Introducing my new series: Pimp Your Veg

Welcome to my new series..a collection of posts celebrating my favourite food: 

The wonderful world of vegetables, great ways to cook and enjoy this earth given produce πŸ™‚ 

 I know that lots of you already do great things with vegetables, so these posts may not necessarily be aimed at you, although I hope that they may still bring you some new ideas and tips; what this series of posts might do is bring people to your mind that you know need some inspiration for including more vegetables in their lives, or would like new ideas for cooking vegetables, and in which case, please do pass the posts and ideas on. I have put together this series, coming up over the next few weeks, to produce food for thought where vegetables are concerned, and this is where the idea came from…

This series has been prompted by a friend of mine…he is on a weight loss journey and has already lost 4 stone (25 kg/56 lb), but still, he will admit himself, has a long way to go. He’s already achieved so much and I’m so proud of him, but I know that he is now stuck; he has been following a ‘diet plan’ which has brought him this far, but the food is not inspiring enough to keep him interested. And it is not teaching him about leading a healthy lifestyle in the future, it’s just showing him how to lose weight now, so I’m hoping that I might be able to inspire him to view how he eats differently and make good choices for his health in the long term. 

Starting with: making vegetables interesting..

If, like my friend, your experience of vegetables has only been what you’ve had with your childhood meals, ie, boiled peas, carrots, broccoli or cauliflower, and over cooked sprouts at Christmas, vegetables probably seem like a pretty dull, uninspiring concept. I’m here to tell you, there’s so much more to vegetables!!! And there’s so many more ways to eat them just just boiling or steaming. 

So, my aim, is to inspire anyone who’s interested, to fall in love with vegetables, to make them a star on your plate, not just the added extra because you think you should eat more veg! 

I plan to share methods for cooking vegetables, celebrate their flavours and add more, provide crunch or various other ways to celebrate these beauties…I hope you will join me and enjoy the posts.  

Please do also share your tips and recipes in the comments as the posts come out – I intend to share recipes of mine and lots of your too πŸ™‚ 

As a starting point, I would ask you to consider where you buy your vegetables. If you only ever buy vegetables from a supermarket, you are not experiencing vegetables at their best, and you’re probably paying more for them than I do. Vegetables in supermarkets may all be uniform in size and polished and shiny, but for me, they lack flavour and diversity, and completely miss any benefits of seasonality. 

 If you can visit any local markets, or get a veg box delivered, you will find ‘real’ vegetables, in gloriously uneven shapes, as nature intended, and sometimes even with some mud thrown in! Buying and eating vegetables based on the seasons in which they are grown in your country of residence will also ensure that you get the best flavour. Vegetables that are force grown to be available all year round or refrigerated for months on end, are not fresh, fabulous, local produce. 

If you have a market near you, or regular farmers markets, please do visit and check out their produce. Not only will you benefit, but you will also be supporting local farmers.

Like I said, all food for thought, so, for now, welcome to my new series, I hope you like the idea. And please do get involved πŸ™‚ 

Part 1 : coming up soon…get roasting!

I’m bringing my new series introduction to this week’s Fiesta Friday party and hope that lots of the party goers will join me and share their ideas as my series unfolds. Join this week’s co hosts Kaila and Jenny and check out everyone’s great dishes πŸ™‚ 

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73 thoughts on “Introducing my new series: Pimp Your Veg

  1. sallybr

    Looking forward to this series! My little input is – a spiralizer does WONDERS to open the horizons for veggies. I am not too wild about recommending a gadget, but in this case it is worth it for the impact it can have on someone struggling to incorporate more veggies in the diet, and different, new ways to use them

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  2. Anita Kushwaha

    Wonderful, Elaine! I’m looking forward to the series. I agree, venturing out to the farmer’s market is a great way to get fresh veg and some unique items too. I also find growers are so engaging and often have meal ideas to share. Where I live, local markets have really bloomed. Just down the road we have an organic market which is great to access to as well. πŸ™‚

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    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      How wonderful! Sounds like you are very lucky πŸ™‚
      I completely agree, the stall holders tend to be so proud of their produce and happy to talk and share ideas – I was at my market yesterday and talking to a man that runs a stall full of wonderful Indian foods, packed with amazing and unusual fresh produce and he sent me home with something completely new and a way to cook it!

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  3. Aruna Panangipally

    A great initiative, Elaine. I buy my veggies at he local market where I can first just experience the riot of colours; touch, feel, and discuss the veggie with the seller; ask people what-do-you-do-with-this-veggie?when I spot an unfamiliar one, and of course, put in requests for something special that I want. πŸ™‚

    I so look forward to this series.

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  4. kellie anderson

    Lovely idea for a series, and I’m sure even us old hands at eating and using veg will learn something. I agree with SallyBR about the use of a spiralizer. I LOVE mine and use it everyday. I am already a big veg head but this has made eating them even more enjoyable, and the lovely squiggles intrigue anyone who eats my food at the cancer centre where I teach and cook. Good luck with the new series. :-))

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  5. Jenny

    This looks like a great series! Your vegetables always look so colorful and appetizing. I agree that getting fresh, seasonal vegetables is one of the keys to enjoying them. I look forward to learning some new recipes!

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  6. Kaila

    Elaine, I’m so excited to follow this series! I just love veggies, and I’m sure I’ll learn a bit from it too. And, I love all the support you’re giving your friend in the weight loss department as well. Thank you so much for joining us at FF, and have a wonderful weekend!! πŸ™‚

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  7. theclevercarrot

    Hey Elaine! With a name like ‘pimp your veg’ , you can’t go wrong! Easy prep has been on my mind lately. I’d be happy to share ‘one pot prep’ which I discovered kind of out of necessity. Can’t wait to see what others bring to the table.

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