8 simplified flavor profiles for remarkable veggies

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If you’ve been following along you know that one of the reasons I started focusing on veggie-centered meals was to get more variety in my meal plans. If you want to double up on the variety in your kitchen and create remarkable veggie dishes that will totally WOW your family, start experimenting with some new flavor profiles!

For a super simple, no hassle recipe, use this guide like a mix-n-match game! Choose two focus veggies, add two flavor boosters and one item from the Add a Little category. Serve on top of an item from the Add Substance category.


Italian

Start with   Eggplant, tomatoes, artichoke, zucchini, mushrooms, onions.

Add some   lemon, fennel, basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary, red pepper flakes.

And a dash of   balsamic vinegar, pine nuts, olives.

Serve with   white beans, pasta, garlic bread.

For an easy italian weeknight dinner Try Three Cheese Zucchini Stuffed Lasagna Rolls from SkinnyTaste


French

Start with   Artichoke, asparagus, celeriac, endive, celery, carrots, potatoes.

Add some   thyme, tarragon, sage, lavender, red and white wine. 

And a dash of   capers, dijon mustard, cream.

Serve with   crusty bread.

For a delicious french breakfast Try Drippy Eggs with Asparagus French Toast Grilled Cheese Soldiers from Half Baked Harvest


Scandinavian

Start with   Beets, leeks, cauliflower, potatoes, turnips, rutabaga, lingonberries.

Add some   dill, parsley, caraway, licorice, cardamom, cinnamon.

And a dash of   vinegar

Serve with   seafood, rye bread, lentils

For a fantastic soup for spring and summer Try this Warm Almond, Garlic, and Parsnip Soup from Green Kitchen Stories

and a Scandinavian bonus


Mexican

Start with   Sweet potato, peppers, avocado, tomatoes, corn, jicama.

Add some   cumin, chili powder, oregano, garlic.

And a dash of   lime, scallions.

Serve with   black beans, tortillas, rice.

For a refreshing summer snack Try Jicama with Lime and Tajin Chili Powder from Spice Foodie

and a Mexican bonus


Mediterranean

Start with   Tomato, eggplant, zucchini, artichoke, okra, swiss chard, arugula.

Add some   oregano, rosemary, bay leaves, thyme, garlic.

And a dash of   pomegranate, honey, nuts.

Serve with   bulgur, white beans, lentils.

For a delicious, hearty dinner Try Mediterranean Baked Chicken from The Clever Carrot (for all veggie, substitute chicken for chopped zucchini)


Indian

Start with   Eggplant, peas, tomato, cauliflower, spinach, carrots.

Add some   cardamom, cumin, coriander, saffron, garam masala.

And a dash of   yogurt, coconut milk, fennel.

Serve with   basmati rice, naan bread.

For those of us who don't have a tandoor Try Tandoori Cauliflower with Indian Spiced Quinoa from Oh My Veggies


North African

Start with   Eggplant, bell pepper, carrots, cucumber, squash, zucchini.

Add some   mint, turmeric, parsley, cilantro, paprika, cumin, lemon.

And a dash of   honey, olives, almonds, raisins.

Serve with   chickpeas, couscous.

For summer-time grillin' Try Grilled Moroccan Vegetable Skewers from Natasha’s Kitchen


South Asian

Start with   Bok choy, cabbage, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, radish, edamame.

Add some   ginger, lemongrass, basil, cilantro, chili peppers.

And a dash of   soy sauce, coconut milk, oyster sauce, rice wine vinegar.

Serve with   rice, egg noodles.

For when you want to do snacking right Try Spring Vegetable Potstickers from The First Mess


Of course every culture's food is way more rich and varied than what I can fit in a 3x5 box.

Use these flavor guides to get your imagination going  and dip your toes into some new flavors you haven't cooked with before.


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