How to Cook 10 Different Vegetables for the Best Flavor | Reader's Digest

How to Cook 10 Different Vegetables for the Best Flavor

When it comes to vegetables, one method of cooking definitely does not fit all. For example, carrots can pretty much stand up to any style of cooking, but boil them, and you'll want to run in the opposite direction. Brussels sprouts, the scourge of nursery school students everywhere, are most delicious pan-roasted, but steam them, and you'll wind up with something you'd probably not want to feed to the pooch. Here's a short list of what to cook, and how.

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    Cabbage
    Slice, pan fry, or sauté in olive or sesame oil with a tablespoon of butter.

    Try this delicious Apple Walnut Slaw recipe and discover why cabbage is a magic food.

    Brussels Sprouts
    Roast at high heat with a drop of olive oil and a drizzle of soy sauce.

    Brussels sprouts are one of the 10 best vegetables you can eat.

    Carrots
    Cook in a skillet on top of the stove with 1 tablespoon oil, ¼ cup water, and 1 tablespoon sugar. Cook small carrots whole and cut larger ones into chunks or rounds. Also delicious roasted.

    Try this delicious and healthy Moroccan-Spiced Carrot recipe and find out why carrot are one of the 11 items to have on hand for instant hors d'oeuvres

    Broccoli
    Oven-roast, pan fry, or steam with a sprinkle of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. If steaming, check after 5 minutes to make sure they're fork-tender, then remove them from the heat immediately.

    Find out why broccoli is considered a super food for men and try the Broccoli-Potato Puree recipe.

    Hardy Greens (chard, kale, collards, mustard greens)
    Sauté on top of the stove only in olive oil, sesame oil, or butter. If the leaves are tough and fibrous, remove the stem, roll the leaves up like a cigar and sliver them for quick cooking.

    Collard greens are considered a super food for women.

    Tender Greens (spinach, escarole, watercress)
    Steam quickly or sauté on top of the stove and drizzle with oil.

    Try this beautiful Watercress and Cauliflower Soup recipes from Martha Stewart.

    Eggplant
    After salting and rinsing, slice into rounds or cubes, roast in the oven, or sauté on top of the stove.

    Don't miss Emeril Lagasse's Grilled Eggplant and Peppers With Feta recipe.

    Winter Squash
    Steam, roast, or pan fry with a drizzle of olive or sesame oil.

    Try these 9 winter squash recipes.

    Summer Squash (zucchini or yellow squash)
    Steam or pan fry with a bit of olive or sesame oil.

    Try the Mediterranean Marinated Salad recipe and see 6 Easy Ways to Follow the Mediterranean Diet

    Beets
    Roast on the grill or in an oven; let cool, peel, and drizzle with olive oil and salt.

    For a creative twist, blend beet into hummus as seen in this slideshow of 7 Unique Hummus Recipes.

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