When you’re in the produce section at your local grocery store, do you automatically go straight to the usual suspects: potatoes, carrot, corn, tomatoes, and broccoli, perhaps? Do you always seem to head straight to these typical vegetables, that you might not have seen the array of other amazing vegetables offered around you?

Or maybe, you’re not sure how to cook that whatchamacallit. There are a lot of weird-looking vegetables out there, and some, may be too scary of a cooking venture for you. But, don’t fear, those inconvenient vegetables can definitely be tackled and cooked to perfection.

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The next time you’re at the store, go for the odd-looking vegetables. They don’t have to take long to cook at all. With the right tools and knowledge, you can tackle any vegetable. Who knows, that vegetable that looks like it’s from another planet can be your next biggest kitchen adventure.

Let’s learn how to prep and cook these 4 inconvenient vegetables: brussels sprouts, asparagus, artichokes, and eggplant.

Starting with brussels sprouts, watch the 101 video above about how to buy, store, clean, prep, and cook these little cabbage-looking aliens in the video above!

And now, for the other four delicious, inconvenient vegetables:

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1. Asparagus

These long, green spears are nothing to be afraid of. In fact, they can actually dress up a lunch or dinner with their sophisticated, artsy look. If you aren’t already eating this delicious veggie, here are 5 Reasons You Should Be Eating More Asparagus Now. And, if you don’t know how to add more of these into your diet, here are 11 Ways to Add Asparagus in Your Food.

To prep them, simply hold the fibrous end with one hand, and bend the spear side with the other. The pressure will cause the asparagus to snap in two. Throw the fibrous end into a bin for later use (you can make soup with them!) and proceed to cook your asparagus.

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To cook them, there are many ways to enjoy asparagus: steam, boil, grill, and roast. For inspiration, check out this Asparagus Potato Pizza with Kale Pesto.

Let’s see how we should prep and cook asparagus (spear-wielding optional):

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2. Artichokes

Artichokes might be the weirdest looking vegetable out there. They are prickly and hard as a rock, and at times, can poke you. So, why would you want to eat them, right? Trust me, they are definitely worth the trouble. They taste amazing in this Easy Breezy Grilled Artichoke and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps.

Don’t be afraid of those thorns? When buying, find an artichoke that’s firm with no discoloration. More discoloration, starting from the stem, means it’s less fresh. Pull off a petal. If you hear a loud “snap,” you’ve got a fresh one.

For a full overview of how to buy, prep, and cook these green flower-looking veggies, watch below:

 

3. Eggplant

Here’s a fairly common, although inconvenient vegetable to cook. These oddly-shaped, elongated vegetables are purple to dark purple in color and you may question how to cook it.

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There are many different varieties of eggplants. Here are but a few: Sicilian, Italian, White Varieties, Indian, Japanese, and Chinese. For inspiration, try these vegan Mozzarella-Stuffed Eggplant Meatballs.

For more information on how to prep and cook this oblong vegetable, check out this video:



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