I’m still not sure I understand the concept of winter vegetable, but my mom and sister-in-law (who happen to live in Maine) have tried to teach me the basics.
It’s not something I can completely master, and we’ll have to wait and see if my parents’ efforts can help me grow up to be a true vegetable chef.
And while my parents and I are on a mission to improve our kitchen skills, I have a new obsession with winter vegetables.
Winter vegetables are a must-have, because it’s a time of year when they get all the attention.
But I can’t be a full-time vegetable chef without learning the best ways to prepare winter vegetables to suit your taste.
Here are the top 5 ways to cook winter vegetables for a great dinner.
Warm Up the Soup: When the temperature drops, it’s usually a good idea to start cooking up some soup, as it’s essential to get your body into a good state of temperature and moisture.
Warm up a bit in the microwave and make sure the soup is thoroughly mixed.
Add a few teaspoons of olive oil and a few spoonfuls of chopped onion to your soup, then add a generous handful of chopped parsley and a generous pinch of cumin.
Next, stir in a bit of butter and a bit more of the soup mixture.
Add some chopped fresh mint and sprinkle with a generous dash of salt and pepper.
Add another pinch of salt to your mixture and add the cooked vegetables to the soup.
Once the soup has simmered, add more broth to the pot, cover the pot with a lid and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes.
The vegetables should be tender and lightly browned.
Add your favorite garnishes and serve immediately.
The soup will be more flavorful and hearty than you might expect.
Cook Up a Salad: In the fall, winter vegetables are an essential part of many summer salads.
You can use any vegetable you’d like to use as long as it has a good texture.
The first step is to boil up some water and put it in a small saucepan.
When it’s boiling, add in the vegetables and sauté for about 30 seconds.
When the vegetables are tender, add them to the pan with the remaining water.
This will make the soup even thicker.
Add more water if you feel it needs it.
Then add the lettuce and cook for another 10 seconds.
Add in the tomatoes and stir it for another minute.
The tomato flavors will enhance the soup’s taste.
Serve Your Winter Vegetables on the Side: Another winter favorite is to serve your vegetables on the side.
To prepare the vegetables, start by boiling them in a pot of water and adding the soup ingredients in the water.
Next add in some chopped onions and some fresh parsley.
Add to the mix and stir to combine.
Add the broccoli and carrots, sautée for another 30 seconds and add in a few pieces of chopped green onions and parsley if you’re feeling adventurous.
Add salt to taste.
Add an additional tablespoon of olive or coconut oil to the water and add to the vegetables.
Prepare a Winter Dinner: Winter vegetables aren’t just for summer.
When your season is coming to a close, you’ll need to cook up some dinner, too.
So, add the soup to a small pot, and add some chopped carrots and onions, and some chopped parsleys.
Add parsley to the veggies and stir for another 15 seconds.
You want the vegetables to be crunchy on the outside, but soft and tender on the inside.
When all of the vegetables have cooked, add your soup to the side and top it with your favorite herbs.
Serve your dinner on a bed of lettuce, tomato, and parsnip, then garnish with the mint and some shredded carrots.
This is a great way to add a touch of summer flavor to your dinner.
Add Winter Vegetable to a Recipe: Add a bit to your favorite recipes, even if you don’t plan to cook them yourself.
Just add the vegetables as a garnish to the top of the dish.
Add olive oil to your pot and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about five minutes.
While the vegetables cook, make a simple soup using a little water from the kettle.
Add all of your favorite winter vegetables, and top with the soup, if desired.