Pepped Up Veg

Pepped Veg 1

The usual colds are starting to go round now and I’ve been feeling a little under the weather of late, trying to fend off sneezes and snivels. I’ve been taking the herbal remedy Echinacea, which really seems to be effective, along with vitamin C and zinc. Last night after another day at work I felt the need for a real boost of vegetables so I opted for a healthy dinner of low fat turkey steaks and a huge bowlful of sautéed vegetables, pepped up with garlic and a good few drops of Tabasco Sauce. I have to say it was really tasty and great to feed a cold with; the vegetable dish is definitely one I’m going to be repeating through the winter months.

You really don’t need a recipe for this as you can opt for any amount and combination of vegetables you like, but I’ll tell you what I did to give you a guideline. It was just me for dinner last night but I did make a huge portion with lots of broccoli as I seem to be having something of a love affair with it of late, which is great as it’s so good for you. I heated some olive oil over a medium heat in a big stir fry pan and chopped and threw in one red pepper, one leek, one small onion and a whole head of broccoli including the stalk. The stalk is perfectly edible and, so I’ve discovered, really tasty with a contrasting texture to the broccoli head so I always make a point of using it now. I just trim the sides with a sharp knife to ‘peel’ it and then chop it into small cubes. I added a crushed garlic clove to the vegetables and sautéed them until they were al dente. I then added drops of Tabasco Sauce until I was happy with the taste and kick. The turkey steaks I just sliced, seasoned and pan fried in olive oil until cooked through. To be honest the meal would easily have fed two people but it was so good I had two portions; so much for my intention of saving some for lunch today!

Pepped Veg 2



  1. January 13, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    I love vegetables and use to eat soups and mixed salads each day of the year. Some at home do not want to eat the same as me (my meals are often green, just green…) but your dish is so colorful that may be, they would agree to eat it 🙂

  2. April 13, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    I do really love turkey and I could definitely very happily eat this dish at any time of the year (although I know a number of people who will only eat turkey at Christmas for some odd reason). But I must confess that I think I’d consider it quite hard to imagine loving broccoli all that much – although I do try. I must apologise for the fact that I’ve only just realised that you came back to the blogging world. I’m very sorry to be so late in noticing. I’ve no excuse beyond incompetence and a lack of attention. It’s so good to read your blog again and, despite the fact that I’m late in saying so, you’ve been missed. I hope you got through the winter without too many ailments and bad days and I hope we’ll hear from you again soon and this time I’ll try to be not quite so late to the party.

  3. August 11, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Thanks for the post! Those pics look so tasty! I started to be half vegetarian (eating only fish and sea food) several months ago and surprisingly I started to like broccoli! It may sound funny, but this dish would be just the best with fresh coffee made with italian stovetop coffee maker.

  4. February 10, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    I’ve recently been moving away from processed foods and have been cooking a whole turkey once a week and then using the meat for various recipes. I also recently discovered hot sauce (I used to have such a sensitive mouth that I couldn’t eat it) — I love this dish. Simple – yet not something I thought of yet. Totally trying the pepped up veggie idea 🙂 Thanks!

  5. March 22, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    I’m pepped up about trying this evening. thank you!

  6. April 13, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    Wow would love to try this. It’s super simple but anything with veggies and I’m in. Pinned!

  7. April 27, 2016 / 5:51 am

    Love this recipe!

  8. August 29, 2016 / 2:57 am

    So cute, great recipe!

  9. December 18, 2017 / 9:57 am

    That sounds like an awesome Pepped Up Veg! Making me hungry just reading the recipe.

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