It is true that we Latinos are known for the delicious things we do with proteins (from lechon to churrasco to pollo guisado) and the scrumptiousness of our starches (hello yuca, platanos and arroz con everything!) but what about vegetables? As in the bright and colorful kind that crunch? Admittedly, some of us may need a little encouragement in that department. Enter National Eat Your Vegetable Day.
As far as holidays go it may not be the most exciting, but it could be the one to help you live a longer, healthier life. You’ve heard it before and it bears repeating: vegetables are filled with vitamins, minerals and the necessary fiber to keep your digestive track clean, lower bad cholesterol and increase chances of preventing cancer, heart disease and diabetes. So to celebrate National Eat Your Vegetables day why not do just that? Add a helping of veggies to lunch and dinner tonight. Here are three easy, Latin-inspired ideas.
ASPARAGUS CILANTRO RICE Think of it as sneaking veggies onto the plate. Sauteing fresh green asparagus with brown rice and cilantro is a great way to get the kids (or other anti-veggie family members) to give vegetables a try. Click here for the recipe.
SPINACH EMPANADAS If you pick no other vegetable to eat, pick a dark leafy green, one of the top foods that can improve your health. Flavorful spinach is packed with vitamins A and C and promotes healthy brain function and strong bones and muscles. Try it as a stuffing for classic empanadas. Click here for the recipe.
CALABACITAS This sauté of summer squash, onions and poblano peppers laced with cumin, oregano and fresh cilantro makes a great side dish or a filling for veggie tacos or quesadillas. Click here for the recipe.