Blog: Vegetables Accidentally


  • [RECIPE] Rhubarb-Apple Juice [Moment of Rhubarb Truthlessness]Ingredients4 cups chopped rhubarb4 cups water½ cup sugar3 cups apple juiceice cubesDirections1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring ...
    Posted May 11, 2015, 9:37 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • [BLOG] 5 Great Reasons to Eat by the Seasons Ever notice how strawberries just don’t taste the same in November, how peaches are awfully hard to find in February, or how zucchini never seems to go on sale ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2015, 8:57 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • [RECIPE] Red Velvet Pancakes Red Velvet Pancakes  [To make your sweetie's heart 'beet' faster!] Ingredients 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 4 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2015, 8:44 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • [BLOG] Resolve to Sneak in Small Changes: Here Are 15 to Get You Started If you've made a new year’s resolution related to eating better or losing weight, you’re not alone. A majority of resolvers do! Whether you stick to your ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2015, 6:40 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Cranberries: the healthy, festive, bouncing fruit!
    Posted Dec 8, 2014, 10:07 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Pumpkin: Festive & Nutritious
    Posted Dec 8, 2014, 9:45 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • [BLOG] A Cup of Prevention: Worth a Try This Winter Cold and flu season is upon us, but there’s good news. There is an easy home remedy for boosting your immune system that may help lower your chances of ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2014, 8:44 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • [RECIPE] Corn Chowder [Corn Chowder Cover-Up]This is a comforting bowl with something to offer everyone's palate: a combination of smokey and savory, plus sweet and fresh...oh, and a whole ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2014, 7:48 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • [RECIPE] Tossed Guacamole [Gumshoe Guacamole]At the flavor intersection of summer and guacamole, this crowd pleaser is an easy party trick that serves up nearly 10 cups of fruits and veggies. With so ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2014, 9:47 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • Please Stop Doing This to Your Tomatoes Tomatoes are one of the most fragrant and delicious treats that a summer garden has to offer. Indeed, I would even vote for them to be an official symbol of ...
    Posted Jul 30, 2014, 9:44 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • [RECIPE] Build Your Own SALSA!
    Posted Jul 1, 2014, 8:34 AM by Merrin McGregor
  • [RECIPE] Pink Watermelon Bubbly [Pink Bubbly Blindside] A quick and quenching way to beat the summer heat. Make them kid-friendly or adults-only: either way, the cup count will go up while this ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2014, 7:58 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • Do I Really Need to Wash Fruits & Veggies? Spend a little time in other people’s kitchens, and you will quickly see that there are many different perspectives on the how and whether to wash fresh fruits and ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2014, 12:41 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • [RECIPE] Sweet Berry Scones [Sweet Talk Scones] These scones are a sly indulgence your family will ask you to make over and over again! They won't last long, so it's probably best ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2014, 9:30 AM by Merrin McGregor
  • Raw vs. Cooked: A Veggie Debate You may have heard recent hype about raw food diets and the benefits of eating your veggies in the raw. While there certainly are benefits to eating plenty of raw ...
    Posted Apr 30, 2014, 1:05 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • [RECIPE] Masala Leek Poppers with Mango Dipping Sauce [Hide & Leek Poppers] Serve these crispy, savory bites with the cool and sweet mango dipping sauce, and you'll be sure to con a whole crowd of family and friends ...
    Posted May 14, 2014, 7:16 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • New Nutrition Labels to Give Fruit a Sweet Break You may have heard the good news: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced proposed changes to the food labels we are familiar with [and confused by] seeing on ...
    Posted Mar 18, 2014, 12:54 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • 5 Very Surprising Benefits of Eating Your Fruits & Vegetables Yes, we all know eating lots of fruits and veggies is good for us. Really, no one is doubting that anymore, but there are many interesting and unusual benefits that ...
    Posted Feb 18, 2014, 3:48 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • Vegetables … The Other Source of Protein It’s a new year, and you, like many, may have resolved to eat better this year, perhaps shed a few pounds … maybe even to eat a few more fruits ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2014, 11:34 AM by Merrin McGregor
  • Surprise: Your Holiday Feast is Healthy! There are so many fruits and vegetables included in a traditional holiday feast...you might be getting stuffed with more than you thought!  Consider this: indulging in your festive holiday ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2014, 11:27 AM by Merrin McGregor
  • A Second Helping of Healthy-but-Stealthy Fruit and Vegetable Sneaks [TOP SECRET] More Tips, as Promised Back in August, I shared 5 Fruit and Vegetable Sneaks with you. I encouraged you to work it, squeeze it, swap it, dry it, and zip ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2014, 10:01 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • Thanksgiving Feast: Who’s Counting (the Fruits & Veggies)? It’s that tasty season: Thanksgiving! This time of year is a no-brainer for sneaking in great seasonal fruits and veggies: think apples, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, cabbage ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2013, 9:44 AM by Merrin McGregor
  • Vegucation: Is an apple a day really enough? School is back! Time to do some learning.  Let’s start with some basic math on fruit and veggie consumption: How much is enough? Sounds like a simple question, but ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2013, 8:35 AM by Merrin McGregor
  • 5 Fruit and Vegetable Sneaks [TOP SECRET]  To craft anything well, you need the right tools.  Cooking, whether accidental or otherwise, is no exception. So to get you started on building your repertoire of fruit and veggie ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2014, 9:58 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • You don’t have to like broccoli There, I said it (and you can too). Broccoli is apparently President Obama’s favorite food, and it may be yours too..but it certainly doesn't have to be ...
    Posted Aug 20, 2013, 11:03 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • Summer: The perfect time to go accidental! Sweeter. Tastier. Sneakier. With summer upon us, it’s a foolproof time to begin going ‘accidental’ with your cooking. The bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available in your farmers ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2013, 5:36 PM by Merrin McGregor
  • Who ever ate a vegetable accidentally? What exactly is 'Vegetables Accidentally'?   Seriously, who ever ate a vegetable unintentionally? You might be surprised that it's very possible, very easy and very delicious! Vegetables Accidentally is a ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2013, 11:09 PM by Merrin McGregor
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[RECIPE] Rhubarb-Apple Juice

posted May 11, 2015, 9:21 PM by Merrin McGregor   [ updated May 11, 2015, 9:37 PM ]

[Moment of Rhubarb Truthlessness]


Vegetables Accidentally Recipe Rhubarb Apple Juice
Ingredients

4 cups chopped rhubarb
4 cups water
½ cup sugar
3 cups apple juice
ice cubes


Directions

1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring rhubarb and water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in sugar until dissolved.

2. Strain rhubarb mixture through a fine sieve over a pitcher, pressing out excess moisture. Stir in apple juice and refrigerate to chill. Serve over ice. They’ll never guess.


Slyly Serves: 6 – 8


Get this and so many more healthy-but-stealthy recipes in the cookbook, Vegetables Accidentally [healthier...but none the wiser]. Pick up your copy today!

[BLOG] 5 Great Reasons to Eat by the Seasons

posted Mar 30, 2015, 8:45 PM by Merrin McGregor   [ updated Mar 30, 2015, 8:57 PM ]

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Ever notice how strawberries just don’t taste the same in November, how peaches are awfully hard to find in February, or how zucchini never seems to go on sale in the winter? Pay attention to when fruits and vegetables are in season throughout the year and you’ll have your answers.

Once you notice to how distinctly delicious in-season produce is, you’ll have a hard time settling for out-of-season alternatives. But the benefits of eating in-season go far beyond just good taste. So often, nature knows best. And when it comes to eating what’s growing now, there’s no mistaking the benefits.

Here are 5 great reasons:


1. Taste
Possibly the most persuasive reason of all — when produce is fresh from the garden or the farmer’s market, it just tastes better. And with every day that passes, flavor and sweetness is lost. Certain veggies like peas and corn are incredibly sweet when fresh picked, but that sugar converts to starch within a day or two, leaving them lackluster in the flavor department [and likely pushed aside on the dinner plate]. When fruits and veggies taste great, you and your family will be inclined to eat more of them! No one wants to fill half their plate with flavorless produce, so eating by the season is a tasty way to get your daily servings in.

2 . Nutrition
Fresh picked produce is highest in nutrients, and the longer it takes to get from harvest to table, the more nutrients are lost. So produce that is picked early and artificially ripened on a truck while it travels long distances just can’t compare to naturally ripened fruits and veggies that soak up nutrients from the sun and soil until they reached the peak of ripeness.

3. Price
Another compelling rationale: Seasonal produce is cheaper! And that is the case simply because there’s an abundance of produce that is available — frequently from local sources — with much lower transportation costs to get from farm to market. Cash in on this seasonal benefit all year long!

4. Availability
When the season for any particular fruit or vegetable hits, you’ll know it by the plentiful displays at your farmers market or grocery store. Whatever is in season sells quickly, making for frequent turnover and a fresher selection.Take asparagus as an example: you might notice that when it’s not in season, the smaller, withered selection [if it’s in-stock at all] moves to a less-prominent area of the store. So look for the largest displays for a clue as to what’s in season now.

5. Good Pairings

When you are eating different foods around the calendar year, you’ll likely end up choosing and cooking with a wider variety of fruits and veggies overall, and pairing up those that naturally go together. What naturally goes together? Think tomatoes and basil, apples and squash, or strawberries and rhubarb. You’ll find plenty of inspiration for great food combos by shopping by the season. As the saying goes, things that grow together, go together!

Right now, look for the bounty of spring produce at your farmers market or grocery store. Spring welcomes so much tasty produce back to our plates, including greens, peas, asparagus, leeks, radishes, berries, rhubarb and more!





[RECIPE] Red Velvet Pancakes

posted Feb 1, 2015, 7:43 PM by Merrin McGregor   [ updated Feb 1, 2015, 8:44 PM ]



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[To make your sweetie's
heart 'beet' faster!]

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 (15-ounce) can sliced beets, drained and rinsed (1 ¾ cups)
1 ½ cups unenriched soy milk
½ cup orange juice
2 eggs
½ cup sugar 3 tablespoons plain unsweetened yogurt 1 ½ tablespoons 
vegetable oil
 1 teaspoon vanilla
6 drops red food coloring (optional)
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butter, for cooking
4 cups raspberries or sliced strawberries
maple syrup, warmed

 
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

  2. Make sure you’re alone in the kitchen. In a food processor, puree beets with soy milk until completely smooth. Add orange juice, eggs, sugar, yogurt, oil, vanilla and food coloring (if using). 

  3. Pulse to combine. Add wet ingredients to dry, stirring just until combined.

  4. vegetables accidentally red velvet pancakes recipePreheat griddle or large frying pan over medium heat. 

  5. Melt enough butter on the griddle or pan to coat. Ladle batter onto the pan (about ¼ cup per pancake), cooking until golden, about 2 minutes per side.

  6. Serve these unsuspecting pancakes topped with berries and maple syrup. 


Craftily Yields : about 2½ dozen pancakes


Get  more healthy-but-stealthy recipes in the cookbook, Vegetables Accidentally [healthier...but none the wiser]. Pick up your copy today!

[BLOG] Resolve to Sneak in Small Changes: Here Are 15 to Get You Started

posted Jan 10, 2015, 6:34 PM by Merrin McGregor   [ updated Jan 10, 2015, 6:40 PM ]

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If you've made a new year’s resolution related to eating better or losing weight, you’re not alone. A majority of resolvers do! Whether you stick to your resolution or [like most people] don’t, you can still make some small-but-stealthy changes to treat yourself well in 2015. 

Small steps go a long way! Yes, you’ve heard that before. But there’s no need to try so hard to make change. Why not try to pull the wool over on yourself by building a couple extra cups of fruits and veggies in every day...the accidental way. 

Here are 15 small-but-scheming suggestions to start the new year off right: 

    1. Add fresh blueberries or a few raisins to your bowl of cereal.

    2. Toss a few slices of mushrooms or bell pepper in the pan and fry an egg on top.

    3. Use hummus or baba ganoush as a dip instead of ranch dressing.

    4. Pack a piece of fresh fruit in your bag in case you need an afternoon snack.

    5. Spread your sandwich with something more flavorful than mayonnaise: try tapenade, roasted red pepper puree or guacamole. 

    6. Build a taller burger by topping it up with all the available veggie toppings. Stack on the lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, and all your favorites! 

    7. Add 100% fruit or veggie juice instead of water to add flavor to your sauces and soups.

    8. Shred a zucchini into your next pot of stew or soup. You won’t see or taste it in the end!

    9. Make your favorite meatball recipe, but throw in a couple cups of finely chopped onions, mushrooms and fresh herbs.

    10. Top a filet of fish with a fruit salsa. [Here’s some help to build your own.]

    11. Order bruschetta instead of garlic bread. 

    12. Choose tomato sauce instead of alfredo sauce on your pasta.

    13. Double up the veggie toppings on your next pizza. 

    14. Have a bloody mary with brunch.

    15. Indulge in a fruit-filled dessert! [Maybe strawberry tarts?]
Try a few of these ideas at home, at work and on the go. You’ll be increasing your fruit and veggie count without a second thought! Really, if you slip in the small sneaks, and you’ll get into the habit in no time...and you won’t suspect a thing!

And whether you’re resolving, or intending or really just hoping to treat yourself a little better this year, this list will set you on the right track.

Get more healthy-but-stealthy recipes and ideas i
n the cookbook, Vegetables Accidentally [healthier...but none the wiser]. Pick up your copy today!

[INFOGRAPHIC] Cranberries: the healthy, festive, bouncing fruit!

posted Dec 8, 2014, 9:42 PM by Merrin McGregor   [ updated Dec 8, 2014, 10:07 PM ]

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Pumpkin: Festive & Nutritious

posted Dec 8, 2014, 9:18 PM by Merrin McGregor   [ updated Dec 8, 2014, 9:45 PM ]

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[BLOG] A Cup of Prevention: Worth a Try This Winter

posted Oct 30, 2014, 8:24 PM by Merrin McGregor   [ updated Oct 30, 2014, 8:44 PM ]

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Cold and flu season is upon us, but there’s good news. There is an easy home remedy for boosting your immune system that may help lower your chances of getting sick this year — regardless of whether you choose to get the flu shot or not.

It’s pretty simple, really: Just eat your fruit and veggies. Pick any of your favorites and eat lots of them! Your immune system will thank you.

We know most people don’t eat nearly as much produce as is optimal. And during the winter season, people tend to eat even fewer fruits and veggies, but that’s the opposite of what you’ll want to do to stay healthy this time of year. Consuming fruits and vegetables — especially in-season — contributes to better overall nutrition. And better nutrition contributes to better health for you and your immune system.

The key is to get started before you get sick. 

So as the cold and flu season ramps up, you can bolster your defenses by making the effort to fill your meals with lots of produce. Any fruits and veggies will help, but your best bet is to load up on those rich in antioxidants [that includes vitamins A, C and E, as well as beta carotene, selenium, zinc, etc.] Some of the top choices to bulk up on antioxidants include berries, apples, grapes and citrus, as well as beans, artichokes, potatoes, broccoli, red bell pepper and pumpkin. Really, if you’re eating a variety of fruits and veggies, it’s really hard to go wrong. 

There is no guarantee that eating any specific foods will prevent you from catching the flu, and we know that what you eat is just part of the equation when it comes to staying healthy. But, you can certainly nosh assured that consuming lots of fruits and veggies will help to keep your immune system strong through cold and flu season, and all year long.



[RECIPE] Corn Chowder

posted Sep 20, 2014, 7:39 PM by Merrin McGregor   [ updated Sep 20, 2014, 7:48 PM ]

[Corn Chowder Cover-Up]


Vegetables Accidentally Recipe Corn Chowder

This is a comforting bowl with something to offer everyone's palate: a combination of smokey and savory, plus sweet and fresh...oh, and a whole lotta veggies they'll never even notice. 

When you serve up a pot of this goodness, don't forget to top everyone's bowl with those tasty bacon and green onion garnishes. [But there's no point in mentioning the 10.5 cups of veggies you're also serving up!]  

Ingredients

8 slices bacon, chopped
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup diced carrot
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
½ teaspoon dried thyme
salt and pepper
¼ cup all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth
2½ cups peeled and chopped (½–inch cubes) potato
3 cups corn, fresh or frozen and thawed
2 cups unenriched soy milk
¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar
1 cup sliced green onion

Directions

1. In a large pot, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to paper towels. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the pot. Shoo away the onlookers.

2. To the same pot, add onion, carrot, garlic, bay leaf and thyme, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

3. Sprinkle flour onto vegetables and stir for 1 minute. Add broth and potato and raise heat to medium-high. Let boil, stirring occasionally, until potato is just tender, about 8 minutes.

4. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add corn and soy milk, stirring to thoroughly combine. Cover and simmer until corn softens, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes more.

5. Stir in cheddar until melted. Check seasoning and adjust as needed. Serve hot, garnished with bacon and green onion.


Slyly Serves: 6 – 8


Get this and so many more healthy-but-stealthy recipes in the cookbook, Vegetables Accidentally [healthier...but none the wiser]. Pick up your copy today!


[RECIPE] Tossed Guacamole

posted Aug 23, 2014, 7:34 PM by Merrin McGregor   [ updated Sep 9, 2014, 9:47 PM ]

[Gumshoe Guacamole]

Vegetables Accidentally Recipe: Tossed GuacamoleAt the flavor intersection of summer and guacamole, this crowd pleaser is an easy party trick that serves up nearly 10 cups of fruits and veggies. With so much amazing produce in season – especially corn and tomatoes – you can't miss whether you serve this dish as a side or the star of the plate.

Dressing
zest of 1 lime
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
 teaspoon cayenne

Salad
3 cups chopped avocado
2 cups (10 ounces) chopped cooked boneless 
   skinless chicken breast
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and    
   rinsed 
(1¾ cups)
1 cup chopped red or yellow bell pepper
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen and thawed
½ cup finely chopped red onion 
½ cup fresh cilantro  
1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeño
salt and pepper

Directions

1. Make the dressing in a small bowl by whisking together lime zest and juice, oil, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne.

2. In a large bowl, combine avocado, chicken, tomatoes, beans, bell pepper, corn, onion, cilantro and jalapeño. Add dressing, tossing to coat. Check seasoning and adjust as needed.

3. Serve this fraudulent favorite at room temperature or chilled

Slyly Serves: 6 – 8


Get this and so many more healthy-but-stealthy recipes in the cookbook, Vegetables Accidentally [healthier...but none the wiser]. Pick up your copy today!

Please Stop Doing This to Your Tomatoes

posted Jul 30, 2014, 9:39 PM by Merrin McGregor   [ updated Jul 30, 2014, 9:44 PM ]

Vegetables Accidentally Blog: Please Stop Doing This to Your Tomatoes




Tomatoes are one of the most fragrant and delicious treats that a summer garden has to offer. Indeed, I would even vote for them to be an official symbol of summer. Fresh off the vine, they are unmistakably sweet and flavorful. But there is one sure way to deactivate the power of this aromatic palate-pleaser...

Please don’t put your tomatoes in the fridge!

Ok, those pinkish ones you get at the grocery store in the middle of winter won’t suffer from refrigeration too much, because they were nearly tasteless and barely reminiscent of a tomato in the first place. [To be fair, some out-of-season tomato options are beginning to improve, but summertime is definitely still your best bet.]

A summer tomato will lose texture and flavor quickly if you keep it in the fridge. In just a day or two you’ll find that your in-season garden treat begins to develop a mealy texture and lose its signature scent of summer. Want to know why? The scientific answer is served up here.

Want to bring out the best in your tomatoes? Store them on the counter. Its really that simple. Having them out and visible will also remind you to enjoy tomatoes more often while they are most fresh and fragrant, all summer long.


PS — While we’re on the topic of chilling [or not chilling] produce, please keep your avocados, mangoes, plums and peaches [until they are fully ripe], as well as potatoes and onions out of the fridge too!




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