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Anita Asks:

March 18, 2011
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QMy husband is horrible about eating vegetables! He says he hates the mushy texture when they are cooked. Do you have any ideas or recipes that include crunchy vegetables?

- Anita


Fresh vegetables are plentiful year-round, as are high-quality frozen vegetables in almost endless varieties, so it is easier than ever to prepare vegetables that taste fresh and stay crunchy!

There is a world of difference — in both taste and nutrition — when you take the effort to prepare vegetables "al dente," or just until crisply tender. The three recipes below use different cooking techniques — all of which preserve the crispness wonderfully.

Try Roasted Honey Carrots, shimmering with a glaze of brown sugar and honey. Or cook up our Garden Vegetable Sauté, a mixture of vegetables sautéed with Italian spices until crisp yet tender. For something a little more unusual, try Peas & Pods with Onions — the veggies are cooked lightly in a small amount of broth with fresh tarragon that complements the dish beautifully.

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