More vegetables for health, please

Updated: Feb 5, 2019

Many of us struggle to reach the recommended 5 to 6 servings of vegetables each day but it doesn't have to be that difficult. I have found that finding easy to make recipes that incorporate vegetables with some carbs can provide a nutritious side or a stand alone meal. One such recipe "Mustard-marinated Vegetable Salad" uses one 14-16 ounce bag of mixed frozen vegetables of your choice that includes a carbohydrate like corn or spiral butternut squash. Place in a large bowl and set aside. No other preparation is required. Easy right!

The Dressing consists of 3 T of orange juice, 2 T of cider vinegar, 2 T of olive oil, 1 T of Dijon mustard, 1 medium clove of garlic minced, 1/4 t of tarragon, 1/4 t of marjoram, salt and pepper to taste. Coat the frozen veggies with the dressing and set at room temperature for 3 - 4 hours tossing on occasion. When veggies are completely thawed the salad is ready to serve and enjoy!

Just a note about one of the herbs: Tarragon, contains iron, flavonoids and other antioxidants that reduce inflammation. It also contains a lot of trace minerals like calcium potassium and vitamin A. This delicate herb has a peppery flavor so you want to use it as the recipe calls for. Tarragon can also be substituted for recipes that call for dill.

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