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Eat Easy-To-Prepare Veggies

There's a reason they say "abs are made in the kitchen."  Without a healthy diet, it's impossible to get really fit -- and a healthy diet naturally includes vegetables.  Each time you sit down to a meal, you should make sure your plate is made up of at least 50% vegetables.

 

The only way to get really fit is to eat healthy.  Above is a plate of buckwheat, steamed red cabbage, sliced avocado, and chopped scallions.

The only way to get really fit is to eat healthy.  Above is a plate of buckwheat, steamed red cabbage, sliced avocado, and chopped scallions.

 

 

 

It's tough to include a lot of vegetables at each sit-down because preparing them usually requires a great deal of time and energy. Sure, you can have some raw broccoli or carrots as a snack, but for a full meal they will never suffice. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I get home from work and I'm starving, I don't have the time or patience to wash thirty leaves of chard, kale, or bok choy.  I do -- on the other hand -- have time to rinse a head of red cabbage or cauliflower, slice it up, and throw it in the pot to steam.  What's great about cabbage and cauliflower is they're big, so each one will provide several servings.  I'll always have leftovers to bring to the office for lunch the next day.

 

 

Let's be real: having the time to cook a gourmet meal for yourself is a rarity.  So here is my go-to list for easy to prepare vegetables when you are pressed for time:

1) Red Cabbage

Steamed red cabbage, a staple of the AFC Household.

Steamed red cabbage, a staple of the AFC Household.

2) Cauliflower

Steamed cauliflower with fresh black pepper, paprika, and cayenne.

Steamed cauliflower with fresh black pepper, paprika, and cayenne.

3) Squash

Steamed zucchini and squash.  These were the leftovers in a to-go container, which I brought with me for lunch the next day.

Steamed zucchini and squash.  These were the leftovers in a to-go container, which I brought with me for lunch the next day.

4) Zucchini 

Roasted zucchini, squash, and white onion.  Seasoned with turmeric, cardamom, and coriander.  The shot is a bit blurry because the steam was still coming off the pan.  

Roasted zucchini, squash, and white onion.  Seasoned with turmeric, cardamom, and coriander.  The shot is a bit blurry because the steam was still coming off the pan.  

 

Cabbage is best steamed, but it can also be sauteed.  As for cauliflower, squash, and zucchini, you can steam, saute or roast them in the oven.  Add olive oil and season to taste (cumin, cayenne, paprika, black pepper, turmeric, and oregano will all work).  These four options are all easy to wash and cut up, and it will take between 10-20 minutes to complete the entire preparation process. 

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