Most people believe that cooking from scratch takes more time than they have, Michal says. “To chop and sauté a beautiful pan of vegetables takes about 20 minutes,” she says. That’s as long as it takes to heat up a frozen pizza. Or to grab takeout from the barbecue joint down the road. Michal offers these time-saving tips for more veggies in less time:
- Buy vegetables from the salad bar. They are already cut and washed.
- Add bagged fresh vegetables to stir-fry, soups, and omelets.
- Fresh, pre-sliced mushrooms can add texture to ground beef with less fat and more flavor. Replace one-third of the meat with mushrooms—no one will ever know.
- Grab leftover veggies from the fridge and scramble them with eggs, roll them in a wrap with low-fat cream cheese, mix them into soup, or blend them into in your favorite smoothie.
- Kale chips are quick and easy to make in the oven. Eat them instead of potato chips.
- Use salsa instead of salad dressing. Just like that, you’ve got more vitamins and fewer calories.