Easy Ways to Season Vegetables | Recipe: Lemon Broccoli and Peas

Seasoning vegetables doesn’t have to be rocket science, but can be the difference between okay side dishes and fabulous feasts.

Easy Ways to Season Vegetables - Seasoning vegetables doesn't have to be rocket science, but can be the difference between okay side dishes and fabulous feasts. Includes recipe for Lemon Broccoli and Peas.

Lately, I’ve been trying to simplify in the kitchen. I want to focus on flavors and freshness. This is summer, after all, when fresh produce is easy to come back and pretty tasty to boot. Why mess around in the kitchen?

Let’s spend less time cooking and more time eating and enjoying each other’s company!

One of the things that I’m trying to do to improve our family’s diet is to include more vegetables in the mix. Making them easily accessible is one great trick and seasoning them well is another.

You really don’t need much to season fresh, great tasting vegetables. In fact, lately, my husband, aka The Man Whose Mother Said He Hated Vegetables, has been raving about the simple preparations I’ve been leaning on these past few months. It’s all in the wrist….

Actually, it’s the fat, seasonings, and heat that make a difference:

Easy Ways to Season Vegetables - Seasoning vegetables doesn't have to be rocket science, but can be the difference between okay side dishes and fabulous feasts. Includes recipe for Lemon Broccoli and Peas.

Jessika’s Roasted Vegetables

Fat

Obviously, if you coat cooked veggies in butter, they’re going to taste fabulous. But, there’s a world of other fats, healthy ones, that bring great flavor to the table. I’ve been tossing them in a flavorful oil, such as coconut or olive. They are known to be healthier as well as packed with flavor.

Seasonings

It’s amazing how the simple things can pack a lot of punch. Sometimes, I just use a generous hand with salt and pepper. A friend hooked me onto the Queen’s Salt, Maldon Sea Salt Flakes which are amazing! I just grab a pinch or two from the box. Salt really can make a difference, so bust out of your iodized little canister and try kosher, sea salt, pink salt, or even the Queen’s salt.

Don’t overlook the power of the lemon. A little juice and zest can add a great zip to your dish. Garlic and onion, too, can add flavor without being overly complicated.

If I want to get a little bit crazier, I use one of my custom spice blends like Jamie’s Spice Mix. A spoonful or so sprinkled over veggies is just the ticket!

Easy Ways to Season Vegetables - Seasoning vegetables doesn't have to be rocket science, but can be the difference between okay side dishes and fabulous feasts. Includes recipe for Lemon Broccoli and Peas.

Heat

Forget the old boiled and steamed methods. You can pack some punch into veggies by your cooking method. Both roasting and grilling add great flavor and help you avoid soggy veg. I’ve taken to quickly sauteing vegetables in a skillet with the above mentioned fat and seasonings. I let the mixture brown just slightly which enables caramelization and adds flavor.

If I do steam veggies, I do it in just a bit of water and then finish it with a bit of fat in a hot pan, like in this quick and easy broccoli dish.

Easy Ways to Season Vegetables - Seasoning vegetables doesn't have to be rocket science, but can be the difference between okay side dishes and fabulous feasts. Includes recipe for Lemon Broccoli and Peas.

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  1. I’ve been adopting the same motto in my kitchen lately, too. Let’s cook less so we can have more time to do the more important things in life. Simple doesn’t mean flavorless. Too often, I resort to using the steamer because it frees me up to focus on another part of the dinner, but you are so right – roasting and sauteing vegetables in a little healthy fat makes all the difference. Thanks, again, for the Jamie’s Spice Mix recipe. I have looked at it a few times, but have yet to make it.

  2. Nearly every vegetable benefits when sautéed with some finely diced onions and minced garlic along with the fat and then seasoned with salt and pepper.

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