Challenge Forum: Nice Low "Veggie Day" (or any day) Recipes.

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riocaz

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Posted: 28 Dec 2012, 07:35
Cauliflower Rice!

Cut a Cauliflower into florets and pulse (in batches) in a food processor 8-10 times (until the pieces are between the size of a grain of rice and a couscous grain.

Put in a lidded microwavable dish and microwave for 4-5 minutes (until hot but not completely cooked tender).

It still surprises me how much I enjoy this, given my deep and abiding loathing of Cauliflower. Well worth a try even if you hate the stuff.



Cauliflower mash!

1 cauliflower
low fat garlic cream cheese
salt and pepper.

Cook your cauliflower until fully tender (steaming is best but boiled will work too).

Purée in a food processor until smooth, add the cream cheese and seasoning to taste

Unlike the cauliflower rice I've only done this once, and it was nice (And didn't taste of cauliflower)! But overall I tend to go for the rice as my first option.



Rumbledethump mash
More a ratio than a recipe...

Any root vegetables: carrots/(rutbaga)swede/celeriac cooked until tender
potato (for portion control I tend to use pre-made mash for this, I seem to be pathologically unable to portion control potatoes)
Finely shredded green leafy vegetables (I tend to use cabbage and leek) steamed or nuked until tender.

2 or 3 parts root vegetables
1 part mashed potato
1 part green leafy veg

Mash the root vegetables until they are as smooth as you want them, or purée in a food processor (Don't add the potato to the food processor it will turn to glue, they have to be mashed or pushed through a ricer).
Stir in the cooked leafy veggies.

Fine to make in advance and reheat in the microwave. Freezes well too.



Mediterranean vegetable stew.
3 courgettes, Sliced about 1cm thick
4 onions cut into wedges (quartered then the quarters halved)
500g bell peppers, (I used Tesco frozen finest char-grilled peppers as they are very nice and much cheaper than fresh)
400g mushrooms sliced
2 tins of tomatoes,
2 veggie stock cube,
about 8 cloves of garlic,
Worcestershire sauce,
1tbs smoked paprika
1tbs mild chilli powder
cayenne to taste (I like mine with a bit of kick)
Black pepper (lots)
Correct salt at the end as the stock cubes and worcs add quite a bit.

Microwave the Onions for 10 minutes so they are soft and sweet (stirring every now and again.

Dry fry the courgette slices until dark brown but not burned.

Dry fry the mushrooms until they have let go all their liquid

Combine everything in a saucepan and simmer for 20-30 minutes stirring occasionally (as little as possible to avoid breaking up the courgettes).

Add some protein with some tinned beans or chickpeas. Or serve with veggie sausages and either of the mash recipes above.

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

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KukiAme

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Posted: 01 Jan 2013, 12:20
I'm not sure how international our challenge team is but here's a link that gives you some places to track recipe measurement conversions.

http://www.joyofbaking.com/ConversionsEquivalencies.html

Back to recipes!
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KukiAme

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Posted: 01 Jan 2013, 12:38
Here's a few links to places that have vegetarian recipes that I visit now and again.

http://www.meatlessmonday.com/

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/quick-recipes/dinner/meatless-monday-recipes/

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/healthy-meals/easy-vegetarian-recipes-00000000037312/index.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/vegetarian/index.html

Now for an actual recipe. A friend of mine went vegetarian, and then vegan, many years ago and one of her first "good old stand-by" recipes while she researched what was available was this one. Easy, tasty, filling. This is also a great "clean out the fridge" recipe. I add chopped garlic, salt and pepper but feel free to play with seasonings until you find what you like. I don't know what the nutritional content of this recipe.

Take a tube of polenta and dice it into 1 inch cubes. Next, use as many vegetables as you feel like adding. (Mushrooms go well in this too.) Add some beans (1 drained and rinse can of 2 varieties). Add a can of tomato sauce. Season as you wish. Gently mix it all together and add to a baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes until heated through. You may sprinkle cheese on top if you wish.
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riocaz

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Posted: 29 Jan 2013, 10:27
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1993645/vegetarian-casserole

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
http://www.menu52.com/