As a longtime member of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, I am always amazed when I pick up my share and discover a new or usual vegetable that would rarely, if ever make it into my grocery store shopping cart. It reminds me that there is more to life than kale, asparagus and broccoli. Sure, it's easy to fall into the routine of cooking up your favorite, no-fuss meal, but it can be invigorating to branch out and try something new. Experimenting with new ingredients is one way to keep food, including the good-for-you stuff, exciting. Bonus -– you introduce your body to a variety of new, nourishing ingredients.
Considering this is the heart of the growing season in many regions of the country, it's a great to time to push yourself to think outside the box. Looking for inspiration? Here are a few suggestions. These five underappreciated vegetables deserve some love. A visit to your local farmer’s market to pick up a new-to-you ingredient is also incentivizing when it comes to exploring new foods. The important thing is that you have fun.
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