It's summer, the best time of year for veggies. Try going to a farmers market. Many of the vendors grow heirloom vegetables that have more flavor but not as long a shelf life as the ones in the mega marts. I also have gotten some good advice about preparation by talking to the growers. I also shop my local Asian market and have found some tasty new additions for my steam pot and faux stir fries. Sometimes I just get bored of the same routine selections. I feel so much better when I eat plenty of produce though so I'd advise eating the veggies even if you have to force yourself.
Maybe try some nuts and seeds....I make steamed green beans with garlic, then add sliced almonds, sesame seeds and Benocal...Sesame seeds and contain many valuable nutrients
1/4 head of cabbage with caraway seeds, some parm and Benocal
Adding a sweet potato to your diet a few times a week helps blood sugar balance & protects eyesight, I top mine with Flax Seeds to reduce inflammation. I aim for 1 Teaspoon of flax seed daily
Pinenuts...a tablespoon of pinenuts eaten right before a meal will help you eat less, I like them in a veggie stir fry
Try nutmeg or cinnamon on the squash...squeeze of lemon or lime...drizzle of olive oil or try sesame seed oil which has a nutty flavor.....
Experiment with different spices for different flavors, soups, raw veggie snacks dipped in some salsa.......Parm or Romano cheese, a drizzle of honey, whatever experiment with flavors.
Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 8/11/2013 (12:22)
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Puree your veggies, then use them in sauces for everything else. Add shredded zucchini to your ground meat, makes your hamburgers, meatballs and meatloaf super moist. If you are tired of mushy veggies, try eating them raw if possible. Also, if you like mashed potatoes you can do it half and half with steamed or boiled cauliflower. If you like sweet stuff, you can try things like caramelized carrots, acorn squash baked with a bit of honey, or pumpkin with brown sugar and pie spices. Hope this helps!
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I love grilling veggies, they taste so much better that way. Just add a little salt (Kosher or Sea)and pepper and you are good to go.
I like to roast or grill my veggies. I really like the flavor and don't feel like I'm forcing myself to eat them. To roast them 15 minutes or so in a 450 oven. I usually do zucchini, onion, pepper and eggplant. I throw on garlic powder, sea salt and pepper or montreal seasoning.
By the way. I HATED cauliflower for years until I had it steamed. For some reason, where ever I would eat it - seemed mushy and overcooked. Then, when I started steaming it myself, I was in love. That crunch! Same with Broccoli and asparagus. Some of the more delicate veggies are best served in their crispy state.
Speaking of broccoli, I make a mean Chicken Breast/Broccoli pizza over whole wheat crust with low fat garlic sauce. YUM.
The veggies that I will not touch: Beets, mushrooms and peas. Sorry. ;)
Have you tried veggie lasagna? Or even your basic lasagna with some veggies in it as well as a nice pasta dish, with broccoli, carrots, zucchini, onions and asparagus tossed in a light lemon sauce.
Otherwise, I LOVE steamed vegetables. They stay crunchy, and retain better vitamin content. If they are bland, have you tried Mrs. Dash or organic Sea Salt?
There is also soup. Have you ever made Minestrone Soup? It's delightful to make because you are basically cleaning out your fridge before veggies go bad and making it into a filling masterpiece. I often put a hint of hot sauce in my bowl to give it a little bit of a kick.
Turkey meatloaf, anyone?
For me, the possibilities are endless because I was a full blown vegetarian before I married my beef cattle farmer husband. . . (hey, how did THAT happen??? LOL)
Try the cook book deceptively delicious. The basic idea is to totally hide them in foods you already know you love. Like mixing butternut squash with cheese sauce and then using it with your favorite pasta for a mac and cheese that totally hides the veggies. You could also do things like mix a cake mix with canned pumpkin. From what I read, it bakes up normal and you can't taste the pumpkin at all.
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I have been a lover of Zucchini, Squash, peppers, and onions for years.
However, lately I have not been able to finish my 1-2 cups of veggies with each meal. I simply cannot stand them anymore for some reason. I have tried new ways to cook them with no success. Please help!
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