Give your veg the edge with these techniques

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Give your veg the edge with these techniques

We get creative with mash combos, spiralised veg and the latest way to cook cucumbers.


Get creative with mash combos


Mashed potatoes are so last century. Try combinations like mashed cauliflower and roast garlic; butternut, sage and garlic or parsnips with crème fraîche and chives. Add truffle or chilli oil to taste. Or make a dip with a difference: mash 6–8 cooked, puréed beetroot with the zest of 1 orange, the juice of 2 oranges and 3 T almond butter. Season to taste.

Massage your greens


Rub kale leaves with olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar (or anything other acidic ingredient), and a pinch of salt until wilted. This makes kale easier to digest. Toss with walnuts, mango and goat’s cheese and serve as a salad or side dish.

Braai a whole pumpkin


Wrap a pumpkin in wax paper and tin foil and place in to medium smouldering coals. Roast for 1½ hours, or until soft. Remove from the coals and cool slightly. Unwrap and serve with salsa verde and thick plain yoghurt. Season to taste.

Sear cucumber (it’s a thing, really)

Halve cucumbers lengthways, then cut into thirds. Char the cut sides in a hot, dry pan. Squeeze over lime juice and sprinkle with sea salt. Delicious eaten with fish cakes! Searing and blackening other veg like peppers, baby marrows or brinjals gives them a wonderful smoky flavour.

Spiralise your veg

Give cucumber, carrots, potatoes, celeriac and baby marrows a twist! Make Asian-inspired salads with raw cucumber and carrot spirals, or twirl spiralised potato or celeriac around a greased rolling pin to make crispy circles for a showstopping garnish.

Ready to try these new ways with your favourite veg? Stock up on fresh produce from Woolies – farmed with tomorrow in mind (using water, fertiliser and pesticides responsibly) through Woolies’ Farming for the Future programme.

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