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10 Vegetable Recipes That Make Them Taste Heavenly

10 Vegetable Recipes That Make Them Taste Heavenly

Having a vegetable today keeps the doctor away, right? As a child we were all told to eat our vegetables by our parents. And had they tasted better we would have happily eaten them. Veggies don’t have to taste like they came straight from the ground; they can taste heavenly! It’s all about what you put on them. Whether you add sugar, oil, cover everything in breadcrumbs or other delicious ingredients your vegetables can taste super yummy. It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients to make something that we despised as a kid into something that makes your taste buds shout out in celebration! Check out these amazing recipes to make eating vegetables enjoyable!

1. Simmered Sugary Sweet Baby Carrots via Rachael Ray

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    Sweet, salty, and they take no time at all to make! This baby carrot recipe takes all the goodness of carrots and combines it with the salty sweetness that we all know and love. Eat them by themselves or as a side dish and they’re good either way. Definitely a hit for everyone!

    2. Roasted Parmesan Broccoli via Simply Scratch

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      We all love parmesan on our Italian food, so why not on our broccoli too? This recipe adds a cheesy taste to those vegetables we used to avoid at dinner. Because many of us can agree that cheese makes everything better!

      3. Veggie Tian via The Comfort of Cooking

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        This Italian tribute to summer vegetables will make your mouth water, and it won’t take you that long to make. All you need is a casserole dish and you’re halfway done. Your favorite sliced veggies just got a whole yummier and a whole lot cheesier!

        4. Spinach Pie via Latest Food

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          If it’s not good by itself, make it into a pie! This sun-inspired spinach filled pie will make any gathering a little brighter and much more delicious, and provides enough vegetable yumminess for everyone. And look how aesthetically pleasing it is!

          5. Balsamic and Brown Sugar Carrots via Food.com

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            For a tangy, sugary twist on carrots, this recipe fulfills both your savory and sweet cravings. Put aside your peeled carrots for something that will satisfy everyone’s preferences. This side dish is perfect for getting your vegetables in, no matter their age.

            6. Sweet Potato Chips via Heather’s Dish

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              Trade in your unhealthy potato chips for a new chip in town–the sweet potato chip! These are easy to make, have few ingredients, and are healthy! Put down your Lays and Ruffles for something much more satisfying to your taste buds.

              7. Spinach Smoothie via Iowa Girl Eats

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                If you don’t want to eat your veggies, drink them. This smoothie is sweet and filling, but is filled with veggies to keep you on your dietary track. And it’s perfect for busy days on-the-go when you still need to get your vegetables in!

                8. Crunchy Cauliflower via Going Cavewoman

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                  Cauliflower is good by itself, but with some crunch it is amazing. Add some bread crumbs and seasoning, and discover how good cauliflower can get. Don’t forget your dipping sauce!

                  9. Sesame Garlic Green Beans via Wishful Chef

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                    If you’re a big Asian-inspired food fan, look no further. With a little sesame and garlic, you’ll quickly turn green beans into everyone’s favorite. This green bean recipe takes an Asian turn that will make your taste buds celebrate!

                    10. Garlic Cherry Tomatoes via The Novice Chef

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                      Give those tiny tomatoes a little twist with some roasting and a splash of garlic! The contrast of the sweetness of cherry tomatoes and the bitter of the garlic will be a real hit!

                      Getting your recommended servings of vegetables doesn’t have to be a chore. With these delicious recipes you’ll actually look forward to getting your daily dose in. You might even eat more than you should! Play around with your ingredients and see what amazing vegetable creations you can come up with.

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                      Last Updated on July 23, 2019

                      5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                      5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

                      In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

                      Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

                      How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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                      • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
                      • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
                      • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
                      • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
                      • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
                      • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

                      When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

                      1. Realize You’re Not Alone

                      Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

                      2. Find What Inspires You

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                      Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

                      On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

                      3. Give Yourself a Break

                      When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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                      Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

                      4. Shake up Your Routines

                      Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

                      Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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                      When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

                      5. Start with a Small Step

                      Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

                      Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

                      More to Help You Stay Motivated

                      Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

                      Featured photo credit: Anubhav Saxena via unsplash.com

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