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You’d be hard-pressed to find a fridge that doesn’t have a few stalks of celery in the veggie drawer, and for good reason: Not only can you find this inexpensive veggie almost everywhere, but it's low in calories and a good source of vitamins A and C. While it may be a popular staple (the average American eats about 6 pounds of the fresh stuff each year!), celery also has an undeserved reputation as being a boring, ingredient. It's delicious dipped in hummus or served up “ants-on-a-log” style – but celery is capable of so much more! In fact, its stalks, leaves, and seeds can add a satisfying crunch and vitamin boost to a wide variety of dishes. Here are four unexpected ways to incorporate celery into every course of your meal.
Now that , try this cooking technique for a fast side dish to accompany any meal. This Braised Celery recipe from A Girl Defloured takes only 15 minutes from start to finish. The recipe calls for vegetable stock, but feel free to experiment with chicken or beef stock, cider vinegar, or tomato sauce for a tender and delicious starter.
Creamy Celery With Savory Pecan-Granola Crumble
Don’t think celery can be the highlight of your dinner? Think again! Celebrity chef Melissa d’Arabian makes this Creamy Celery and Savory Pecan Granola Crumble with celery stalks, bread crumbs, and chopped pecans for a quick entrée that will quickly become a new comfort-food favorite.
Celery Almond Pesto
Forgo the mayo spread on your favorite sandwich and swap in a flavorful and tasty alternative like this simple Celery Almond Pesto from She Simmers. Choose Chinese celery leaves for a stronger celery taste. The pesto also works great as a dipping sauce for crudités, a pizza topping (instead of tomato sauce), or tossed with fresh pasta.
Celery Cilantro Cocktail
This refreshing Celery Cilantro Cocktail from Skinnytaste is perfect for upcoming warmer days. Herby cilantro and celery are muddled in a simple syrup with lemon-flavored vodka and lime juice for a citrusy, complex flavor. Make it a mocktail by substituting lemon seltzer or club soda for vodka.
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