- Sweet potato, I just throw a whole potato into a slow cooker and come back after work and eat it. There are no ingredients besides the sweet potato. If it was dirty, I wash it. I do not do other things to it. A sweet potato is a complete and perfect food. A couple times, when feeling fiesty, I put maple syrup and pecans on top of it. These are completely optional. You can just eat the sweet potato.
- Broccoli - It's essential to listen to Broccoli by DRAM while cooking this vegetable.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K44j-sb1SRY
My go to here is to get the frozen ones, thaw them out during the day, and then put them in a pasta. Sautee garlic and chicken in olive oil until the chicken is actually cooked*, then toss in all the broccos, cover it up. Use heck of sage. Put it on a pasta, like a rotini or a penne or whatnot. Not a spaghetti, the broccoli is too chunky to wrap up nice in a spaghetti. That's a pro tip. Sage and garlic are super friends.
* If you don't cook the chicken fully with the oil type heat, all the water comin out the broccoli will steam your chicken, which will make it rubbery. Avoid this. Pro tip.
- Brussels Sprouts - Again, sautee garlic cloves in olive oil, toss in the chicken so it cooks, and then toss in all the brussels you could want. Cover it. Wait a long time. Sometimes I even splash in a little water. This makes "mushier" brussels. A lot of people absolutely hate that style. If you are a soft garlic friend, I want to eat you, I am completely friends with that. Some people might want to make sure their roasts of brussels are significantly drier though.
- Pasta sauces - oh man these guys. So you sautee garlic in olive oil, then next you sautee your peppers. Probably a red guy, and if you can get the long skinnier light Italian green ones instead of the green bell, such the better. Then maybe an arugula! Live it up! A leaf! Toss in your meat now if you want it to be a meat sauce, like a ground beef or turkey. Then many tomatoes, maybe a tomato paste if you like it pasty. Or, if you want to channel that putanesca energy* toss in some capers and olives. It totally works.
*it's a good energy
- Spinach - I like a thing where I sautee the garlic in olive oil and then toss in some chopped up big spinach leaves, cook them down, toss in some tomatoes, and then put eggs on top. This is just a mess, you can toss it on a rice. It works out. I consider it somewhat Florentine though I have been to Florence and can promise that it is not.
- Beans, black eyed peas, what have you. Soak em overnight, boil em in a morning, put em in a slow cooker, eat em in the evening. There is, once again, nothing you have to do here. Oh, add salt. They benefit from salt. You can do more things if you want but you can start by just feelin out these ingredients. Maybe if you cook a red bean you throw in a bbq sauce. Like, from a bottle, it's fine.
- Beets, you can just put them in a slow cooker, now you have a side of beets. Wash the dirt off. Again, you can do nothing, these are just a completely correct plant already. Nice job beets.
- Chick peas - did you curry up a chicken? Put in a chick pea. Now you have increased your plant load and made friends with your health. Thank you chick peas. If you do not have a favorite curry type thing to toss them into, now is a good time to start making that friend.
It's comforting to know that if you start by sauteeing garlic in olive oil, you can proceed from there and be basically guaranteed not to fuck anything up.