How about getting in those Veggies, Any Tips?! What are your favs?

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zenwolf

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Posted: 08 Nov 2010, 19:39
I find it hard to add the veggies in my diet. All the other food groups fall into place the way I need to combine them, at the times I need to eat them, but I find I easily omit the veggies.
I require 7 veggie servings throughout my day and so far I am only getting 3 or 4 servings in. Tonight I ate a whole red pepper to make up two servings at dinner! I must say blah!

Any suggestions? How do you all keep from getting bored of veggies?



Hoser

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Posted: 08 Nov 2010, 19:48
Truthfully, I'm not that good at it either, but here are some things that I've learned:

Saute spinach with cider vinegar and an interesting mustard.

Corn goes great with cumin and ancho chile powder. Actually, corn is great with a lot of things.

Asparagus can be steamed or roasted and served with balsamic vinegar.

I've been making a soup out of winter squash lately. Homemade tomato soup is also good.

Playing with miso is next on my list of things to try... I saw a miso mashed sweet potato recipe the other day that looked interesting. Well, first I'm going to get through my pumpkin and winter squash obsession.
Hoser

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Posted: 08 Nov 2010, 20:03
By the way, there are sooooo many fabulous things that you can do with fresh pumpkin. And it's in season! Find a recipe for Kadu Bouranee, an Afghani dish that's made with pumpkin and yogurt. Last week I roasted pumpkin, onions, apples, and bacon in the oven, then combined them with vegetable stock and some spices to make an absolutely fantastic soup. Tonight I'm planning to stuff a small pumpkin with wild rice and sausage. I have no idea how it will turn out, since I've never done it before, but I think it will be good.
Canajun

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Posted: 08 Nov 2010, 20:06
A couple of ideas.

1. "Hide" veggies in your food. Shred carrots or zucchini into soups and stews. Puree various vegetables and add to pasta sauce. Mix mashed cauliflower with mashed potatoes.

2. Challenge yourself to try something new each week. Pick up a new vegetable. Try it raw, then try it cooked.

3. Try different cooking methods. I'm not a fan of soggy steamed vegetables and especially when I can't coat them in butter, but toss them in a roasting pan with some olive oil, sea salt and pepper, and I can eat a whole pan's worth. Grilled veggies are also delicious.

4. Eat them raw with dip, salad dressing or hummus.

I'm not sure how old you are, but I've also found that the older I get, the more I enjoy fruits and veggies.


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nursekitty

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Posted: 08 Nov 2010, 20:43
I liked your tips. I also add things to my scramble egg(substitute) like spinach and mushrooms. The Geo.Forman comes in handy for grilling asparagus,green peppers,green beans,etc. Just spray with Pam spray. For salads----make ahead,like early in the day and keep in frig. Do not wait til you are hungry and are just concentrating on the main course.
Nicky111

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 00:07
I love doing a mince stirfry - any lean mince with any or all of the following veg: grated carrot, cabbage, peas, mushrooms, green beans, cherry tomatoes, baby corn, tinned tomato and onion mix, lentils. I try to make it so that it is 50% veg and 50% meat. You can also make it with chicken instead of lean mince.
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StacieRitz

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 07:09
here are some of the things I do to get my veggies in...

1. White egg and veggie omeletes in the morning

2. Puree veggies and add it into your meatloaf or burgers (my kids said they were the juciest burgers I ever made!)

3. Bake Asparagus with a little garlic seasoning and then you can spread a little low fat cream cheese on a slice of lunch meat and roll the Asparagus up and enjoy....it works really well with Dill pickles too!

4. Celery with peanut butter

5. Raw veggies with hummus

6. Salsa!

Good luck!
chryseius

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 07:47
Try lettuce free salads for maximum veggie impact from the veggies you do eat.

Tomato stuffed with mushrooms, feta, olives, red onions, and spinach. Sprinkle with a little basil. So yummy cooked or raw.

Grilled mushrooms with dill/rosemary, roasted carrots with dill/ginger/caraway, fresh cucumber, tomatoes, and/or celery with dill.

Apples, celery, carrot, rasins, chicken, and walnuts in a lettuce wrap is yummy.

Steamed broccoli with a bit of cheese or lemon and butter. Steamed beans with crispy bacon bits/salted butter/pepper/cashews.

Raw potatoes with a dash of seasoning salt.

Fresh Basil Pesto (great with potatoes, cauliflower, grilled corn, rice, pasta, chicken, tuna, etc.)

Pizzas are easy to load with veggies.

Grilled eggplant with lemon and garlic. Leeks with onion and paprika. Fennel grilled with oranges.

MimiMuffin

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 08:02
A real time-saver for me is those microwavable Zip-Loc bags that are meant to be used to steam vegetables.

I just load those up with pretty much any vegetable I want: carrots, sweet potatoes, brocoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, swiss chard, etc.

Steam 'em, add a tab of (vegan) butter and salt and pepper! Mmmmmmm!

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fawkesmom

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Posted: 09 Nov 2010, 16:53
I use a oat/flax tortilla wrap and stuff as many leafy greens in there as I possibly can along with cucumber and just a little bit of garlic hummus for some flavor.

I also love roasting veggies - I use asparagus, brussell sprouts, and cauliflower for this. I put them in a ziplock bag with a bit of olive oil and a touch of salt or other seasoning. Then shake up the bag and empty the contents onto a pan. Put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 35 to 45 min.
Ceebee

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Posted: 13 Nov 2010, 16:34
Hi.. my name is Ceebee and I dont eat my veggies.. (HI CEEBEE) anywho.. for my birthday I got a tortilla warmer as a gift. I thought it was stupid but I smiled and said thank you this is great.. no I dont have one.. oh that sounds neat.. I cant wait to use it. WEll let me just tell you all. I use it all the time. Like at least once a day sometimes twice.. I never put it in the dish washer because I dont want to be with out it.. that is how often I use it. I know you are asking how does this relate to veggies.. well let me tell you.

It is the best way to cook veggies in the microwave. Just awesome. I peel and dice squash toss it in there and and steam it up mash it and salt and pepper and eat. I made spaghetti squash last night (as apposed to real spaghetti) and had that with a chicken sausage so good. Edamame just super yummy. Broccoli from the freezer right in my tortilla warmer steam it then mix with some cottage cheese and pepper yummo! So get a tortilla warmer they are like 5 bucks and make cooking veggies crazy easy.

Canajun

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Posted: 14 Nov 2010, 12:23
Ceebee, how weird. I made a special trip to Bed Bath and Beyond last night to get a tortilla warmer because I'm tired of wrapping tortillas in foil to warm them.

I'll have to give this a try!


If you sometimes feel a little useless, offended or depressed, always remember that YOU were once the fastest and most victorious little sperm out of millions!
Ceebee

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Posted: 14 Nov 2010, 15:41
Trust me you will be tempted to buy a second one. it is awesome.

sherilyn70

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Posted: 14 Nov 2010, 16:18
I like to sautee up mushroom, onions and peppers to put into my food. I also love to broil portabello mushooms to stuff with my dinners. I use spinach and artichoke in things as well.

You can "rice" up cauliflower to act like rice and serve under saucey dishes or with stir fries. You can even make fried rice out of it or turn it into mashed cauliflower or bread.

I like to take brussel sprouts and use a little butter spray on them and then sprinkle a very very low calorie cheese sprinkle on top (Penzey's Rocky Mountain Seasoning has 2 calories per 1/2 tbsp).
Ed Endicott

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Posted: 14 Nov 2010, 17:53
One thing I've found is that a lot of meat substitutes are pretty darn good. Veggie burger instead of hamburger, the Morningstar Riblets are pretty good, etc.

I usually just pile on the veggies though. I like to steam stuff - broccoli, carrots, asparagus, brussel sprouts, it's all good to me. Pile it on! There aren't that many calories as long as you don't add stuff like butter or cheese.
Z'sMama

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Posted: 14 Nov 2010, 19:01
One trick I tried out just tonight was to go vegetarian one day a week - and for the dinner that day, make a whole bunch of complimentary veggie dishes. I made such large amounts that now I can have them again for lunch this week. I made a dal (lentil curry) in the slow cooker, a stir fry of zucchini, cauliflower, garlic and ginger, and a simple spinach/dill dish. Other simple things.. sauteed mushrooms, garlic, parsley on toast. Zucchini/Eggplant grilled and then rubbed with balsamic reduction (just boil the hell out of some balsamic vinegar til it's the consisteny of syrup, gets sweet and lovely). Eggplant broiled and then brushed with miso paste. Swiss chard sauteed with garlic and olive oil. Fennel sliced really thinly, mixed with parsley, lemon and olive oil (a great little salad). Getting hungry again, uh oh...
Pixiestyx

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Posted: 14 Nov 2010, 22:13
I was watching good eats the other night and Alton Brown used Zucchini and turned
it in to like a noodle with out cooking it. Then turned it into a salad. Don't remember
exactly what he did but looked really good. It was on an episode dealing with squash. So whole
Episode looked yummy
StacieRitz

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Posted: 18 Nov 2010, 21:09
Ceebee...you are the best infomercial ever! If it wasn't so late right now, I would head out to the store right now to get a tortilla warmer! Maybe tomorrow!
Ceebee

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Posted: 19 Nov 2010, 06:43
Hah, that is great I am going to cut and paste this and email it to my SIL who got me the warmer for my Birthday. I am sure it will make her laugh. Smile

bellyafterba...

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Posted: 19 Nov 2010, 08:11
I keep frozen veggies on hand and add them to microwavable smart ones, lean cuisines and Healthy Choice meals. I can eat more, get more fiber, feel fuller and avoid prep time and work to making my in-office lunch in minutes!



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