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How do you cook your side vegetables?

by Clare Deville (follow)
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Side vegetables can become boring and repetitive unless you can come up with ways to jazz them up with different flavours and cooking techniques.

I'll often saute them and add fresh garlic, ginger, parsley and lemon juice.

How do you cook your side vegetables? How do you keep them interesting and varied?

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I usually just steam them. I've always been under the impression this is one of the healthier ways to cook them and so many different veggies can be done this way that I don't get bored. Otherwise, if I'm roasting potatoes or putting something else in the oven, I'll put some eggplant, carrots, pumpkin, capsicum or onion in too (I particularly it love when the eggplant and onion start to sort of caramelise). Whatever way I do them, I usually don't add any extra flavours - the veggies themselves are tasty enough and there's so many to choose from.
I never find side vegetables gets boring. I'm quite happy to warm them up in the microwave and then add a bit of tomato sauce. Occasionally I will throw them in the saucepan with something else that I'm cooking, so they get the extra flavours. For example, last night I cooke peas and green beans with bacon, stilton cheese, and tomato chutney. All the fats and flavours melded together and it tasted delicious.
That does sound very nice..
by JAJ
It really depends on what I'm cooking. Often I'll just have steamed carrot and pumpkin. I think there such delicious veggies on their own that I don't need to cook them any other way.

If I have zucchini and mushrooms I'll generally just cook them with a little bit of olive oil and my favourite wild mushroom and black garlic sea salt.

If I have sweet potato or beetroot I like to cut them into small pieces and then bake them with a bit of olive oil, some chili flakes and some salt.
I try and just stir fry my side vegetables - this seems to be the easiest thing and I don't like cooking with the microwave.
stir fry is great and tastier.
by virgi
I never find side vegetables gets boring. I'm quite happy to warm them up in the microwave and then add a bit of tomato sauce. Occasionally I will throw them in the saucepan with something else that I'm cooking, so they get the extra flavours. For example, last night I cooke peas and green beans with bacon, stilton cheese, and tomato chutney. All the fats and flavours melded together and it tasted delicious.
Roasted carrot, pumpkin, and potatoes, plus sliced and grilled eggplant and zucchini.
Try adding oyster sauce/sesame seeds/toasted pine nuts.

If I'm doing a roast, I pop the vegetables in the pan and then they soak up the meaty flavour as they roast.
I usually steam my veggies as well. I usually do carrots, or cauliflower seasoned with oregano and white pepper.
I can eat steamed vegetables as a meal. I usually season them with olive oil, lemon and Herbamare (sea salt with dried herbs). Sometimes I use sesame oil, maybe some hot sauce or peanut butter sauce.
Root vegetables I like to roast and season the same way. Sweet potatoes I bake and eat with soy sauce and yoghurt.
I replicate an eggplant recipe I had decades ago at a restaurant. I slice them thinly and bake. I serve them with a sauce of slowly fried minced garlic and lemon.
I'm glad you reminded me of that eggplant recipe as I have 2 eggplants in the fridge.
I use my steamer, mostly.

But I do love Wok'ed veggies, with a few drops of Soy Sauce, or Balsamic Vinegar.
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