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Looking for ways to spice up plain veggies... [message #562704] Fri, 21 August 2009 15:35 Go to next message
Sparrow's Song
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Dh is trying to lose weight (and doing quite well) by cutting out potatoes, pasta, and sugar. The only trouble is, I'm getting tired of making the "same ole same ole" stuff for lunches and dinners. Mainly in the veggie department.

I try to vary what I make, but mostly it's: peas, corn, broccoli, green beans, fresh tomatoes/cucumbers (in season,) and salad.
He's ok (to a degree) with brussel sprouts and spinach, but doesn't care much for beans, carrots, or raw veggies like celery or green/red peppers.

Got any ideas on how I can play up the veggies a bit?
Thanks in advance!

Edited to add: turnip greens (a.k.a "grass") is my favorite but no one else in the family can stand them.

[Updated on: Fri, 21 August 2009 15:35]

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Re: Looking for ways to spice up plain veggies... [message #563013 is a reply to message #562704 ] Sat, 22 August 2009 18:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I like zucchini, yellow squash and sliced mushrooms steamed together. A bit of salt and pepper and you're good to go. Or, zucchini, yellow squash, corn and parm cheese is yummy. Smile What about things like lima beans, broccoli, cauliflower (my personal ick), asparagus, etc. Sometimes it's just hard to think out of our own little box. Smile

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Re: Looking for ways to spice up plain veggies... [message #563015 is a reply to message #563013 ] Sat, 22 August 2009 18:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Michele (Queen of Cheap)  is currently offline Michele (Queen of Cheap)
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corn on the cob with a spicy butter to rub on there (butter, a little garlic powder, a little onion powder, a little cayenne, and some salt).

Roasted baby veggies (any assortment) tossed with olive oil and salt and pepper and roasted at 450, stir every so often until they look done (starting to brown)

Acorn squash with butter, maple syrup and a little salt and then roasted in the oven

stir fried veggies

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Re: Looking for ways to spice up plain veggies... [message #563115 is a reply to message #562704 ] Sat, 22 August 2009 21:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bobbi  is currently offline Bobbi
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I've cut out a lot of our starches too and have been eating more salads and veggies.
Some things I like to do is add different veggies to my salads, nuts like sunflower seeds, toasted almonds or pecans, dried cranberries, or various other fruit like peaches or manderine oranges. I love spinach salad....with various things in it too.

Other veggies ideas...
steamed or grilled veggies, roasted with italian dressing or dried dressing like ranch or italian...

Also, frittas, quiches, etc are tasty too. I got many recipes off of allrecipes.com

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Re: Looking for ways to spice up plain veggies... [message #563144 is a reply to message #563115 ] Sat, 22 August 2009 22:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Sherry in NH  is currently offline Sherry in NH
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My sister made the most awesome broccoli yesterday. She tossed it with olive oil, sprinkled salt and pepper and roasted it until it was a bit blackened.

It went like *that* <snapping my fingers>...even my kids who don't care for broccoli really loved it.

We do a lot of roasting long green beans and tossing them with a bit of olive oil and red pepper or creole-type shake.

In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: Looking for ways to spice up plain veggies... [message #563227 is a reply to message #562704 ] Sun, 23 August 2009 11:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
ShannonR  is currently offline ShannonR
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yes, like a few others posted, roasting veggies of all types brings out the most flavor. Esp. if you add a bit of olive oil, kosher salt, garlic cloves (which also taste mild roasted) onions, peppers...don't forget eggplant! yummy!!!

I like to mix them with a high protein/grain pasta for a pasta salad of sorts...which can be enjoyed at any temp. (good for lunch box meal, too)
Re: Looking for ways to spice up plain veggies... [message #564489 is a reply to message #562704 ] Wed, 26 August 2009 23:02 Go to previous message
LynetteMN  is currently offline LynetteMN
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I like to stir fry some vegies--whatever I have--like broccoli, zuccini or yellow squash, some sliced carrots, red or green pepper, onion (sweeter onions only), pea pods, green beans. Normally don't have all of those! I stir fry them in just a dab of olive oil, with some garlic. Don't cook too long! Sometimes I steam or microwave ahead of time the more solid veggies like the carrots. At the end, I finish with a bit of grated parmesan, some fresh-ground pepper, maybe a bit of salt. Very flavorful. Makes a great colorful pile next to some lean grilled meat.

Fresh green beans, stir fried with some garlic are fab.

Practically any veg is fab if it's fresh, then lightly cooked and lightly seasoned.

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