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January 1, 2014

Bring on the veggies

An easier, speedier way to eat more produce

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Enhance the finished product however you want, with nuts, your favorite spices or herbs, or a squeeze of citrus or other acid. Just be sure to put a mix of colors on the plate; for the most part, the brighter the color, the better the nutrition.

And on a night when you are truly squeezed for time, you don’t even have to cook your shredded veggies. They’re equally delicious raw. Just toss them with lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Have fun with your vegetables. You’ll be delighted with what happens when you move them to the center of your plate.

SHREDDED SPICY CARROTS

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 pound carrots, peeled and grated using the large grating disk of a food processor

Kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)

Fresh lime juice

1/4 cup chopped fresh scallions

1/4 cup unsalted peanuts, toasted and chopped

In a large skillet over medium, heat the oil. Add the carrots and a pinch of salt, then cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring often, until the carrots are just tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in a bit of lime juice and the scallions and peanuts.

Nutrition information per serving: 160 calories; 100 calories from fat (63 percent of total calories); 11 g fat (1 g saturated, 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 14 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 4 g protein; 210 mg sodium.

SHREDDED PARSNIPS WITH WALNUTS

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound parsnips, peeled and grated using the large grating disk of a food processor

Kosher salt

1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped

1/4 cup golden raisins

1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage

Fresh lemon juice

In a large skillet over medium, heat the oil. Add the parsnips and a pinch of salt, then cook, stirring often, until the parsnips are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the walnuts, raisins, sage and a splash of lemon juice.

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