What are good alternatives to nuts?
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Alternatively, you may also be able to use coconut – desiccated, cream/milk or even oil depending on the consistency you need to achieve and the type of recipe or the desired flavour. with vegetables to enhance their flavour – even different cooking methods can impact flavour. For example, baking cauliflower brings out its flavour much more than steaming or boiling does.
Add to the cauliflower some spices such as turmeric, cumin and paprika and a drizzle of good quality oil, pop it in the oven to bake and you’ll have a delicious side for a meal.
Rosemary is also lovely with baked vegetables, such as sweet potato or potato, and you can add flavour to leafy greens by sauteing them in some extra virgin olive oil with some garlic. I adore adding herbs and spices to vegetables, not just to add flavour but to add some extra nutrients and phytochemicals (beneficial plant chemicals) as well.
Adding fat to vegetables can enhance their taste, and it also helps you to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins that are present, such as vitamin K in leafy greens. If you prefer cooked/warm vegetables, try baking them with a drizzle of good quality oil. Or, if you prefer a crunchy salad, you could whisk together some extra virgin olive oil, tahini, garlic and lemon juice to make a nourishing and flavoursome dressing.
Adding some green veges to a smoothie can be an easy way to amp up your intake of dietary minerals if you have a nut allergy.