5 Delicious Yet Underappreciated Veggies & The Ways To Cook With 'Em

by Meredith Kreisa
These days, kale has a cult following and Brussels sprouts are a part of the in-crowd. But there are still plenty of vegetables that, metaphorically, haven't yet had their moment in the spotlight. It is a well-known fact that maintaining a diverse diet is a healthy choice, and in pursuit of that, it’s easy to fall back on your favorite produce. So incorporating a different variety of vegetables into your lifestyle doesn’t just add a wonderful boost of unique nutrients into your diet, it also gives your meals a delicious change of pace.

And if you want inspiration for even more ways of using the underappreciated veggies below, tune into our shows like Hemsley + Hemsley for the latest food trends from the sister-sister duo, Now Eat This! for chef Rocco DiSpririto's tasty tricks, Healthy Gourmet to see​ the push-and-pull between flavor and nutrition, and Recipe Rehab for your favorite recipes rejiggered into healthier versions (plus many more!). Check out all of Z Living's shows and find out where to watch.

Here's 5 healthy and delicious vegetables to work into your meals:

1. Bok Choy

Bok choy is a variety of Chinese cabbage that is featured in many stir-fries. Given that it has very little flavor, you'd think it wouldn't have many nutrients, but it actually has a ton. Its vitamins and health benefits include omega-3s, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, lutein, potassium, protein, calcium, and antioxidants. 

Incorporate bok choy into tonight's dinner — here's how: RECIPE: Teriyaki Salmon With Bok Choy

2. Belgian Endive

Belgians call this leafy vegetable "white gold" with good reason. The delicate flavor can be a little bitter, but it is primarily sweet and nutty. And it also packs a good dose of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, and iron. 

For a perfect dip for endive spears, try this: RECIPE: Make The Healthy Spinach & White Bean Dip From 'Altar'd'​

3. Carrots

They’re not exactly off the radar, but they are definitely underappreciated. Everyone has had their fair share of sad, boiled carrots. But they are so much more than that one unoriginal recipe! If prepared well, carrots can be one of the most flavorful vegetables you'll find. And, they are rich in nutrients, contain biotin, vitamin A, vitamin K, several B vitamins, and lower amounts of several other nutrients all in one bright, pretty package. 

For a healthy sweet treat perfect for that bunch of carrots in your fridge, try this: RECIPE: Tasty, Healthy Carrot Cake From 'Altar'd'​

4. Beet Greens

Beet greens are the leafy greens atop beetroots. They are mild tasting much like spinach and collard greens. While beetroots are the more popular part of the plant, beet greens are also chock full of vitamin K, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, potassium, manganese, fiber, calcium, and iron. 

This delicious salad makes use of both beets and beet greens. Enjoy: RECIPE: Citrus Farro Salad With Roasted Beets & Poppy Seeds​

5. Parsley 

You might know it as an herb or a familiar garnish, but parsley is also widely used as a delicious vegetable. It has a fresh, bright flavor that improves many savory dishes. It is also rich in vitamin K,  vitamin A, vitamin C, protein, iron, folates, magnesium, copper, and countless other nutrients.

Parsley is easy to add to any savory dish. Simply sprinkle a bit of chopped parsley over the top of any meal.

Parsley makes a flavorful addition to tons of dishes, but we're partial to the flavor it adds to this easy favorite: RECIPE: A Mouthwatering Ground Turkey Sloppy Joe

So here’s to giving these vegetables all the credit and plate space they justly deserve. Bon appetit!


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