Guide to Cooking 20 Vegetables

How to shop for, prepare and cook healthy vegetables.

If you want more fiber, nutrients and antioxidants in your diet—eat more vegetables! We know it’s tough to expand your vegetable vocabulary when you don’t know how to cook unfamiliar varieties, so we’ve compiled this cooking guide for 20 of our favorite vegetables. Click on a vegetable below to find grocery shopping tips, quick and easy preparation techniques and cooking methods to bring out the flavor of each vegetable. Start with 1 pound untrimmed raw vegetables. Download a FREE Healthy Vegetable Side Dish Recipe Cookbook!



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09/01/2009 - 3:45pm

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02/18/2010 - 11:27pm

Thank you for the information, we recently decided to cook healthier.
But we didn't have alot of experience with cooking with vegatables and this article will be really helpful.
Kevin E.
Wadsworth Oh.


03/05/2010 - 2:30pm

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08/04/2010 - 5:38pm

Great guide!!! So helpful


05/17/2011 - 10:26am

I wish there was one list that showed specific roasting times for each vegetable - so if I want to raost a variety at once, I would know which one to start first & when to add each additional veggie to the roasting pan


09/10/2012 - 7:11pm

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