The sun is shining and it’s time to embrace a lighter and fresher selection of veggies to incorporate into your meals. Veggies should make up the majority of your plate and spring is time of new growth and abundance. By choosing what is in season you get the pick of the crop. Shopping seasonally allows you to fill up your shopping basket for less money, get the best quality and save on unnecessary food miles associated with transporting out of season produce across country or from overseas. Best of all you are supporting people in your own community and if you shop at the farmers market you might even get to meet the grower yourself.
Artichokes are one of the most attractive and alluring of all vegetables. After s quick trim, a few minutes simmered in water and a light grill on the BBQ they make a healthy alternative to chips on your dip planter.
Finely sliced fennel is a great alternative to cabbage in coleslaw. Using a mandolin slicer create wafer thin slices to be mixed with grated carrot, onions and your favourite salad dressing.
Broad beans can have a bad name but if you shell them yourself and lightly steam them you wont be disappointed. These green gems are a good source of protein, fiber, folate along with a lost list of other minerals. They make a great addition to a salad or home made hummus.
Best served very lightly steamed, sautéed or grilled asparagus has a wonderful nutty flavour and does not require complex seasoning. Add to salads for a delicious crunch or simply enjoy with a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt as a sophisticated side dish.
Who can resist a vegetable that comes in all colours of the rainbow? Card is one of your green leafy friends that are integral to a healthy diet. Jam packed with vitamins the young leaves can be enjoyed in salad or sauté for a mild delicious flavour.
Fresh beetroot is unrecognizable from that found in a can. Its earthy sweet flavour can be enjoyed grated raw in salads, lightly boiled and sliced for your healthy home made Aussie burger or blended into a delicious dip.
Eating sun ripened tomatoes, with their thin, soft skins and sweet perfume is one a life’s great pleasures. When you see lovely fresh high quality tomatoes, snap them up, as they will last for weeks.