Adding Vegetables to your Meals

It may be cold and cloudy outside, but that doesn’t mean your meals have to be boring and dull.  Spice up your winter meals by adding a variety of veggies. Thanks to frozen and canned veggies, you can eat your favorite vegetables all year-round. Check out these tips for turning your winter meals from glum to yum!

Breakfast
Start your day off the right way – with vegetables.  Try adding spinach to your scrambled eggs or folded in an omelet with tomatoes, onions, and peppers. Enjoy the eggs with whole grain toast.  Or make a breakfast burrito using corn tortilla and a couple tablespoons of salsa.

Soups
Keep your body warm and healthy by adding lots of veggies to your soups.  Butternut squash makes a thick, hearty soup when you simmer and puree it with chopped carrots, celery, and a low-sodium vegetable broth. Get in some protein with this Lentil, Mushroom, and Swiss Chard soup or get zesty with a fun Taco Soup. Soups can easily be saved for later by freezing the leftovers.

Sides
Your side dishes do not have to be boring. Mixed veggies can bring more color and flavor to your meal. Try this Vegetable Dirty Rice for whole grain goodness or sauté spinach and garlic to add to a pasta.  

Bonus Tip: All Forms Count!
Save time and money by buying canned and frozen veggies.  These types of veggies are just as healthy as the fresh ones. Make even healthier choices by buying low-sodium cans, and frozen vegetables without the cream or butter sauces.

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