Personalize Your Produce

March 15, 2021
| Created by Genevieve Daly, RDN, CD

Say it with me now “produce doesn’t have to be boring!” Whichever way you prefer to eat them, keep in mind that the goal is just to eat more produce! Try a uniqque strategy to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables and personalize them to your taste. Some people hide produce in different dishes while others may use produce as a vessel for other ingredients. Or, simply use a different cooking method such as grilling to spice things up. Celebrate the remainder of National Nutrition Month by increasing your fruits and veggies. Here are a few recipe and preparation tips that will leave you feeling inspired. 

Produce Vessels 

An easy and beautiful way to increase veggies is to use them as the base of your dish. Mushrooms, peppers, zucchini and squashes are just a few examples that can be stuffed with other ingredients for a delicious, easy meal. Check out some of these recipes for inspiration: 

Shrimp and goat cheese stuffed portabellas 

Stuffed bell peppers 

One pot harvest 

Plant-based zucchini boats 

Grilled Produce 

With the weather slowly but surely warming up, firing up the grill to cook up some produce is a delicious way to add flavor to your food while getting you out of the house. Vegetables will get a nice char with a bit of a smoky flavor while the sugar in fruit will caramelize, giving your fruit a sweeter, nuttier flavor. Here are a few easy recipes to try on the grill: 

Grilled romaine with corn and avocado 

Baja grilled corn on the cob 

Grilled pineapple with butter rum glaze 

Sneak in Produce 

Whether it’s an attempt to make a favorite dish a bit healthier or to introduce a new vegetable into your diet, sometimes it’s easier to sneak produce into dishes. This is a great option that improves nutrition for the dish keeping flavor changes subtle. Check out some of these recipes to discover ways to  

Butternut squash risotto 

Butternut queso fundido 

Moroccan style chicken with green olives 

  • Pro tip: replace half of the spiralized noodles with regular pasta noodles if you’re still wary about diving completely into veggie noodles. 

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