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Getting Your Veggie Quotient Is Easier Than You Think

So who doesn't need to add more veggies to their diets?  Have you ever heard someone say "Geez , I really have to cut down on the number of vegetables I am eating."  Didn't think so.

For most of us adding veggies means adding more salads to our meals and although I love salads and their many expressions, there are other ways to add veggies to our everyday meals.  One of the ways I bump up my veggie quotient is to  think of vegetables in similar groupings.  If a recipe calls for tomatoes, I know I can almost always add peppers too.  Think of most Mexican, Spanish or Italian cuisines.  Tomatoes and peppers are paired in countless recipes in these cuisines. Thai and Indian cuisines match tomatoes with eggplant and it is usually easy to add some sauteed eggplant to dishes from these areas.

Similarly this philosophy works with what I call the "Greens".  If you are adding spinach, broccoli, peas, kale or chard to a recipe you can generally add all or any of these veggies as well.  The other grouping I like is what I call the "Sweets".  Carrots, tomatoes, yams and sweet potatoes generally work very well together. Adding one or two more from this group is an easy way to bump your veggie quotient.

The key with adding more veggies is experimentation.  I have added my "Choc O Bloc Guac" recipe to give you an idea of how to add veggies to even the simplest recipe.  

Choc O Bloc Guac

3 ripe avocados, peeled and slightly mashed
1 Roma tomato, diced
1 Bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 large shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
pinch chili flakes
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Mix all ingredients well.  Keep guacamole in an airtight container and cover the surface completely to keep it from oxidizing.

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