Fast and Flavorful Side Dishes

Broccoli and Edamame Stir FryI want to start eating more vegetables! That’s what many of my friends say – but with hectic works schedules, kids and households to care for, it can be tough to squeeze it all in.

Yet getting more veggies onto your dinner table can be effortless when you learn to switch up the flavor profile and keep it fresh. Take these four scrumptious flavorings – garlic, ginger, onion and salsa – that you can mix and match (or find your own favorites).

Here’s the very basic technique for cooking tender crisp veggies on the stove top: Cut your veg into small florets, slices, or strips. Heat a large skillet over high heat and coat with cooking spray. Then add you veggies and a drizzle of olive oil. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often until the veg begins to brown. With spinach, stop right there, you’re ready to enjoy it with just a pinch of salt.

With other, firmer veg, add a few tablespoons of water and cover. Continue to steam 2 to 3 minutes until the water evaporates and the vegetables are fork-tender.

1 | Garlic

2 | Ginger

3 | Lemon

4 | Shallots or Red Onion

5 | Salsa or Marinara Sauce

  • Jarred tomato salsa and marinara sauce can be an immediate way to add flavor to cooked vegetables. Broccoli, green beans, peas or edamame, top two cups with 1/2 cup prepared mild salsa or marinara sauce.

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