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This hearty spinach salad with a few chicken slices, toasted nuts, feta, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers is loaded with flavor, interest and nutrients.

This hearty spinach salad with a few chicken slices, toasted nuts, feta, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers is loaded with flavor, interest and nutrients.

Trying to eat healthier? Want to make vegetables more interesting and delicious? You may have all the ingredients you need already in your pantry to bring new life to vegetables.

You can make the same old, everyday vegetables interesting by using the elements of The Pretty Plate. Take a look in your pantry and see what things you can use to add color, shape and texture to your side dishes. By adding these elements, not only does your food become interesting to the eye, but to the palate as well.

Here are a few suggestions that you can easily sprinkle on for variety and interest:

  • Dried fruits (cranberries, raisins, and sliced apricots)
  • Toasted nuts
  • Crushed croutons
  • Seeds (sesame, flax, hemp)
  • Crumbled cheese (adds flavor in moderation; try feta, blue cheese and shaved parmesan)
  • A splash of sauce (salad dressings, barbeque sauce, and Asian sauces easily add new flavor and interest)

With a little creativity you can make something the family will actually enjoy eating!

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