Salads can be very boring at times…though they add a delicious and healthy crunch to your meals; they can be too monotonous and plain. However, apart from the salads, raw and green vegetables can be used in various forms as garnishes, chutneys, raitas and even as stuffing. Here are some ways you could try.
- Add finely chopped spinach besides coriander for garnishing curries and dals and see how the taste improves.
- Blanched beetroots, carrots, spinach and fresh cucumbers can be grated to add the much needed twist to raitas.
- While serving kebabs, cutlets or deep fried snacks make sure you are serving them on a bed of greens such as lettuce and tomatoes to not only enhance their appeal but their taste as well.
- Toss leftover rice from the fridge with roasted peanuts, grapes, finely chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and cabbages with a dash of lime, salt and pepper to have a healthy, tasty and complete meal. Warning – This could become your favourite very fast!
- You may grate vegetables such as carrots, beets, radishes or finely chopped beans, spinach, etc and knead them in the chapatti dough to make healthy tasty paranthas and crunchy.
- Finely chopped and lightly sautéed spinach, cabbage, capsicum and onion along with cheese can be stuffed into an omelette while folding it on the pan
- Mix a cupful of finely chopped greens with two tablespoons of roasted semolina (sooji), two tablespoons of cream, pepper and salt and make a paste thinning with milk if required. Apply this paste on slices of bread. Heat a skillet and oil it with a teaspoonful of canola. Place the slices stuffing down and let them cook till golden brown. Repeat the process with the wrong side down to get healthy and tasty open sandwiches.
- Top your favourite crackers with a slice of cheese and a vegetable stick for a quick snack on the go.
So dig up your fridge basket, find some greens, use a little bit of your imagination and a dash of spice to get a variety of healthy and tasty delights in a jiffy. As for the salad, what’s that?