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The misconception that beauty pageant women don’t eat is a LIE. They eat.

I had the pleasure of getting one of the United States contestants ready for the outfits and swimsuits. I had to come up with some good ways for her to eat those vegetables with flavor and with flare so they didn’t become boring.

The go tos are broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, and lean protein. I had to eliminate oils and fats, so the way to go about this is to marinate the vegetables in vinegar or citrus to break them down overnight. Then add chopped garlic, lemon zest with herbs, and roast them over high heat to get a nice char on those vegetables. Now you have flavorful vegetables with natural caramelization, texture, and love. The citrus itself has natural oils that will caramelize once oven roasted.

No one said that food had to be fried or sautéed in oil in order for it to be delicious. We have to remember to give each vegetable their own love because they all cook differently and of course, react in their own attitude.

We are all not going to sign up for a pageant, but this is definitely a secret I wanted to share with you because we all want to eat flavorful and healthy foods, especially our vegetables. This might make us all see vegetables a different way now.

TIP: Use red wine vinegar to marinate broccoli with chopped garlic, lemon zest, and add tarragon to it. Place in a zip lock bag overnight. The oven should be at 450 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil for easy cleanup, line a single layer of broccoli, and place in oven. Check every 10 minutes until your char level is there. I like mine very crispy on top and I like to eat it right away because you can take the natural caramelized and zesty garlic chunks. You can chop it up and add tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley and turn it into a tabbouleh salad with wheat.

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