There are very few people who would name celery as their favorite vegetable, but that might just be because they don’t realize just how versatile it is. Even more importantly, celery is incredibly nutritious, not to mention low in calories. Celery has only ten calories per stalk, and one cup of celery contains an impressive five grams of fiber. The light green veggie also boasts anti-oxidants, vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids, all of which are vital components of a well balanced diet.
Celery is a great snack with peanut butter or ranch dressing, but that is only the beginning of celery’s potential. Try a few of these recipes in which celery makes unexpected appearances to reap all of the health benefits of this classic, staple vegetable.
Celery gratin is a savory, comforting side dish that goes with just about any entree. While some recipes may call for Swiss or cheddar cheese, feel free to change it up with Gruyere or Parmesan for a unique flavor!
Cream of Celery Soup
This soup doesn’t sound nearly as delicious as it is. The key is adding just the right amount of onion to make this creamy, cozy soup a family favorite.
Who doesn’t love stuffing? Celery is the star ingredient in this dish, which also gets its comforting and classic flavor from leeks, onions, and other spices.
Classic Vegetable Broth
Celery is a key ingredient in nearly every vegetable broth. Vegetable broth is perfect for preparing ahead of time for use during the week and can easily be frozen.
Wild Rice with Celery & Onions
The appeal of wild rice is its nutty, unique flavor, which is complemented by the addition of onions and celery. Though it makes a great side dish, you can also use it as a base for other recipes that call for cooked rice.
A celery smoothie may not sound like your new favorite snack, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Blend celery with some fresh green apple, frozen banana, and ginger for a tasty, healthy treat.
Braised Potatoes, Carrots and Celery
Everyone knows the best part of a roast chicken dinner is the side dish, so save yourself the trouble and make braised potatoes, carrots, and celery in vegetable broth instead. Get a serving of cozy nutrition without the hassle of cooking a whole chicken.
If you have a bunch of celery that needs using, whip up a fresh celery juice! Add celery, green apple, and lemon to your blender, then drink over ice for a refreshing, nutritious snack.
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