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Favorite Vegetables

Updated on November 8, 2016
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I learned about making sheep's wool during my stay in South Africa. An interesting process to oversee.

Vegetables are good for you

Artichoke Plant
Artichoke Plant | Source
Our first Artichoke
Our first Artichoke | Source
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Cabbage formed beautifully
Cabbage formed beautifully | Source
White cauliflower at a young stage
White cauliflower at a young stage | Source

Some of my Favorite Vegetables

I enjoy eating vegetables it may not be everybody’s favorite.

A bit of each kind can keep the doctor away.

I have mentioned some of my favorite vegetables.

The following are my best vegetables:

  • Artichokes

My better half planted Artichoke plants it was just an experiment to see how the crop grows and develops.

We were surprised to see the artichokes take its shape and form.

The plant does grow in Croatia. I did not did not know what to expect. My first planting experience had surprised me in a good way.

I enjoyed nibbling on the ends of the leaves. I know another way of preparing Artichokes apart from the simple steamed and salted way.

If you enjoy eating the bits of artichokes try the following recipe.

  • Artichokes vinaigrette:

You will need four globe artichokes

Salt

Vinaigrette or French dressing

  • Serves four

Wash the artichokes in cold salted water. Cut away any stalk and pull off any tough outer leaves. The leaves can be cut in a straight line with scissors, if wished.

Cook the artichokes in boiling, salted water until tender. Small, very young artichokes take twenty five minutes, very large ones take about forty minutes.

When a leaf can be pulled away easily, they are done. Allow to cool, and then remove the center choke.

Serve the dressing separately or spoon it into the center of each artichoke.

To eat artichokes, pull away each leaf, dip the base in the dressing and eat the tender part. The base of the artichoke, often called the heart, is eaten with a knife and fork.

  • Asparagus on Artichokes

In this recipe you will need the following ingredients:

Four artichoke hearts

Two kilograms asparagus

Four eggs hard cooked

Hollandise sauce

Poach the artichoke hearts, then leave them to cool. Trim off the white and brown jagged ends of the asparagus and cut all the sticks to an average length.

Scrape off the rough skin near the end cut with a sharp knife. Wash well in cold water. Tie into bundles and cook in boiling, unsalted water for twenty minutes.

Chop the eggs, mix with some of the asparagus tips and place on the artichoke hearts.

Place the remaining asparagus tips on top and pour over the hollandise sauce.

  • Artichoke omelette

Four canned or fresh artichoke hearts

A quarter cup butter

Six eggs

Two and a half tablespoons water

Salt and pepper to taste

Two and a half tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • The recipe serves one person

Cut the artichoke hearts into quarters and fry gently in half the butter while preparing the omelette.

Beat the eggs lightly with water and salt and pepper to taste. Heat the rest of the butter to sizzling point into a medium-sized pan, keeping the heat fairly high.

Pour in the egg mixture. Draw the edges towards the center with a knife, at the same time tilting the pan in all directions so that the uncooked egg flows back to the edges and gets cooked for a minute.

Arrange the artichoke hearts on one half of the omelette, sprinkle with cheese then fold the omelette over. Slide out on to a warm plate and serve straight away.

My way of preparing Stuffed Artichokes:

You will need the following:

Four globe artichokes

Two tablespoons butter

Half small onion, finely chopped

One garlic clove, crushed

Four mushrooms, sliced

A few small florets cauliflower

Two and a half tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs

One and a quarter tablespoons chopped parsley

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

Half cup dry white wine

Remove the stalks and any coarse outside leaves from the artichokes and cut off about two and a half centimeters from the top of the leaves.

Pull the artichokes apart carefully and remove the choke. Heat the butter in a pan, add the onion, garlic, mushrooms and cauliflower and sauté for five minutes, then stir in breadcrumbs and parsley.

Season to taste and stuff the artichokes. Heat a little olive oil in a large enough pan to fit in the four artichokes. Put them in the pan and add the wine. Cover, and simmer over very low heat for about an hour.

Helpful Hints:

In Italy vegetables are generally served as a separate course, either before or after the meat, or as a first course. This recipe makes an excellent but substantial starter. Follow it with a light dish such as grilled sole or lamb cutlets.

  • Broccoli

Broccoli is the healthiest food with such great benefits you should not ignore this vegetable.

It helps me with my cholesterol levels I steam broccoli for ten minutes and add olive oil, salt and finely chopped fresh garlic. Don't overcook the broccoli all the nutrients will be dissolved.

  • Tomatoes

Red juicy tomatoes are such a pleasant tasting fruit or vegetable. I benefit from tomatoes in the following ways:

It keeps my skin looking good at all times in providing my skin with Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

A refreshing treat for keeping cancer at bay.

Tomatoes prevent blood clots a while ago I misunderstood my vein issues and realized it was not thrombosis after research I found out that tomato prevents thrombosis.

Cabbage

I never liked eating cabbage after reading more and more about the wonder vegetable I started adding it to my food list.

The leafy green vegetable is a healthy food and be cooked in many ways but the following recipe is best.

My favorite recipe with Cabbage:

  • Try this tasty recipe

Four slices of rump steak

One teaspoon cornstarch

Two and a half tablespoons oil

Two sticks celery, finely chopped

Four scallions, finely chopped

One cup finely shredded white cabbage

One and a quarter tablespoons soy sauce

Salt and pepper

  • Serves four

Wipe the meat and cut into paper thin slice. Mix corn flour to a smooth paste with two tablespoons water, add to the beef and mix well until the beef is completely coated with the mixture.

Heat the oil and fry the meat over a fierce heat stirring all the time for three minutes.

Remove from the pan. Add the vegetables to the remaining fat in the pan and meat, soy sauce salt and pepper, mix well and cook for three minutes serve immediately.

Cabbage helps for my skin and keeps it looking younger and supple. At one time I had suffered with pimples on my face and since the continuous eating of cabbage in my diet my skin no longer has the problem.

Green vegetables help with many health problems and it is best answer to a healthy lifestyle.

We have tried planting many vegetables of all planted last season onions were our best crop.

We had lovely purple onions for salads, cooking and for snacks. I tried frying onions quite crispy a great idea for snacking and is not fattening.

I have included some of my best recipes for a good treat.

How do you feel about eating vegetables?

Which is your favorite vegetable?

Did you hate any vegetable as a kid and now like the same vegetable?

Do you include vegetables in your daily diet?

Which green vegetable do you hate the most?

Have you tried planting certain kinds of vegetables?

Are you living the healthy way or prefer junk foods?

Do you cook with a variety of vegetables daily or do you prefer take out?

Do you prefer a home cooked healthy meal daily or eat out most of time?

Cooking may not be every woman’s best moment but to know your family is eating well and healthy is such relief.

You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen with busy lifestyles it is not always possible to make a meal from scratch prepare and plan your day so you have time to make a healthy meal for all.

Vegetables are Healthy Foods

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi precy thank you

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      precy anza 3 years ago from USA

      I love broccoli, asparagus and cabbage. Carrots too. :) Enjoyed looking at your photos.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Susan thank you for the vote up

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wow... Amazing recipes here DDE. Thanks for sharing these. Voted up.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      DeborahNeyens thank you kindly for commenting on my hubs.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      I love vegetables but have never tried preparing artichokes. I'll have to give them a try. My favorite vegetable is probably shell peas.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi cygnetbrown thank you for sharing your comment on Favorite Vegetables.

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Hi, DDE, I love vegetables, but I don't know if I prefer growing them or eating them!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Rock_nj you are right about he great taste in tomatoes when freshly picked than when bought in supermarkets. Thank you for commenting.

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      John Coviello 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Perhaps not technically a vegetable, but I like green beans (string beans) a lot. I also like tomatoes, which are on your list. I've found that most vegetables, especially tomatoes taste a lot better when you eat them a day or two after being picked from a farm, versus buying them a week or two old at a supermarket.

      Good advice regarding how to prepare vegetables in ways that make them easier to eat. They are important to a healthy diet and healthy living.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      VVanNess thank you for commenting.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      How delicious looking! This is one of our favorite Asian dishes. I've been looking for a great recipe but just haven't found one yet. Very nice!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Nadine May thank you and so kind of you to stop by here I am South African and but now living in Croatia.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Great hub and love the recipes and some I will try out. Greetings from Cape Town

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Au fait so kind of you to share your comment here I appreciate your kindness. Thank you.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I love vegetables. They're my favorite things. This is a very informative article and I enjoyed your recipes, especially for artichokes, since they are not a main stay for me, but I did like the ones I've had the good fortune to taste. I've often wondered how one might prepare them. Thank you for these great suggestions too.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      D.A.L. you are so right thank you for the vote up, and interesting. Your comments are always appreciated.

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      Dave 3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      very informative and interesting. Vegetables are wonderful to grow and as you know are much better tasting than mass produce ones you by in stores. artichokes are relatively expensive to buy in the UK, but worth every penny and your great recipe will be put to the test as soon as possible. Voted up and interesting.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      kidscrafts thank you for stopping by and is worth exploring my dear.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      tillsontitan thank you for the vote up, useful and interesting your comments are always appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MsDora I too like the artichoke recipe thank you for commenting

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ChitrangadaSharan so glad you came by to share your continuous thoughts thank you for the vote up always appreciated

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub, Devika! Interesting recipes. I love vegetables (almost all of them). I learned to eat artichokes when I was 3 or 4 years old in Africa. I love that vegetable :-) I am wondering if I can grow them in Canada if I start them indoor early enough! I will explore that!

      Thank you for sharing! Enjoy the rest of the week!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Vegetable recipes are always welcome. I think older generations have learned to love vegetables once they "grew up". Children of today though are eating thme and loving them at a very young age. Your hub, therefore, is a benefit to both.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      DDE, I especially like the artichoke recipes. Thank you for sharing your experiences with these vegetables--all good!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice hub, with some delicious recipes too!

      I love vegetables and really can't do without them. The idea of having fresh green veggies, grown by self is wonderful.

      Thanks and voted up!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Faith Reaper vegetables are worth eating if made appetizing thank you for the votes up, more and shared so kind of you to come by

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway thank you for commenting I appreciate your efforts and enjoy reading your hubs.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi AliciaC thank you for sharing your thoughts here always appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jodah so glad to read a comment from you and I too did not like much of veges when I was a child now I eat every vegetable thank you for commenting.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      VVanNess Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on my hub Favorite Vegetables:

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Bishop55 Thank you for Pinned, vote up so kind of you to stop by.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi billybuc thank you for commenting I appreciate you coming by as always.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome hub and thank you for sharing your recipes and how you prepare your vegetables! I love vegetables and your recipes sound wonderful.

      Up and more and sharing.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I don't like vegetables, but I've found that anything dipped in a sufficient amount of ranch dressing is tolerable. Good hub though, and I'm sure your body thanks you.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for this interesting information about vegetables, DDE. I try to eat vegetables frequently because they are so healthy. Thank you for sharing the recipes, too. They sound very tasty!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      As a child I would only eat a few raw vegetables apart from potato, but now I have grown to love almost all vegetable. My favourite would be cauliflower, but I also love cabbage, carrot, broccoli, silverbeat, beans asparagus etc. my least favourite would be Brussel sprouts. I still have not tried artichokes though. You make them sound delicious though. Good hub.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I love veggies! Especially artichokes and asparagus!

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      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      Loved this! Pinned! Voted up! YUM YUM

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will pass this on to Bev; I really don't like vegetables. :)