As much as we enjoy restaurants, sometimes a good home-cooked meal is just what the soul (and budget) needs. With the bounty of fresh and flavorful produce that’s in season right now, your culinary creativity may be flowing. But what’s the best way to cook up those fruits and veggies you picked up at the store or farmers’ market without adding too many extra calories? Fruits and Veggies More Matters recently shared the Top 10 Healthy Ways to Cook Fruits and Vegetables along with some tasty ideas to get you started at home. Here are some of our favorites for the warm summer months:
- Pineapple and mango in a honey ginger sauce for a perfect topping to low- or fat-free ice cream.
- Broccoli in olive oil and chopped garlic. Add some capers for extra zip.
- Spinach with garlic and olive oil.
- Green and yellow summer squash with onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. For a different twist, add chopped tomato and basil.
- Corn on the cob. Peel and coat in a mix of seasonings such as oregano, pepper, onion and chili powders and salt with a touch of butter to help it stick. Wrap in aluminum foil and grill until tender.
- Some eggplant, zucchini and portabella mushrooms to use in a wrap.
- Almonds in water for 15 seconds and peel for a new twist on a healthy snack.
- Carrots, cauliflower, green beans, asparagus and broccoli. Marinate in your favorite low-fat vinaigrette and serve cold. If desired, add other veggies like onions, mushrooms and peppers.
- Frozen or canned vegetables on those busy nights.
- Spaghetti squash by cutting in half lengthwise and putting face down in a dish with water. Scoop out squash and serve like spaghetti with tomato sauce and/or Parmesan cheese.
Find all Top 10 Healthy Ways to Cook Fruits and Vegetables from Fruits and Veggies More Matters, along with more ideas for using that produce now and throughout the year here.