Top Vegetables You Should Always Have at Home

I'm no vegetarian; but I do love vegetables. I owe that to my parents who taught me and my siblings that vegetables are oh! so de-li-cious! foods. (Well, they are!) Vegetables are not only tasty; they are also low calorie, barely with any fats, filling to the tummy, highly nutritious, cancer-fighting, anti-aging foods. Now, who wouldn't want that?

You and your family should definitely enjoy more of vegetables, every day. I'm just grateful that at any early age, I was influenced by my parents to really like eating veggies.

With that, here are my top vegetables that you should keep at home.

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1. Tomatoes. While it is technically a fruit, I will include this as one of the top vegetables you should have at home. Of all the fruits I know, tomatoes are the closest to a vegetable that one can find.

Notable characteristics of the tomatoes

- can be eaten raw or cooked

- can be used to make soups and sauces

- can be mixed with chicken, pork, beef or other vegetables

- high lycopene content which is good for the heart and our blood health

- high anti-oxidant (such as the lycopene) that fights away cancer cells

- lower the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and other cardio-vascular ailments

- contain vitamins and minerals including A, C, K, potassium, folate and iron.



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Tomatoes are used in stewing fish.Tomatoes as a healthy garnish.Cherry tomatoes for a quick pasta meal.
Tomatoes are used in stewing fish.
Tomatoes are used in stewing fish.
Tomatoes as a healthy garnish.
Tomatoes as a healthy garnish.
Cherry tomatoes for a quick pasta meal.
Cherry tomatoes for a quick pasta meal.
Spinach leaves
Spinach leaves

3. Red and Green Bell Peppers

Also known as the capsicum, bell peppers are rich in Vitamin C. It's a good addition to a stir-fried vegetable dish not only because of their gracious colors; but because of the aroma they give out when cooked. A few bell pepper strips also goes well in a fresh garden salad; or it may also be a snack on its own given the right kinds of dip.

Notable characteristics of red and green bell peppers:

- colorful and crisp exteriors

- magnificent flavors and mouth-watering smell

- may be spicy when freshly picked

- rich in Vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, C, K, lycopene and folic acid

- high anti-oxidant content

- fights away cancer cells

- in terms of nutrients, best when slightly cooked or eaten raw

5. Cabbages

Cabbage is a cousin of the broccoli vegetable. They are both classified as cruciferous. Cabbage can be eaten raw (e.g. Caesar's salad); or cooked. It may be steamed, stir-fried or mixed with a fish or pork soup dish.

Notable characteristics of cabbages:

- usually light green; some come in purple

- goes well with noodle recipes

- goes well with other vegetables

- low in calorie

- rich in Vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, K, fiber and folate

- may help lower cholesterol levels

- best eaten slightly cooked, steamed or blanched to get most of its anti-cancer agents

6. Mushrooms

Mushrooms are fungi. They are not vegetables; not even classified as plants. However, it is good to have them at home because they are just as generous as the vegetables when it comes to nutrients and health wonders including weight loss.

Notable characteristics of mushrooms:

- contains anti-oxidants that fight away cancel cells

- may help lower cholesterol levels

- good source of proteins and carbohydrates

- low in calories

- cremini and Portabello mushrooms have high selenium contents that helps in weight loss

- Shiitake mushrooms have high contents of Vitamin D

7. Kale

Kale can be eaten steamed, blanched, or stir-fried. For a colorful, flavorful dish, try a mix of the dark green kale, orange carrots and rep bell peppers in garlic and olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Notable characteristics of kale:

- contains Vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, K, fiber, calcium and folate

- high anti-oxidant contents

- helps lower cholesterol levels

- fights away cancer cells

- low in calories

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Snap beans (with onions)canned green peasMung beans
Snap beans (with onions)
Snap beans (with onions)
canned green peas
canned green peas
Mung beans
Mung beans

8. Beans, peas and lentils

If you take a quick peak in my Flexitarian hub, you'd notice that these 3 are part of the diet's major food group under meat substitutes.. The Flexitarian diet shows how a person may be a flexible vegetarian - one who can still eat meat; however, eats more of vegetables. Anyway, beans, peas and lentils are part of the top vegetables you should have at home because they are good sources of proteins, low in fats, as well as in calories.

Notable characteristics of beans, peas and lentils:

- literally fills the stomach with less calories

- easier to digest than meats

- source of proteins in the absence of meats

- rich in minerals including protein, fiber, folate, iron potassium and selenium.

- contains disease-fighting agents

Baby broccoli florets
Baby broccoli florets

10. Broccoli


Broccoli is one of the best vegetables in terms of nutrients. It's a member of the cruciferous family which includes the cauliflower and the cabbage (both healthy vegetables, too.)

Notable characteristics of the broccoli:

- rich in Vitamin C

- low in calories

- rich in Vitamins and minerals including, Vitamin A, C, folate and phosphorus

- high in anti-oxidant contents

- cancer-fighting vegetable

- helps lower blood sugar levels

- easy to cook (It's best eaten slightly cooked to get most of its health benefits)

- easily goes well with other vegetables

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Feel free to write down the vegetables you think should be included in this top vegetable list.

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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks om! Nice having you here.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

Nice hub! I regularly eat most of these vegetables, except peas and lentils. I didn't used to like kale very much, but have recently grown to enjoy it. I love turning it into crispy kale chips (just toss it in a little bit of oil and bake it for a few minutes). Anyway, thanks for the read. Rated way up!


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks GMAGoldie! I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub.


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GmaGoldie 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

beingwell,

I flunked! Oh, what a wonderful hub! Thank you!

I always have beans because they are in cans and one of my family's favorite recipes is the Calico Beans. I really must improve.

Thank you! Voted up!


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

My pleasure livingsta! Have a great weekend!


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Interesting hub with useful information! Great reminder even if people do get deviated sometimes away from vegetables and eat purely non-veg.

Thank you for sharing this with us. Votes up and sharing!


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks for participating in the poll lovedoctor. Are you also in myLot?


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks victoria! The pleasure is all mine.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks rajan! Do you have these veggies at home?


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Informative & useful. I voted three of these vegetables are in my fridge. thanks for sharing.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love veggies! I have about 7 of those plus more! :-) Nice reminder of wonderful veggies!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Yes , this is a very healthy list. Voted up, useful and shared.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks for the comment theweaksend. Yeap, it's good to read about things we already know once in a while.


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theweaksend 3 years ago

Woohoo! I have all except for cabbage right now, do I get a star for the day? haha Thanks for this awesome hub, even though I already knew most of it, it's always nice to have a refresher! Plus, this stuff needs to get spread around so people can learn to eat more healthy food. =)


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks lisa. I appreciate the visit.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks brad!! Great to see you in one of my hubs again.


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LisaMarie724 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

I enjoyed this hub because I love my veggies as well. Some of my favorites are mentioned here. Great work!


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas

Tomatoes are a fruit? Wow! I never knew that, I always thought they were vegetables. Anyway, my grandmother eats a lot of vegetables, and I think that one of the reasons why she gets around so well at the age of 79. I definitely eat more vegetables than I used to. I have really developed a love for cabbage. Good stuff. I'm going to have to incorporate more of these into my diet, since they all seem to help rid off cancer, which runs in my family. Another great and informative hub Rizza! Voted up, and rated useful. Great great job!


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks mvillecat! Good for you for having stacked veggies at home.


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mvillecat 3 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

I have many of these right now either in my kitchen or garden. Just made fresh slaw tonight to go with bbq. I canned many of these last year and enjoyed them throughout the winter. Voted up!


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks mama kim. Zucchini, yes! I have to buy one of those soon!


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

True! Spinach mix so well with cheeses.


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Sure thing pegcole! Thanks for dropping by!


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beingwell 3 years ago from Bangkok Author

Thanks peggy! You're lucky to grow your own foods. I'd like to have that too someday.


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Mama Kim 8 3 years ago

These are all great choices!! I have to agree with you and add zucchini, onion and sweet potatoes ^_^ voting up!!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

All good ideas. I have at least 7. One day last a week a lady was buying a vegetable pizza I was in line next to her and she ask me what she should put on her vegetable pizza and I suggested spinach leaves their always good on everything. Voted up on your hub.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Your top 10 list is one I'm going to memorize. Many of these I enjoy on a regular basis. Some of the others I'll have to begin adding in to my diet. Thanks for the informative rundown on these veggies.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I voted that I have at least 3 in my fridge. That is only because I cooked the broccoli last night and recently used up the mushrooms and spinach and tomatoes that we also try to keep on hand at all times. Will be replacing them soon! I am growing swiss chard in our garden in place of the kale. We always try and keep a good supply of vegetables...and also fruits...on hand. Up and useful votes and will share.

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