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These tips for cooking vegetables include easy ideas to prepare and cook your veggies, along with great ideas for spicing up various vegetable dishes!

13 Easy Tips For Cooking Vegetables

 

13 Easy Tips For Cooking Vegetables

  • Peel broccoli stems. This makes them very tender when you cook them.
  • Leftover onion will keep better if the root is left on, so use it from the top down.
  • When you have just a few vegetables left from roasted vegetables, don’t toss them. Chop them up and use in some of your favorite casserole, chili, or meatloaf recipes. The roasted taste of the vegetables gives ordinary recipes a refreshing new taste.
  • When cooking cauliflower, add 1-2 tsp. of lemon juice or vinegar to the water. It will help keep it whiter.
  • When cooking vegetables, always remember to start anything that grows under the ground in cold water (for you city slickers like me, that includes things like potatoes, carrots and beets) and start anything that grows above the ground in boiling water (peas, beans and greens).
  • Add 1/2 tsp. of bacon grease or other grease to the water when you boil your sweet potatoes. It will help prevent that hard to remove substance that sticks to the side of the pan. This works when cooking other root vegetables, too. Those are the ones grown under ground. ;-) 
  • When baking potatoes I like to microwave them for just a couple of minutes. Then I rub butter on them, salt them, wrap them in foil and toss them into the oven.

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Creole Green Beans

  • Add a tablespoon of cooked onions and a couple of tablespoons of chili sauce to your regular can of green beans for a different twist.

 

New ways to make peas

  • Add a sprinkle of nutmeg and some onions to a can of peas.
  • Or crumble up some bacon to put in them along with chopped mushrooms and onion.

 

Spice up that corn!

  • Lightly saute finely chopped green and red bell peppers in butter or margarine and add them to fresh, frozen or canned corn. This is a tasty way to add a fresh flavor to your corn and is also visually appealing. You may want to saute some chopped onions and add them as well, but don’t over-do it with the onions. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • When cooking vegetables, always remember to start anything that grows under the ground in cold water (for you city slickers like me, that includes things like potatoes, carrots and beets) and start anything that grows above the ground in boiling water (peas, beans and greens).
  • When cooking cabbage, add a couple of lids of vinegar to the water to help it retain its color.

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