How to Spice Up Canned Vegetables

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A study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign indicates that canned vegetables contain the same nutritional value as fresh or frozen vegetables. Canned vegetables are cheaper to purchase than fresh and are conveniently sliced or cut for instant cooking with little to no preparation. One drawback to adding canned vegetables to any meal, however, is the often bland taste. With a few common ingredients, you can spice up canned vegetables to create a flavorful side dish.

Things You'll Need

  • Canned vegetables
  • Colander
  • Spoon
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 3 tbsps. butter
  • 2-qt. saucepan with lid
  • Stove
  • 2 tsps. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • Drain and rinse the canned vegetables. Pour the contents into a colander instead of directly into the saucepan. Mix the vegetables with a spoon while running them under cold water for two minutes. This helps get rid of the tinny taste.

  • Mince three cloves of garlic and dice one-quarter of an onion.

  • Add 3 tbsp. of butter to a 2-qt. saucepan. Turn the heat of your stove to "medium."

  • Spoon in the vegetables from the colander into the saucepan once the butter has completely melted. Add the minced garlic and diced onion. (Canned vegetables are precooked, so there is no need to add water).

  • Simmer for five to six minutes. Stir every two minutes, ensuring your vegetables are cooking evenly.

  • Stir in 2 tsps. of ground black pepper, 1 tsp. of salt, and 1 tsp. of thyme to the saucepan.

  • Cover the saucepan with a lid and reduce heat to a low simmer for three to four minutes. This allows the garlic and onions to tenderize.

  • Stir vegetables once more and immediately serve.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are watching your cholesterol, substitute margarine for the butter. If you have high blood pressure, use 1 1/2 tsp. of low-sodium salt substitution instead.
  • Always "spoon-in" the vegetables to your saucepan of melted butter. Never pour, as this could cause the hot butter to splash up.

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