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Love your vegetables

If vegetables have feelings, those feelings are undoubtedly hurt. They give and give – so many health benefits with so few calories. And how do we repay them? By hiding them under napkins, sneaking them into the trash or turning them into a nasty science experiment in the fridge.

Vegetables are great! They can lower your blood pressure, cholesterol and risk of cancer or stroke. They give you more energy and can even help you look younger. What's not to like?

Take an onion. Their powerful vitamins and minerals could be talked about all day along with their delicious taste and texture. But, perhaps true love is best expressed in a sonnet:

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
I saw you, I bought you. I couldn't resist.
Like the freshest petals of a bouquet -
my mouth, it waters. On you, I insist.
"An onion," they called you – yellow and sweet.
With sulfur, chromium, and B6 wealth.
Yummy, yet tasty, you make me complete.
Even good for cardiovascular health.
Oh, how I'll cry when I chop, chop you up.
Tears keep on coming, but I shall not stop.
The recipe called for over a cup.
Fresh off my cutting board, in you drop.
Now in my saucepan, I watch you simmer.
You'll be a delicious part of dinner.

How can you love vegetables? Start by bringing out their flavors: add a squeeze of some citrus or a splash of vinegar to steamed vegetables. Start an impromptu stir-fry with oil, ginger, chilies and garlic in a pan. Or chomp on 'em fresh out of the fridge with a low-fat dip.

There's no wrong way to do it. And vegetables will love you back. Start loving your veggies with this tasty broccoli slaw dish that's a take on an old favorite—featuring onions and other great veggies.