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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 January 11, 2021

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                      2. Stress Relief

                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                      3. Improved Sleep

                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                      4. Appetite Control

                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                      5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                      6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                      Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                      7. Mosquito Repellant

                      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                      8. Pain Relief

                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                      9. The New Anti-Viral

                      Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                      10. Improved Cognitive Function

                      Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                      11. Money Saving

                      With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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