I want to thank Mike for his comment about the Orange Juice. Orange Juice, like many other foods, is one of those tricky things that might seem healthy but secretly is not. OJ is often as loaded with sugar as a soda! I tend to stick to water or club soda and simply add lime or lemon juice for flavor.
Juices and dried fruits are always dangerous - not as healthy as the seem.
I had my own "Nutritious Foods in Disguise" experience this weekend.
A friend of mine from work invited me to take a cooking class with her called How to Make Vegetables Taste Great. Right up my alley! I signed up.
While I certainly learned a great deal from the class and really enjoyed making everything from saag paneer to roasted Brussels sprouts, there was one point that really disappointed me. Many of the recipes relied heavily on oil or butter for flavoring. I was really frustrated because the class seemed to just reinforce the notion that veggies are not tasty or satisfying, that they require a lot of fat and "doctoring" to taste good. Of course, a little butter makes anything taste better, but I have found that an open mind and some re-training of the palette can lead to a genuine enjoyment of vegetables and their natural flavor.
Some of my favorite ways to prepare vegges include:
- Sauteing with ginger, lime juice and a bit of soy sauce
- Steaming in fruit juice in general - lime, lemon or orange work great
- Steaming and adding cracked pepper and salt in moderation
- Sauteing in a small amount of olive oil and apple cider vinegar
- Cooking in "Hot Vinegar" - apple cider vinegar + hot sauce
- Roasting with a bit of olive oil and cracked pepper/salt
- Cooking in a curry sauce that does not use too much oil - cumin, curry, cinnamon, coriander, clovers, cardamom, turmeric, mustard seeds and paprika are all great to mix around in a curry
- Steaming in miso broth (which I make myself by simply adding miso paste to water)
- Stir frying with ginger, garlic, soy sauce, mustard, honey and some spicy pepper