozzarella, and turkey pepperoni, or mix things up like this version with shrimp, goat cheese, wilted spinach, and roasted red peppers.
The combinations are endless, and the beauty of these little single-serving pizzas is that everyone can add their own favorite toppings!
So give these veggie-packed recipes a try, we’ll have all of these recipes online. And let us know what you think, we’d love to hear how you like it!