Veggies are a pain in my ass. I like them, I value them, but getting them on the table some nights just makes preparing dinner that much harder because it’s one more thing you have to do at the end of the day. They can’t really be prepared ahead of time and who wants to eat a vegetable that’s been sitting around for a few days anyway?

Because I feel incredibly guilty when I don’t have a vegetable with a meal, I’ve been brainstorming ways to do make preparing them as easy – and as in advance – as possible.

  • Frozen peas taste better to me than fresh ones. Sorry! They’re easy enough to prepare but I don’t often remember them because they’re in the freezer. Out of sight, out of mind. And I’m doubtful of their nutritional value for some reason. Their size, perhaps? But I always have them on hand!
  • If I grill veggies over the weekend, they usually are only good for one meal. Either with bruschetta or in a panini. They don’t really work as a side dish for multiple meals, mostly because I can only think of zucchini and eggplant to grill and after I have them once, I’m over it.
  • Roasting seems to be the best option. Drizzle broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, etc. with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, and stick ’em in the oven at 450°F for 15-20 minutes.
  • One-pot meals are great. Stew? Pot roast? Yes, please!

Veggies in 5 minutes or less:

  • Arugula with lemon and olive oil (buy the greens pre-washed, dump ’em in a salad bowl, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice and you’re done.
  • Sliced tomatoes. Drizzled with olive oil and some sea salt, ’nuff said.
  • Sauteed greens with garlic and olive oil. Large containers of pre-washed spinach are the best. Just dump, toss and eat. Also try dandelion greens, chard, escarole, etc.
  • Raw bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, etc. Eat these while you’re cooking the rest of the meal and get the veggies over with. This is a good dieting tip for people who actually stop eating when they’re full. I have no idea what that’s like.

Then there’s my husband’s idea of veggies: Tater Tots. And who doesn’t love those?!

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