Demystified: Tough-to-Prep Veggies
Want to cook leeks, celeriac, or even cactus but don’t know where to start? Demystify those intimidating veggies with these simple how-to tips and recipe recommendations. By: Serena Ball, MS, RD
Is there a more foreboding veggie to tackle than one with thorns? Serving this plump green vegetable at the next picnic or Mexican fiesta can serve as an excellent conversations starter. Cactus paddles (nopales) can be found year-round at Hispanic markets or larger supermarkets. When attacking it with a vegetable peeler (and a pair of hand-washing gloves for extra care) it’s a snap to shave off the thorns. Then just slice the cactus, sauté in oil, and add to Hispanic salad ingredients, or serve with eggs and salsa.