Vegetable Cooking Cheat Sheet. To some, vegetables are even more flavorful than meat, but they're also more sensitive—overcook them and they go from extremely delicious to extremely icky quite quickly. They generally require very little prep, and the best recipes are the simplest. A little salt, olive oil, and garlic—just watch them close, and make sure you time it right. Print out this handy drawing, set your timer, and you'll never have soggy, ill-cooked veggies again. How to Cook REAL GOOD CHEAP EASY FOOD. My Fridge Food.