Power Up With Flavorful Vegetable Sides

By  November 05, 2012

Power Up With Flavorful Vegetable SidesFacing a midday crash but don’t want to hit the vending machine? Make your lunch work overtime by choosing foods that not only satisfy your appetite but also  provide energy and nutrients from vegetables to help keep you going. These four fibrous-vegetable recipes will do just that.

Asparagus With Balsamic Tomatoes
With folate, vitamins A, C, and E, and antioxidants, these delicious green spears are extremely versatile. Roasted, grilled, or stir-fried, they cook quickly and retain most nutrients. Add halved grape tomatoes to a pan of asparagus, toss in balsamic vinegar and fresh garlic and you’ve got yourself a hearty side dish in a flash.

Tuscan Seasoned Broccoli

A lack of iron can leave you feeling lethargic, which is why you could try including broccoli in your midday meal. Try Green Giant Seasoned Steamers Broccoli—the vegetables steam in the bag and are the perfect portion size. The Parmesan cheese and Tuscan-inspired seasonings add a spicy kick.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad
Spinach is  an important leafy green which  makes a great salad base. Try to buy fresh if possible, but bagged spinach works too. Toss in sliced strawberries, almond slices, and a bit of goat cheese and then drizzle with balsamic. Popeye would be proud!

String Bean Salad With Walnuts and Goat Cheese
This versatile side dish is easily transportable and tastes great as a leftover. Boil yellow and green wax beans, then add walnuts and goat cheese. Pour a mixture of balsamic vinegar and olive oil on top  for added flavor.