Tasty Veggie Toppers

by Diane Lofshult on May 01, 2005

Want to get your family or clients to eat more of the healthy green stuff? Test out these simple toppings on any fresh or frozen veggie dishes:

Orange-Sesame Drizzle. Whisk together 2 tablespoons (tbs) reduced-sodium soy sauce, 2 tbs orange juice, 1 tbs rice vinegar, 1 tbs toasted sesame oil, 2 teaspoons (tsp) sugar, 1/2 tsp chili-garlic sauce, 2 tsp minced fresh ginger and 1 clove of minced garlic. Warm in the microwave, if desired, and pour over greens such as spinach or broccoli. Top with toasted sesame seeds.

Lemon-Garlic Dressing. Whisk together 2 tbs extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tsp grated lemon zest, 2 tsp lemon juice and 1 clove of minced garlic. Warm in the microwave, if desired. Season with salt and pepper, and use to dress asparagus or green beans.

Spicy Peanut Sauce. Mix 1/4 cup natural peanut butter and 2 tbs hot black tea (or boiling water); stir until smooth. Stir in 1 tbs reduced-sodium soy sauce, 1 tbs lime juice, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1 clove of minced garlic and 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes. Spoon over cooked bok choy or cabbage.

Source: July 2004 Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter.

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at lofshult@roadrunner.com.