It's still National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables month and this week, we're featuring fresh vegetable recipe ideas that will help you prepare healthy meals bursting with vitamins and nutrients for the whole family.
Vegetable snacks may not sound very appetizing for kids, but the truth is, it all depends on what you do with your vegetables! Vegetable wraps, skewers or taco salads are the perfect light snacks or appetizers that could encourage your kids to eat healthier.
Easy Caprese Skewers with a Balsamic Reduction Drizzle (Yummy Healthy Easy)
This Easy Caprese Skewers with a Balsamic Reduction Drizzle from Yummy Healthy Easy might be one of the easiest healthy snacks you can prepare for your family. It's a just a matter or skewering cherry tomatoes, Mozarella and basil on sticks and drizzling it with balsamic vinegar. It's a nice light snack you can have any time of the day.
"Summer afternoons call for these fun Caprese Skewers! Cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and cubes of mozzarella cheese threaded on skewers and drizzled with an easy balsamic reduction. Delicious!"
- cherry tomatoes
- fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes (I used Bel Gioioso brand)
- fresh basil leaves
- 1 cup good balsamic vinegar
Vegan Taco Salad Cups (Feasting On Fruit)
If you love Mexican food, you'll surely love this Vegan Taco Salad Cups from Feasting On Fruit. This recipe calls for Cruciferous Taco Filling, chopped romaine lettuce and the usual taco fillings like onion, corn, salsa, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro and avocado. What's great about this recipe is you can easily modify it according to your family's taste.
"With crunchy homemade corn cups, romaine lettuce, cruciferous ‘meat’, toppings, and a sprig of cilantro, these little cups are an abundance of flavorful veggies all in a one hand-held package."
- 8 corn tortillas
- 1 batch of my Cruciferous Taco Filling
- 2 cups romaine lettuce chopped
- Toppings such as onion corn, salsa, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, etc.
- Optional: a squeeze of lime
Fresh Rice Paper Rolls w/ Herbs & Vegetables in Garlic Soy Dip (White On Rice Couple)
White On Rice Couple has a great recipe called Fresh Rice Paper Rolls w/ Herbs & Vegetables in Garlic Soy Dip. The recipe calls for Handful of fresh Vietnamese herbs like Vietnamese Balm, Spearmint, Basil, Vietnamese Perilla, Vietnamese Coriander and Culantro. But of course, you can easily modify this recipe according to your preference and to the availability of ingredients.
"These fresh rice paper rolls can be filled with almost anything you want, including the kitchen sink. From left over meats to vegetables and even raw fresh vegetables, these rolls are easy to please. But what makes these spring rolls distinctly Vietnamese is the inclusion of fresh herbs."
- About 6-8 sheets of Rice paper (4" rounds or larger)
- 10 leaves fresh lettuce or leafy greens
- Handful of fresh Vietnamese herbs
- Plateful of fresh vegetables of any kind, julienne (bell peppers, carrots, celery, zucchini, cucumbers)
Ludy's Kitchen Healthy Tip:
Make your vegetable dishes even healthier by adding in herbs that are rich in nutrients and vitamins.
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