When I go to the grocery store, I buy mostly organic vegetables and fruits in bulk. Organic produce is just my preference because it doesn’t spoil as quickly. I hate wasting food, so organic is my way to go! I also prefer fresh produce over frozen vegetables. I found that it is easier to cook the vegetables and season them myself when they are fresh. For this post, I am going to share three of my favorite vegetable dishes. Enjoy!
Recipe #1: Parmesan Garlic Vegetables
- Pick your vegetable! I have tried this recipe with zucchini, squash, broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, green beans,
- potatoes, and even sweet potatoes.
- Heat oven to 350-400 degrees. Toss vegetables in olive oil and then sprinkle garlic salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. You can use fresh parmesan or the kind that comes in the little container.
- Optional ingredients: you can also add some herbs or Italian seasoning for some more flavor. I found a vegetable seasoning made by Knorrs, that is really yummy! Instead of olive oil, I have also tossed the vegetables in Balsamic Vinegar, as well. See what you think!
This next recipe is super easy and tasty! I love to buy “fresh” chicken breast, instead of frozen chicken breast. However, if you’re on a budget, then frozen chicken breast is fine! The first time I made this recipe, I used frozen chicken.
Recipe #2: Lemon Chicken with Vegetables
- What you need: Olive oil, butter, thawed chicken breast, 2 lemons, 1-2 large potatoes, and asparagus (you can add or change any vegetables that you wish). Seasonings: salt and pepper, garlic (minced or garlic salt).
- Preheat oven to 350. In a glass baking dish, add 1-2 tablespoons of butter and lemon slices from one lemon.
- In a large bowl, coat the vegetables in olive oil and add the juice from one lemon, garlic, and salt + pepper. Add the vegetables to the baking dish.
- Lastly, coat the chicken in the same oil mixture and add it to the baking dish. Cook for 45 minutes to an hour (or until potatoes and chicken are cooked through).
Lastly, I love to make stuffed peppers! There are a million ways to make stuffed peppers, so I decided to make up my own way. Feel free to add some of your own favorite spices or vegetables to the “stuffing” mixture!
Recipe #3: Stuffed Peppers
- What you’ll need: Ground beef, 2 large peppers (feeds 3-4), 1/2 an onion, broccoli, shredded parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and oregano.
- Preheat oven to 350. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef until there is no pink. Drain the fat. Add the onions and broccoli to the mixture. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat.
- Next, add the seasonings to the ground beef. Like I mentioned before, I am very bad at measuring when I cook, so I don’t measure my spices. If you want a guideline, then add: a pinch of salt and pepper, 1 tablespoon of garlic, and 1 teaspoon of cayenne and oregano.
- Carve out the inside of the peppers and slice them in half. Place the peppers on a baking dish and stuff them with the ground beef mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and cook for 10-15 minutes. You want the pepper to soften a little bit.
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