My no-fuss answer to cooking up the haul from the farmers' market: Toss vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill until crisp-tender. Drizzle with vinaigrette made with minced shallot and plenty of fresh herbs. Pile leftovers on crusty baguette with melted fontina or fresh mozzarella for lunch the next day.
If you've been an EatingWell fan for a while, you know this: we want you to be as excited about eating vegetables as we are! We want your picky husband or wife or kids to eat more vegetables too. Chances are, many of you are right there with us, total vegetable fanatics.
This June marks our second annual Eat More Veg! challenge. We've teamed up with Recipe for Success, a nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood obesity. When I first spoke with their founder and president, Gracie Cavnar, I immediately wanted EatingWell to get involved. Gracie is a bundle of optimism, with a dash of Pied Piper. During our first chat, Gracie told me how she had become outraged about the junk food in the vending machines at the public schools around Houston. That was the spark that led her to launch Recipe for Success back in 2005, with a curriculum to teach kids how to eat well from seed to plate. Today that curriculum is available to schools nationwide.
More recently, Recipe for Success built Hope Farms, an urban farm on 7 1/2 acres in the historic Sunnyside neighborhood of Houston. The goal is twofold: to provide a source of locally grown, healthy food in a neighborhood considered a food desert and also to provide veterans with jobs and training.
I have big admiration for all of Recipe for Success's efforts, but I knew I'd found a way EatingWell could support them when I heard about the VegOut! app they created to get kids excited about vegetables. The idea is this: you download the app, invite friends, family, co-workers, schoolmates, etc. to join, then track the different vegetables you eat to see how you rank against other players. In other words, it gives you extra incentive to notch up your vegetable game. Our whole editorial team will be playing along using VegOut! this June, and we want to invite you, and everyone else for that matter, to join as well. Best of all, when you join the challenge and use the VegOut! app you'll have the chance to get sponsors to raise money to bring Recipe for Success to a school in your neighborhood.
Take our 30-Day Eat More Vegetables Challenge. Join us on EatingWell.com and Facebook, where we'll be posting new vegetable recipes, tips and videos each day in June. And be sure to download the VegOut! app to keep track of all the veggies you're eating. If that's not enough, just look around. It is the beginning of summer, after all—delicious inspiration is everywhere you turn.
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