How To

Veggie Quick Tricks

Easy ways to zip up your vegetables

Getting your family to eat their veggies can be a real struggle and we understand. Avoid stress and frustration at the dinner table by trying some different flavours with our veggie quick tricks and some of our popular veggie side dishes.


For carrots, asparagus, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli or leafy greens, try these ideas: 
  • Toss with balsamic vinegar instead of lemon juice. 
  • Toss with butter and a squirt of prepared mustard.  
  • Drizzle with warm honey mustard.  
  • Sprinkle with toasted bread crumbs, fresh or dried herbs and freshly ground pepper.  
  • Toss with soy sauce and a bit of minced garlic or ginger.  
  • Sprinkle with lime juice and chopped fresh cilantro.  
  • To add crunch, sprinkle with toasted walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seed or slivered almonds. 
  • Add a dollop of yogurt, sour cream or nacho cheese dip. 
  • For flavour and colour, add capers or finely chopped red or green bell peppers. 


For beets, try these ideas: 
  • In the pan, heat beets with butter or olive oil and balsamic or sherry vinegar. Shake pan until liquid evaporates.  
  • Toss with small amount of cornstarch dissolved in orange juice. Add grated orange peel; heat to thicken.  
  • Toss with lemon juice, brown sugar, and a bit of ginger and dry mustard 
  • Easy
    Corn Amandine

    Sliced almonds, butter, garlic and parsley turn frozen corn kernels into a dinner-worthy side dish.

  • Easy

    Ginger and sesame go perfectly with fresh green beans. 

  • Easy

    Use sweet and tender garden carrots for this flavourful side dish. 

  • Flavoured Butters:

    Flavoured butters are a great way to add quick flavour to your veggies. Some butters can be made ahead and frozen. 

    • Easy
      Chipotle Blue Cheese Butter

      This flavoured butter combines the smoky taste of chipotle with the tang of blue cheese.

    • Easy

      The combination of puréed carrots, lemongrass, orange juice, basil and honey gives this butter a unique flavour.

    • Easy
      Herb Butter

      Made with just a few ingredients, this make-ahead savoury butter adds flavour to your vegetable side dish or use it as a delicious spread on French bread. 

  • Sauces:

    You will have your family asking for seconds with these tasty sauces: 

    • Easy
      Cheese Sauce

      Made with just a few ingredients, this versatile sauce comes together quickly. Serve over vegetables or cooked pasta as a delicious side dish. 

    • Medium
      Hollandaise Sauce

      Hollandaise sauce is best made fresh and used immediately.

    • Easy
      Honey Mustard Sauce

      This popular sauce is made with just a few ingredients and is so versatile. Use it on your favourite vegetables or serve with grilled or roasted meat or chicken.