How To Cook Vegetables And Make Them Taste Delicious

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3 quick, healthy, and easy vegetable recipes

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m showing you how to cook vegetables and make them taste delicious.

Lets keep it real.

99.435% of people need to eat more vegetables. #science

Most people say they don’t like the taste of vegetables.

Other people say vegetables take too long to prepare.

Well if you’ve caught yourself saying this, today’s 3 quick, healthy, easy, and delicious vegetable side dish recipes, are made for you.

Are you hitting your daily recommended daily amount of vegetables?

Now I admit, I also have my days where my vegetable consumption is low.

But more often than not, I’m usually exceeding my vegetable quota of 10-12 servings a day.

How To Cook Vegetables And Make Them Taste Delicious

And yes, I’m talking about 10-12 servings of vegetables, not including fruit.

But I also enjoy 2-3 servings of fruit per day too.

We’re going green today

Each recipe uses all natural and flavorful spices, instead of fattening sauces, to make vegetables taste delicious.

This is going to be good.

If you’re struggling to hit your vegetable quota for the day, check out these 3 quick and delicious vegetable side dish recipes.

First vegetable recipe we are going to make is baked zucchini fries.

Here are the ingredients and cooking instructions.

How to make baked zucchini fries

Updated: Baked Zucchini Fries recipe:

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Baked Zucchini Fries (UPDATED)
Baked Zucchini Fries
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Baked Zucchini Fries
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425F.
  2. Slice the zucchini into the same size as a traditional french fry. To do this, slice the zucchini in half, lengthwise, then slice it in half again, widthwise. Depending on how thick the zucchini is, you may have to slice it lengthwise a few more times, until it is the size of a french fry.
  3. Dry the zucchini fries by dabbing them with a paper towel.
  4. Add parchment paper to a baking sheet.
  5. In a mixing dish, mix together 1 tbsp of Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt, and 1 tsp garlic powder.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 whole eggs.
  7. Cover a zucchini fry in the egg batter, then coat with the almond flour batter.
  8. Add to the coated zucchini fries, in a single layer, on top of the baking sheet.
  9. Bake in the oven for 13 minutes, turn the zucchini fries, and bake for another 12 minutes.
  10. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Info (per serving):

Calories: 275

Protein: 14g

Carbohydrates: 12g

Fat: 19g

Baked Zucchini Fries recipe as seen in the video:

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Baked Zucchini Fries
Baked Zucchini Fries
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
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Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
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Baked Zucchini Fries
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 500F.
  2. Slice the zucchini into the same size as a traditional french fry. To do this, slice the zucchini in half, lengthwise, then slice it in half again, widthwise. Depending on how thick the zucchini is, you may have to slice it lengthwise a few more times, until it is the size of a french fry.
  3. Dry the zucchini fries by dabbing them with a paper towel.
  4. Next, use spices to add flavor to the zucchini fries. Add 1 tbsp of dried oregano and 1 tbsp of cumin to a mixing dish. Cover the mixing dish and shake it together.
  5. Cover a baking sheet with tin foil. Optional: spray avocado oil on the tin foil to reduce the chances of the zucchini fries sticking to the tin foil.
  6. Add the zucchini fries on top of the baking sheet, in a single layer.
  7. Sprinkle the oregano and cumin mixture over the zucchini fries.
  8. There you go. You're now ready to add them to the pre-heated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes. That's it.
  9. When the buzzer goes off, remove the zucchini fries from the oven, and check to see if they are baked to perfection.
  10. Once the zucchini fries are looking and smelling good, enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Info (per serving):

Calories: 41

Protein: 2g

Carbohydrates: 6g

Fat: 1g

While the baked zucchini fries are in the oven, move on to the Rosemary and Basil Infused Green Beans Mixture recipe.

Healthiest way to cook vegetables

Besides eating most vegetables raw, one of the healthiest ways to retain the nutrients in the vegetables, is by steaming them, rather than cooking them over high heat in a frying pan.

You’ll not only love the taste, but the aromas coming off of steamed vegetables is amazing as well.

When possible, eat most of your vegetables steamed or raw.

Here are the ingredients and cooking instructions.

How to make rosemary and basil infused green beans mixture

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Rosemary and Basil Infused Green Beans Mixture
rosemary and basil infused green beans mixture
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
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rosemary and basil infused green beans mixture
Instructions
  1. In a steamer pot, add an inch of water, then place the steamer insert on top, with a lid, to boil the water.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the vegetable mixture of 2 cups of green beans, 1/2 cup of diced celery, and 1/3 cup of diced onion to the steamer insert.
  3. Steam the green bean mixture for 7 minutes.
  4. Once the green bean mixture is finished steaming, it's time to spice them up.
  5. To add flavor, sprinkle 1 tsp of dried rosemary, 1/2 tsp of dried basil, a dash of sea salt, and some ground black pepper on top of the green bean mixture.
  6. Mix it all together, then dish out the green bean mixture onto a plate and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Info (per serving):

Calories: 76

Protein: 4g

Carbohydrates: 15g

Fat: 0g

That was vegetable recipe plate number 2.

By now, the baked zucchini fries should almost be ready.

While we wait for those to finish, lets move on to third and final vegetable recipe, the lemon pepper broccoli.

Here are the ingredients and cooking instructions.

How to make lemon pepper broccoli

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Lemon Pepper Broccoli
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Lemon Pepper Broccoli
Instructions
  1. In a steamer pot, add an inch of water, then place the steamer insert on top, with a lid, to boil the water.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add 1 cup of broccoli to the steamer insert.
  3. Steam the broccoli for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the broccoli from the steamer and add to a plate.
  5. Take a 1/2 of a lemon and squeeze it with a lemon squeezer, then pour the lemon juice on top of the broccoli. Then top with a dash (or a couple turns) of black pepper.
  6. You are done!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Info (per serving):

Calories: 40

Protein: 3g

Carbohydrates: 7g

Fat: 0g

There you go.

We just prepared 3 different side dishes of healthy, vitamin and mineral enriched, green vegetables.

First, we had our rosemary and basil infused green bean mixture.

We then had our baked zucchini fries with cumin and oregano.

Then finally, our lemon pepper broccoli.

How To Cook Vegetables And Make Them Taste Delicious

Let’s get to my favorite part, and give these bad boys a taste, to see if they pass the test.

Taste test #1: rosemary and basil infused green bean mixture

We’ll start by tasting the rosemary and basil infused green bean mixture.

Let’s see if they are packed full of flavor.

Rosemary Basil Green Beans

Yes, the flavor that we’ve added to this recipe, hits the spot.

I prefer not to over steam the green beans, because I personally like my green beans to be crunchy.

So for me, 7 minutes was the perfect time to steam them.

Taste test #2: baked zucchini fries

Let’s move on to our baked zucchini fries.

zucchini fries

Oh yeah, love the cumin flavor on those fries.

But the updated baked zucchini fries recipe, shown above, is even more delicious.

Make sure you give this baked zucchini fries recipe a try.

Taste test #3: lemon pepper broccoli

Finally, our lemon pepper broccoli recipe.

This was an easy way to prepare broccoli, especially since most of us need more broccoli in our diet.

Let’s see how this lemon pepper broccoli tastes.

lemon brocolli

Wow.

If you don’t like the taste of broccoli, do yourself a favor and steam it for 5 minutes, then add some lemon juice and black pepper.

Damn that’s good!

And trust me, I’m not just saying that, because I wouldn’t do that to you.

This lemon pepper broccoli recipe is definitely my favorite of these 3 vegetable recipes.

How to cook vegetables and make them taste delicious

Those were 3 healthy green vegetable recipes that anyone can prepare.

This video idea was a viewer request, so hopefully you enjoyed these three recipes.

Implement them into your weekly meal plan and enjoy.

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11 responses to “How To Cook Vegetables And Make Them Taste Delicious

  1. I’m gong to make my 8 month old baby watch this. She doesn’t like green beans and peas. By doesn’t like I mean, she gets the “no more” face half way through. But as soon as we break out the pears, she is all about them. LOL.

    Thanks for the info!

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