How to Cook Vegetables 

Learn how to cook vegetables, how to buy vegetables and how to store vegetables correctly because they are becoming an increasingly part of our diet. Plus the delicious taste that they add to our meals, they are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber for our diet. Most vegetables are low in calories and can be enjoyed year round fresh, canned, frozen or dried.

How to Cook VegetablesHow to Cook Vegetables

Almost all vegetables are good for us to eat in the fresh state. Wash them thoroughly and cut into pieces; refrigerated these make a great low calorie snack for any time of the day. If you are going to cook them, learn how to cook vegetables to preserve as many nutrients as possible.


Whatever the method of cooking vegetables that you choose, keep cooking to a minimum. When boiling vegetables, use as little water as possible and save the nutrient rich liquid to use in stocks and sauces.

Sweet pepper recipes can be delicious entrees like stuffed peppers or a fabulous goat cheese appetizer!

Learn how to cook with hot peppers.

How to Make Stuffed Peppers

Making delicious stuffed peppers chili rellenos recipe, bell peppers stuffed with sausage and rice, two stuffed jalapeno recipes and stuffed cherry peppers. 

how to cook fried potatoes

Learn how to cook fried potatoes from pan fired, deep fried and mashed potato fried.

How to Cook Mushrooms

Make the best mushroom recipes. Here you will find a fabulous mushroom appetizer, a tasty stuffed mushroom, marinated mushrooms, oyster stuffed mushrooms, a mushroom casserole, quiche and a recipe to make a bean salad. 

How to Make Bean Recipes

Bean recipes were plentiful around my home; they are very economical to cook so we always had a pot of beans on the stove. I still cook them and still love the flavor of all kinds.

How to Cook Garlic

Make fabulous dishes with garlic. Prepare with marinated vegetables, make 40 clove chicken, German garlic soup, baked tomatoes and roast to use in place of butter.

How to Make Carrot Recipes

Cooked carrot recipes were never my favorite but these delicious recipes helped me to develop a love for this vegetable.

How to Grow Sprouts

Grow sprouts in your kitchen and them to some of your favorite dishes. Try a recipes for a sprout and quinoa sandwich,  fried rice with sprouts, a sprout salad,  sprouts with ham salad or a yummy mung bean sprout soup.

How to Make Corn Recipes

Easy recipes made with corn can be as simple as tossing in a skillet with a little butter, salt and pepper; a few minutes stirring over heat and you have a delicious dish. 

How to Cook Jalapeno Peppers

Make the best jalapeno pepper recipes. Stuffed baked jalapenos are a family favorite. Make a jalapeno and hominy dish, make a dirty rice recipe, make a salsa to top chicken and a jalapeno jam!

Nutritional Value of Vegetables

Learn the about the nutrition of vegetables when adding them to your diet. It is important to know their value and how to cook vegetables with delicious recipes.

How to Cook Corn Dishes

Corn dishes are the favorite vegetable dishes all over the world. Corn is grown in many countries and is used whole as well as ground into cornmeal for recipes.

Vegetable Recipes cover so many categories; salads, soups, casseroles or individual dishes. The most important point of preparing good quality recipes is starting with the best quality vegetables.

When learning how to cook vegetables a Grilled Corn Recipe on the cob roasted over an open fire is a favorite of backyard cookouts, church picnics and family barbeques.

I also had to learn How to Cook Asparagus before I would eat it especially after it was canned. I found that canned asparagus makes very delicious creamed soup and adds a delicious flavor to casseroles.

fresh asparagus salad

When I first learned How to Cook Fresh Asparagus the problem I had was overcooking it. It is very delicious when cooked only until “tender crisp”. This can be done by adding to a skillet with a little melted butter; toss over heat only until thoroughly hot.

zucchini appetizer

It seems I have always known How to Cook Zucchini; this is one of my favorite vegetables. I love it plain in salads, fried or in casseroles. I especially love it in zucchini bread!

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes was very simple in my home when I was young; just put them in the oven and bake until tender. Now I cook sweet potatoes in many delicious “sweet” ways.

How to Cook Pumpkin

I learned How to Cook Pumpkin by using the canned pumpkin from the grocery. Later I tried using fresh pumpkins and that was really a treat but more work.

How to Start a Garden

Everyone should experience Starting a Garden. I get so much joy out of seeing my own planted vegetables take root and grow. They taste so much better “because I grow them”.

How to Cook Summer Squash

Learning how to cook summer squash led me to a wide variety of recipes that are interchangeable with other squash. Whatever kind you have, the recipes are great.

How to Cook Swiss Chard

Learning how to cook with Swiss chard was rather difficult for me because it has not been readily available. On occasion when I can find it to purchase I do enjoy my delicious recipes. I also find it is fairly easy to grow. 

How to Make Eggplant Recipes

I had to learn to enjoy eggplant when learning how to cook vegetables; learning to soak the eggplant in salt water helped me to do this. Now I love these recipes, especially with cheeses, spicy tomato sauce and all those good Italian seasonings.

How to Cook Butternut Squash

I learned how to cook butternut squash when I was told I could have dessert made from a vegetable. I thought this had to be healthier! It is so good!

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

I learned how to cook spaghetti squash after hearing so much talk about how delicious it is. I was intrigued by the name “spaghetti” and I like it just as well. It is delicious!

Learning How to Cook Acorn Squash led me to some delicious recipes; both sweet and without sugar. They are great either way.

I learned How to Cook Pumpkin Seeds from my son was he was a child. He learned from his school teacher and insisted that I try them at home. What a treat!

How to Cook Potatoes

Cooking potatoes came naturally to everyone in my family when learning how to cook vegetables. This has always been and very economical and filling vegetable which we always had for many different recipes.

How to Cook Bake Potatoes

Preparing baking potatoes in just butter, twice bake them, Swiss style or oven fried. 

Mashed Potato Recipe is my favorite potato recipe as well as many other people. The key to good ones is to select potatoes suitable for mashing; mash the potatoes while hot, add hot melted butter and hot cream. Season well with salt and pepper and whip until very smooth.

The best ways to store potatoes: freezing, canning or drying.

How to Cook Turnips

I always cooked turnips just like I would potatoes. Most of the recipes are interchangeable with the potato recipes.

When learning how to cook vegetables it took me learning How to Cook Beets to learn to eat them. Now I love them especially in pickled beets with eggs.

I never cared to learn How to Cook Parsnips when I learned how to cook vegetables; I really liked them raw. Since then I have learned great ways to cook them.

How to Cook Okra

I learned how to cook okra after I moved to Florida. The only experience I had with this vegetable in Ohio was that it was slimy. Everyone deep fries it in Florida and it is delicious.

Eating From the Wild is something that is so interesting to me and the interest is still growing. I have always loved the mushrooms but I am learning of new wild foods all the time.

Growing Shitake Mushrooms was a great experience for me. It is so wonderful to have these fresh mushrooms at my fingertips and the flavor is so unbelievable.

What is Watercress? When I learned how to cook vegetables I never heard of this one. This amazing green is so delicious and full of nutritional value that others do not contain. This can be purchased or certain times of the year it can be picked from the wild.

It took me eating artichokes in a restaurant for me to learn How to Cook Artichokes. They were so delicious! I had to go home and make them in my kitchen.

Learning How to Cook Cabbage leads you to a variety of different recipes. This vegetable is so versatile in the uses like cabbage rolls one of my favorites.

It took me a while to learn How to Cook Brussels Sprouts even though they are much like cabbage and I love cabbage. The flavor of Brussels sprouts is a little stronger than cabbage.

My sister was the first person I knew that learned How to Cook Cauliflower. We did not grow it so we didn’t cook it. My sister’s recipe with the butter, cream and cheese was very good.

For me learning How to Cook Leeks made flavorful side dishes or added a lot of flavor to many other dishes. The mild onion flavor can be used as a substitute for onions.

Until I spent time in Tennessee I had no idea of What are Ramps. I learned here that early settlers used wild ramps to add pungent flavor to their cooking.

Green Bean Recipes are some of the favorite vegetable recipes. They can be fixed in many different ways and by adding other ingredients they are very versatile.

I learned How to Cook Kale at a very young age because greens of all kinds are so good for you. Kale chips were a new found recipe for me and these are terrific!

I also learned How to Cook Spinach at a young age. I love spinach in a fresh salad, a wilted salad, cooked with bacon or spinach pie. This is one of my favorite greens.

Everyone in my home knew How to Cook Turnip Greens. We grew lots of turnips and this is one of those vegetables when you eat the tops and bottoms.

Well seasoned Tomato Salsa Recipes are a hit at any party or served just as a snack. Try a recipe with a hot jalapeno pepper or just season with cilantro and garlic; or add some whole kernel corn. How delicious!

Recipes for Fresh Tomatoes

Recipes for fresh tomatoes right out of your garden or purchased from the farmers market are endless. Make your own roasted tomatoes to serve with salads or along side of fresh bread. Fresh tomatoes are great when chopped up in a tabboulah recipe.

How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

Find out the “truth” about the fried green tomatoes! Red or green tomatoes are delicious when fried; even tomato fritters are delicious.

Yams vs Sweet Potatoes

Learn the difference between yams and sweet potatoes.


garden fresh vegetablesVegetables Fresh from the Garden

How to Buy Vegetables

Buy fresh vegetables in their season. Most vegetables today are in the markets all year round. Modern agriculture has greatly extended the season for most vegetables, but many of these lack the flavor and freshness as when purchased in their season. The time of year when you get peek flavor is important when you know how to cook vegetables.


Vegetables should be in good condition when purchasing. Whether you are planning to eat them raw or if you are learning how to cook vegetables, they need to be fresh, firm and ripe. Do not buy vegetables that are old, withered, moldy or bruised, under ripe or over ripe. If you are offered a savings to purchase such quality, you may in the end pay more by having to discard your vegetables.



Head vegetables should be solid with only a few leaves to be discarded. Cauliflower should be white, firm and have no blemishes. Leafy vegetables should be crisp. Sweet peas and beans should have crisp pods. Get to know your vegetables and buy vegetables that are of medium size and have a normal shape these are great tips to learn when you are learning how to cook vegetables.


Buying more vegetables than you can immediately use will end up costing you money. They deteriorate very quickly and are best cooked as soon as they are picked from the fields. Winter vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes and winter onions can be purchased in larger amounts if you have a place to store them that is cool, dry and ventilated.


How to Store Vegetables

Winter vegetables should be in good condition when purchasing. They should be firm and uninjured. Most of them keep well if piled up, however members of the squash family keep better if they are spread out so as not to touch each other. Squash and sweet potatoes require a warmer climate for storage than do the other vegetables. None of the vegetables keep in too much warmth as in a room with a furnace.


Fresh summer vegetables should be refrigerated immediately if not being cooked. If you are learning how to cook vegetables, peas and corn especially should be cooked as soon as possible because they lose their sweetness rapidly. According to many instructions, greens and crisp vegetables should be washed before placing in a closed container in the refrigerator. I place my leafy vegetables immediately in the refrigerator. I buy in fairly large quantities so I wash with very cold water as I need to for use. I have found that if wash lettuce, etc. and do not dry completely, they do not hold up very long; maybe a couple of days.


Prepare for Cooking

The first step when learning how to cook vegetables is to wash all vegetables thoroughly before cooking. Even if they look clean be sure to wash. A vegetable brush is very handy and a necessity for cleaning vegetables.


Dry whole winter vegetables may be improved in flavor by soaking for a few hours before cooking. Vegetables that are pared before soaking lose some of the soluble food materials. Scrape thin skinned vegetables; pare thick skinned vegetables or remove the skin after cooking.


Many vegetables, particularly of the bud, head and fruit groups should be immersed in cold salt water for 30 minutes. This will make the fiber fresher and drive out any insects that have taken refuge in the crevices. Leaf lettuces should be washed several times in cold clean water. The leaves should be lifted out of the water rather than pouring the water off the leaves.

How to Cook Vegetables

Fresh Corn on the CobFresh Corn on the Cob

If learning how to cook vegetables, baking is the best way to preserve vitamins and minerals. Dry baking in the oven in their skins used for potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, turnips, carrots, onions and parsnips is very simple. They are baked until just tender enough to pierce with a sharp fork. You can also bake whole vegetables like potatoes with meat, gravy or fat, preserving the minerals under the skin.


Au Gratin and scallop recipes are also forms of baking when cheese, crumbs and sometimes cream are added to the recipe. If fresh vegetables are used in these recipes, they will retain their nutrition value. If precooked vegetables are use, of course it will depend on that cooking method as to whether the vegetables will have any nutritional value to begin with. Only baking in the vegetable jacket will ensure the preservation of the vitamins and minerals.


A good way to learn how to cook vegetables that can stand a high temperature for a longer period of time is steaming vegetables. This method is for vegetables like carrots, beets, parsnips, sweet potatoes and wax beans. The vitamins and minerals extracted from the vegetables will remain with the vegetables and served with them since there will be no excess liquid to be discarded.


Waterless cooking is any method of cooking fresh vegetables without added water. The water in the vegetables does the cooking. A thick kettle, pot or skillet with a tight fitting lid is the necessary equipment for the cooking. Use very low heat; the vegetables will cook quickly because none of the heat or steam escapes. No minerals are lost and the vitamin loss is as low as in baking.


The boiling method is the most frequently used method for cooking vegetables and does the most damage to the nutritional value. Most of the mineral salts occurring in vegetables are easily dissolved in water and the loss of vitamins takes place in several ways. They can be destroyed by overheating, by prolonged exposure to the air and by dissolving out in the cooking water. By draining and discarding the boiling water from the vegetables, food values go down the drain with the water. All the effort placed on buying nutritional vegetables is a waste of time.


In any case, only the smallest amount of water should be used in cooking vegetables is what you should know if you are just learning how to cook vegetables. The water should be boiling when the vegetables are dropped in. When vegetables are heated to boiling, reduce heat and cook only until tender.


How to Cook Vegetables by Boiling

Learn how to cook vegetables by boiling them properly; methods must be selected by the color of the vegetables.


Green vegetables are best cooked in an uncovered kettle in water that is slightly alkaline to retain the color. A bit of baking soda the size of a pin can be used to intensify the color. This is not recommended for continual use unless it is in a part of the country where the drinking water is always slightly acid. It will reduce the vitamin content and break down the texture. Cook vegetables only until tender because the green vegetables will turn brownish, ruin the flavor and the nutritional value of vegetables will be lost.


Fresh white vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and onion are strong flavored because of their oils. Hard water changes these oils turning the vegetables to yellow or brown. Add one teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar to prevent this from taking place. Add just enough water to cover vegetables and bring to a rapid boil before dropping vegetables in the water. Cook just until tender. Use the water with the rich nutrients in a soup.


Learn how to cook vegetables to preserve the red color in vegetables. This is produced by acid and needs to be kept that way. Tomatoes have some acid on their own to keep the color, but beets and red cabbage need a teaspoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to maintain the color. Cook in a small amount of water in a covered container.


Yellow vegetables are among the most valuable and stable. Yellow vegetables are actually the foundation for vitamin A. Not much can be done to the vitamin A but other vitamins and minerals can be destroyed if handled incorrectly. Cook covered in a very small amount of water.


Other good methods of how to cook vegetables include grilling, broiling, sautéing and pan frying. Depending on your taste buds, many herbs and spices can be added to these vegetables turning out delicious flavor.

HOT ASPARAGUS SALAD RECIPE

Hot Asparagus Salad RecipeHot Asparagus Salad Recipe
  • 3 Slices bacon
  • ½ Cup sliced green onions
  • 3 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 2 Teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon pepper
  • 3 Cups fresh asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 3 Medium tomatoes cut into chunks

Cook bacon until crisp and crumble. Add the onion to the bacon drippings and cook until tender.Add vinegar, water, sugar, seasonings and bacon into the onions.Bring mixture to a boil; add asparagus, cover and cook leaving asparagus still crispy.Toss in the tomato chunks and heat thoroughly about 3 to 4 minutes. Serve hot.


SWEET PEA RECIPE

Sweet Pea RecipeSweet Pea Recipe
  • ½ Teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon marjoram
  • ¾ Cup water
  • 1/8 Teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ Cup slices green onions
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ¼ Teaspoon savory
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups fresh peas, shelled

Sauté onions in butter for 5 minutes; do not brown.Add other ingredients and cook over low heat for 20 minutes; serve hot.

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