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11/4/12 1:24 P

think we all (at least I do) get tired of veggies. How many tons of broccoli and salad can one person eat!! Even for myself, and especially for my family, its all about variety. Different veggies and different ways to serve them. pesto can be made with spinach. Escarole in soups instead of spinach. A little garlic and onion with just a bit of fat/oil can go a long way. If 1tbs of bacon fat can make that cup of spinach go down easier, its better than doing without that cup of spinach!! and remember that chopped tomatoes, either on your pasta, in your soup, as salsa, or on your pizza counts as a veggie!! Dried veggies can be sprinkled on/in sauces and so ups. Fortunately, I'm rabid about gardening veggies! and nothing beats FRESH veggies in flavor and texture. But keep looking for options, options, and options!

ATHENA1966 Posts: 3,954
11/4/12 10:55 A

I guess I am lucky because I love vegis. I also like to snack on my days off. We have really increased the amount of vegis we keep on hand. I eat them before hitting the less healthy stuff and it has really decreased the junk I eat. There are so many choices If I were you I would find the ones I really like. If you really don't like any vegetables than you should go with hiding them in food. But I would make that the last choice. I think brussel sprouts are good for us. I hate them and just can't eat them. I'm not sure forcing yourself to eat something you really don't like will stick.

IRISHEI Posts: 8,384
11/4/12 9:26 A

I eat raw veggies usually at lunch time. I have hot veggies steamed with my dinner. Love them and they fill me up!!

JOYFULME01 Posts: 621
11/4/12 9:14 A

I love veggies! We try to have 2 at every meal. The key is to stay away from routine. While the kids and grandkids love beans, corn, peas, etc. The adults get bored very quickly. I have these at every mal and then fresh asparagus, broccolini, broccolini, cauliflower or something else interesting to each meal. No cheese sauce, but lots of herbs. I suggest you try fresh vegetable rather than canned. Frozen are good too. Lots of flavor!

A great lunch is asparagus with poached eggs. Here is the recipe for one servicing. Blanch 6-10 asparagus spears per serving. Fry up one slice of thick bacon crispy and crumble. Chop 2-3 cloves of garlic and brown in bacon drippings. Add 1-2 tablespoons grated onion. Cook until tender. Add the bacon and asparagus and toss well. Transfer to a plate. Poach 1 large egg. Drain egg on paper towel and place on top of asparagus. Salt and pepper to taste. This is so yummy and healthy - even with the bacon - and very filling.

SKABELS2 Posts: 77
11/4/12 8:50 A

I sneak them into everything. It's amazing how huge a meal can get when you add veggies to the mix. Here are my faves:

Add carrots, mushrooms, celery, and onion to spaghetti sauce or chili.
Add pumpkin to hot cereal.
Eating vegetable soup as a side dish.
Add frozen spinach to anything creamy or cheesy.
Use salsa as a garnish, dip, or sauce.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
11/4/12 4:55 A

I hated vegetables all the years I was growing up at home. Even through college I rarely touched them, though I would eat them because I knew they were good for me.

Until I married and my husband put in a garden. I found out what fresh carrots, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, peas, beans, numerous squash varieties and much more tasted like when fresh out of the garden.

Not knowing what to do with the abundance, I began getting cookbooks and reading. My favorite is, "What to Cook when your Garden Explodes." I learned that my mother, grandmother and the public schools had overcooked all of our vegetables, thereby eliminating texture (crunch) color (so they weren't blah food) and flavor (so they weren't bland). Besides all that they were served cool or cold! The difference in learning how to cook vegetables and having fresh ones at home was astounding. There was no comparison to my own compared to that which I grew up with.

Then I learned how to sneak vegetables into brownies, cookies, smoothies, soups, stews, casseroles, and many more foods. I even learned how to enjoy beets, my nemice when I found a recipe for "orange beets" made with a little sugar and orange juice.

Combine that with stir-fry vegetables (not overcooked!) and I am now a vegetable lover. The changes can be made to learn to enjoy them. It takes time to learn, prepare them, and a little effort. Most vegetable recipes have quick cooking methods. Easy, quick, colorful and tasty when they are cooked right.

Enjoy experimenting!

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11/4/12 12:18 A

I've been a vegetarian for many; years because I can't process meat proteins.I can't stand portobello mushrooms (it's a texture thing) but like most veggies, which I suppose is a good thing considering.

Something I do to get more veggies is stirfry carrots, onions and any other old thing in just a tiny bit of vegetable oi and garlic then add marinara sauce then add to my favorite pasta. Can't really taste the veggies so much, but you get at least two servings that way.

EGRAMMY Posts: 13,491
11/3/12 9:46 P

I really like them with a country peppered milk gravy

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11/3/12 9:24 P

I agree with all the roasting comments. I also agree that sticking with seasonal produce is a good idea and to use fresh rather than canned/frozen anytime you can (I use frozen once in a blue moon, but I can't even think about using canned anymore - bleh!).

Hiding it in your food like others have suggested is a good way to introduce some veggies. You can make homemade hummus with veggies blended into it (cauliflower, carrots, bell peppers, etc.). You can also saute or steam different veggies and stick them into a bean burrito. Pairing veggies with something you already do like - such as taking a healthy dip you enjoy and trying out different veggies to dip into it - can work too.

Trying veggies I had never tried before was the key for me. We did not have a lot of diversity with our vegetables when I was a kid (lots of canned peas/carrots/green beans) and when I started getting healthier as an adult, I discovered a whole world of veggies I had never even heard of like chard, kale, bok choy, butternut and acorn squash, etc. Now those are some of my favorites. Get adventurous and try some new recipes!

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11/3/12 8:18 P

I like all veggies, though okra, unless it's in gumbo, isn't way up there on must haves :-) And I can't (won't) eat potatoes au gratin or pea soup.

Both of them would gag a maggot.



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11/3/12 7:50 P

Find a few veggies you DO like, and expand from there. Sneak a couple into your sandwiches, a tomato slice or two, a couple of thin cucumber slices, radish shreds if you like a little spice/crunch. Personally, I would mush rather eat veggies than salmon (and that's what I had for dinner! Lol)

TPROONEY3 Posts: 33
11/3/12 3:57 P

I did not willingly eat any vegetables (and I mean ANY) until I was in my 20s. Hated 'em. Now, I am eating 7-9 servings per day.

Chinese food provided my gateway to vegetables. They were sliced thin and fried up, so they seemed bearable. Fast forward two decades--I eat most of my veggies raw.

Ever drink fruit smoothies? Try a berry smoothie with 1-2 baby spinach leaves chopped up so small that you cannot taste them. Then go up to 3-4, 4-8, 8-16 (until your smoothie turns green).

PIKA1319 Posts: 130
11/3/12 1:44 P

"We do things all the time that aren't enjoyable -- taking medication, getting our car's oil changed, commuting to work, etc. -- so why does food always have to be tasty/enjoyable?"

Well, gee, maybe because we DO HAVE to do all those other things... Food is one thing we actually have control over and can enjoy, not another MUST DO burden like everything else in life!

I don't feel the "eat it because you HAVE to" attitude is very healthy; I think it just makes you resentful and makes you less likely to change into a good habit.

I have the same problem as the OP; I just don't like vegetables. There are a few that I like. I have made myself try others and have come to tolerate (and maybe even kind of like) a handful of others.

GRACEMCC45 Posts: 1,134
11/3/12 12:45 P

I am all about raw!! I eat my 4 servings of veggies a day almost entirely in raw form. Maybe a cooked serving with supper like corn or peas, but rarely! Cucumber, red pepper, grape tomatoes, and carrots are a daily staple for me - and always raw!

An earlier poster commented on needing to enjoy them. Nope, you don't! Just today (I'm sick) I really didn't feel like eating my planned red pepper and tomatoes with my lunch - I just wanted a grilled cheese sandwich. So I chopped them up first and ate them as I was making my sandwich. 2 servings of veggies, done and "out of the way" so I could enjoy my not-so-healthy but good-for-the-soul lunch

I also recommend chopping up cucumber and red pepper, adding a bunch of cherry or grape tomatoes into a salad - then add about 0.5oz of low fat feta cheese - yum! And no need for dressing!

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11/3/12 11:18 A

Chop Suey--
1/4 sauce
1 teaspoon mustard
1 pk chop suey veggies
1 can of french style green beans
mix mustard and soy sauce in pan.( There is no need to add more liquid since the dish makes it own . ) add chop suey vegetables, cook til they barely begin to get soft ( or as crisp as u like) then drain 15 oz can of green beans and heat.serves 4 or ?

This is an old w.w. recipe that is zero points , its really very good and can be eaten alone as entree or add cooked meat to a serving. I just get the frozen oriental stir fry veggies at wal mart.I like a serving of shrimp or chicken with this sometimes.

STRONG_SARAH Posts: 1,203
11/3/12 10:03 A

Oh, and I agree with the stir-fry idea. Lot's of ways to experiment there!

Edited by: STRONG_SARAH at: 11/3/2012 (10:05)
STRONG_SARAH Posts: 1,203
11/3/12 9:56 A

I used to hate veggies too! I remember when I first started eating them in my 20s I'd drown them in cheese all the time. Wow, remembering that I'm amazed at how much my tastes have changed over the years.

My favorite way to eat them now is to roast them with some rosemary, salt and pepper. Just toss some olive oil on them and throw them in the oven at 400 and cook for about 40 minutes, stirring once or twice. I especially like to get one of each color, like red pepper, carrot, zucchini, potato, purple onion, and some garlic. I know they're done when the red pepper starts to turn black.

Also, green beans can be roasted and eaten like french fries......yummy! I've heard that's true for kale too, but we don't have it where I live so I've never tried it.

Good luck, and remember that your taste buds will change with time. Everyone's do.

11/3/12 9:04 A

Stir fry! Experiment with Asian seasonings like chopped ginger root, soy, sriracha, sesame oil in moderate amounts, and brown rice. Great stir fry veggies are bok choy (enjoy the checkout girl's face as she asks what it is), red and yellow peppers, snow peas, green onions, and baby corn and water chestnuts from the canned vegetable aisle. Straw mushrooms. A little shrimp or chicken and voila!

On another culinary note - puréed cauliflower or squash as side dishes with grilled or broiled meat and salad add the comfort food feeling without the calories of mashed potatoes. Use whipped cream cheese to add flavor to your purées. Here's my favorite:

Cut up cauliflower, onion, and garlic. Boil in chicken broth until tender, drain well. Add to food processor fitted with steel blade, purée with small amount of low fat milk or buttermilk ( add a very little at a time to keep it from getting too watery ). Add 1 T of whipped cream cheese, salt and pepper, and mix well. Correct seasoning as desired. Serve with your meat and maybe a sautéed vegetable on top. It's creamy and a little nutty.

Spaghetti squash with pesto (low fat) and mushrooms makes an awesome side or main dish.

Vegetable pies are awesome too. Browse through a vegetarian cookbook like the New Moosewood Cookbook and you'll find a whole new world.

Clearly, for my input it helps if you enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. I think it is great fun. Enjoy - and good for you for looking for new horizons!!

11/3/12 8:13 A

Funny thing is when I started the first time I had this same attitude. I actually love vegetables now!

To get started I had to hide vegetables in what I ate. I found it easiest to do in pasta dishes.

One of my favorites: I would steam brocolli (or mixed vegetables), add canned tomato, and add it in pasta. I found this really neat sauce in a hungry girl cook book, I take laughing cow cheese and microwave it in a little bit of water for a few seconds, take out and stir and I have a low calorie sauce. How many wedges I use depends on how much sauce I'm making. I usually top the dish with reduced fat mozarella cheese. Sometimes I add chicken or shrimp in as well.

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11/3/12 8:07 A

DH and I do veggies a lot of ways--roasting, steaming hardly ever just tossing them in water on the stove. Many vegetables get sweeter when roasted; a bit of olive oil and some herbs or just sea salt. Yummm

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11/3/12 7:57 A

Are you overcooking the veggies? Limp, shriveled veggies are a little disgusting, and I imagine they don't have the nutrients properly cooked veggies do. Experiment. We like our carrots fairly crisp, but we like our broccoli steamed longer than most people do. And I do use a little bit of butter (so that I don't feel like I'm "dieting").

Today I'm sauteing zucchini, tomatoes, and onions and serving it with grilled chicken for lunch.

There's a cookbook I have called The Meatless Gourmet. It has vegetarian recipes from around the world in it. One of our favorite recipes, Spinach and Black Bean Burritos come from that book. You don't know you're eating spinach. They're delicious.

Change it up. Find ways of fixing veggies you do enjoy.

LOVESTOWALK49 Posts: 705
11/3/12 6:13 A

I love vegetables. My kids and sister's kids love vegetables. When they were little, we had trouble getting them out of the produce section of the grocery store. We had to explain that we could only eat some much in a week. We would find broccoli, melons, mushrooms, kale, tomatoes, avocados and other fruits and vegetables finding their way into our cart. Now, that they are older, teens, processed food finds its way into our cart. They still fill their plates with salad and their favorite vegetables, but at the grocery store they are more interested cookies, breakfast cereals and frozen treats.

SUSANK16 Posts: 2,635
11/3/12 6:12 A

I am with Mary Joanna - roast them. I never enjoyed vegetables until I started roasting them.
Try the Spark receipe for roasted brocolli. It is a staple in my house

MARYJOANNA Posts: 5,947
11/3/12 5:57 A

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I love almost all vegetables. Exceptions are okra. I love to roast vegetables, also.

11/3/12 5:35 A

There are hundreds of types of vegetable - how can you hate all of them?

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11/3/12 12:46 A

Roasted Okra
18 okra pods
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons black pepper----Preheat oven to 425
Arrange okra slices in one layer on foil lined cookie sheet
drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
bake 10 -15 minutes...

This is a pinterest recipe and its sooo good , its out of this world...I don't care for okra all that much, but this will make you a lover of okra..I put the olive oil in a bowl and then added the okra (after washed and dried ) and moved it around til coated with the oil. You can get the okra fresh right now, so ya gotta try this it just dosen't get better...It takes away slimey texture...

Edited by: CHICKYWANNA at: 11/3/2012 (00:52)
11/2/12 10:40 P

A year ago I probably wouldn't have liked it but tonight for vegetables cut up kale and swiss chard from the garden... cooked and drained then added to mushroom and onions cooked in coconut oil... topped with a few cashews... wow not bad for a vegetables... I am going to miss the garden..

SALEX52 Posts: 5,444
11/2/12 4:14 P

Be seasonal. Eat the veggie in the season when it should appear. This way, by the time I'm tired of asparagus, it's time to move on to summer veggies. I've had my fill of tomatoes now, and I'm loving the squashes that are showing up.
We have gotten used to seeing every vegetable all the time, and that makes it easy to get in a rut. Go back to seasonality, and that may help.

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11/2/12 3:19 P

This topic (and the great responses) got me hungry. I'm now having baby (raw) carrots dipped in organic hummus!

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11/2/12 1:56 P

Love my veggies!

One of my favorite veggie recipes is "hot slaw". This is an old recipe, but instead of oil I now use cooking spray...but olive oil is okay too!! Add a bag of cole slaw mix (or manually shred cabbage and carrot) to a hot skillet (or wok or fry pan). Saute with strips of onions and bell pepper for 10 minutes or so. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

It is quick and easy and very's a very good complement to grilled chicken, burgers, etc.


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11/2/12 1:34 P

This is so good---fix a spaghetti squash and portion it -then layer a cup of progresso lentil soup over the top of a portion, its a 100 cal for 1/2 can of the soup and I never count veggies much (old weight watcher ) so I didn't look up cals in the squash.There is a full serving of vegetables in the soup and and its really, really great tasting with the squash..So good and it'll make you love veggies...

GOPINTOS Posts: 6,263
11/2/12 11:34 A

There are so many different veggies. Keep trying until you find something you like :)

I also enjoy roasting them. I also fry some in Coconut Oil. I like adding balsamic, especially to steamed veggies. And if it fits in your calories for the day, try a little real butter.

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11/2/12 11:34 A

Another vote for roasting them. 400 degrees for 10 minutes will usually do the trick for broccoli or asparagus. In addition to the bit of olive oil and S&P, I also sometimes sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on it. It gets all crispy and delicious.

I also like snap peas or green beans sauteed (in a wok if you have one) with a sauce made from soy sauce, sriracha, and ginger powder.

If I'm in a rush, lately I've been using these frozen Green Giant seasoned steamers. They're pre-seasoned and delicious, and take 6 minutes in the microwave. The sodium is a little higher on them obviously but not so bad.

Another key is to use fresh if at all possible... with frozen being second choice. I can't STAND canned veggies, except for maybe corn. Talk about bland...

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 11/2/2012 (11:36)
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11/2/12 11:28 A

I fix the tofu (faux egg salad) for sandwiches. Have you tried the veggie burgers and sausages?
I am not a big veggie person either. I just fix them different ways, steam, sauté, and sometimes I top them with fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Maybe try them as a main course, like a pot of green beans, potatoes and turkey sausage. I even eat veggie subs from Subway and veggie pizzas. Any way to keep from being burned out.


11/2/12 11:12 A

well now that I have breast cancer and don't want a whole lot of chemotherapy treatment vegetables are my friend... especially the cruciferous variety which one of them is equivalent to 7 other I do stir frys.... mushrooms, add onions... add chicken cubes or steak cubes... add some cauliflower , maybe brocolli near the end,,, red peppers and tomatoes... in that order....

I sneak them into omlettes.... mushroom omlette with shaved broccoli tops and onion or red pepper....

I add them to my soup.... pea soup I cook some small broccoli pieces, add some chicken and some red onion... to the can of habitat pea soup

to chicken noodle soup I add spinach or swiss chard... chunks of chicken and red onion....

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
11/2/12 10:51 A

My favorite beverage these days is low-sodium V-8 juice. It lacks the fiber benefits of whole vegetables (which give you all the fiber benefits if you chop them up and liquefy in a blender and season them yourself) but I love the taste. It has loads of potassium, very little sodium, tastes great (after you get used to the lower-salt taste) and has few calories. I never thought I'd like it but I drink 3 or 4 8-oz glasses a day.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
11/2/12 10:35 A

I add my vegetables to my meats, and cook them up together. The meat flavors the veggies some. I can eat several cups of veggies though, without any seasoning. They taste awesome.

One thing we never realize is how much sugar, and salt reduce our ability to taste food. I find plain chicken to be very salty now. Onions that are sauteed get very sweet. If you think these foods are bland, get rid of the sugar, and salt from your diet. Then a cup of green beans, cooked with onions will have enough flavor. Veggies aren't bland.. you just can't taste them.

KAT321123 Posts: 203
11/2/12 10:09 A

I realize this isn't always an easy attitude to take or think about, but why do you need to enjoy eating vegetables? Depending on the vegetable, they're usually most nutritious in their raw or cooked form, plain. Eating food can be and often is enjoyable, but why not just munch on some plain green pepper slices or saute some veggies in veggie broth? We do things all the time that aren't enjoyable -- taking medication, getting our car's oil changed, commuting to work, etc. -- so why does food always have to be tasty/enjoyable?

I used to really dislike most veggies (and was a vegetarian who lived mainly on junk food), but eventually started to eat more produce and eventually grew to like pretty much every type of vegetable that crosses my plate. For me it was one of those things where eating them made me more tolerable to them and eventually I learned to like them. Or, as you're eating them, you can always tell yourself "These carrot sticks are delicious" even if you don't believe it -- eventually you can trick yourself into believing what you're saying! But anyway, off my pro-veggie soapbox =) Onto some ideas:

~Sauteeing in veggie broth can add some extra nutrition and help add some great flavor. Use a bit of boullion if you're not watching your sodium.
~Celery and nut butter is a great old standby for a reason -- nutritious (as long as you use pure nut butter) and tasty.
~Make a healthy spinach-artichoke dip using Greek yogurt. Dip veggies in it and then you're getting the veggies from the dip as well as the dippers!
~If you like pesto, make it with much less oil and use broccoli, spinach, or arugula instead of the basil.
~Make green smoothies. Seriously. Put whatever fruit you like into a blender with a liquid and throw in a handful of spinach or kale. With spinach it's truly undetectable. I've been making them with mango, pineapple, and spinach with coconut milk. Put it in a opaque container and you won't notice the spinach/kale.

Good luck! I hope you have my experience and learn to love veggies =)

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
11/2/12 9:44 A

I roasted some carrots for my husband, who doesn't like carrots the other night and he Loved them...thought they were sweet potato fries. I eat a lot of broccoli too and I'll shred a little cheese on it, not a lot, just like a T or two, but it does wonders. Are you seasoning the veggies in any way?

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11/2/12 9:43 A

Also, one way I started eating a lot of veggies was veggie soup. You can put anything into a soup and it'll be good! You can even add chicken, sausage, meatballs, etc. to help the flavor, as long as you load it up with veggies too!

ALSO!! (ok ok i get excited when it comes to vegetables...!) try as many different kinds and ways of preparing veggies as you can. Don't like plain cooked broccoli? Try topping it with a little cheddar cheese, or keeping it raw and dipping it into ranch dressing. Don't like asparagus? Try roasting it then topping with red sauce and a little mozerella (asparagus favorite veggie side!).

So many things to try. Keep at it! :)

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11/2/12 9:39 A

I second the roasting... Most veggies are delicious when you roast them, put some spices and a little olive oil... I even find myself missing roasted broccoli or cauliflower occasionally...

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11/2/12 9:38 A

Well, what DO you like? There are tons of ways to hide veggies in your normal food.

Like spaghetti with red sauce? Puree the sauce with carrots, mushrooms, spinach, and/or onions. You could also try substituting spaghetti squash for the noodles. I personally don't think it tastes like pasta, but it's still delicious!

Like chili? Halve the meat and load it up with extra beans and veggies like carrots, corn or zuchinni.

Like burgers? Substitute for a frozen veggie burger, or at least pile on the lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, etc. to your normal burger. You could even grate up some veggies and mix them in with the meat before you form the patties.

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11/2/12 9:32 A

I like roasting myself, especially asparagus, tossed with a little olive oil, sea salt and minced garlic. Adding veg to other dishes that might not have many veggies is also a great way to get them into your diet without them being too noticeable. Add onions, peppers, mushrooms, even carrots or zucchini to your favorite pasta dish or substitute extra green beans, peas, carrots, corn, etc instead of some of the meat in a shepherds pie. Another thing I've been enjoying is soup. There are so many varieties you can make with veggies simmered in veg broth and seasonings until really soft. If you put the soup in the blender, it gives it an almost creamy taste and texture, without the calories and fat. Here's a quick one to start:

11/2/12 9:14 A

um...... NO!
i say: veggies YUM!
its all in how you cook them - roast with just a touch of olive oil, sea salt and garlic and any vegetable can taste like roasty caramelized goodness!

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,257
11/2/12 5:33 A

I pesonall enjoy Seasame Seeds ontop of veggies. The linoleic acid present in poppy seeds helps protect human body from heart attack and other heart-related disorders. This is a good carb that provides energy, promotes digestion . Sesame seeds are high in nutrition. Sesame seeds and contain many valuable nutrients

Caraway Seeds as they help to maintain proper heart beat rate & lower blood pressure and bring down cholesterol level in the blood..try it with cabbage

Celery seeds have shown tremendous ability to fight high cholesterol, obesity and hypertension, according to researches

Hemp Seeds as they help weight loss, increase and sustaine energy, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced inflammation & have 20 known amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids.

Black pepper, which is a natural anti-biotic and a great dieatary source of fiber, potassium, iron, vitamins C and K, they help reduce heart disease A preliminary new study suggests that the pungent component in black pepper known as piperine fights fat by blocking the formation of new fat cells.

Oregano Protects cells because of antioxidant properties and is a good source of beneficial fiber good in sauteed mushrooms and onions

Certain foods and spices are known for their blood sugar balancing properties, and can be used to prevent raised blood sugar and to lower blood sugar

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11/2/12 5:25 A

recipes with undetectable veggies:

mini quiche muffins
spinach/carrot brownies
green smoothies (amazing how many "veggie haters" get hooked on these)

sample chocolate green smoothie recipe:
1-2 c fresh spinach
1 large carrot
1/2 c cucumber slices
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 t vanilla
stevia or agave nectar or raw honey to desired level of sweetness

blend well

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 11/3/2012 (07:39)
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11/2/12 3:41 A

I make a lot of vegetable salads. Steamed broccoli with a light spraying of olive oil, fresh lemon, salt and pepper. Asparagus with fresh basil, crumbled blue cheese, grape tomatoes and a little olive oil. Fresh steamed green beans in a simple vinaigrette. I do not think I actually ate a hot vegetable until I went to college. I also grill or sauté chicken breast or pork chops and place them on a bed of spinach or kale. The heat of the meat wilts the greens and the juice and seasonings flavor it.

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11/2/12 2:59 A

I really love roasted veggies. Toss them with a bit of olive oil and some salt and pepper or other seasonings. I usually use garlic salt. My favorites are brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and carrots. They are so yummy roasted.

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11/2/12 2:54 A

I love sauteing mushrooms, green & red peppers, and onions in a frying pan with PAM instead of Olive Oil and then putting it in a pita wrap with some Dijon mustard...So good and only about 100 cals!

DOE1164 Posts: 103
11/2/12 2:03 A

I'm getting sick and tired of veggies! I'
ve never been a big veggie fan, but eat them b/c they're healthy But there's got to be some way to make them yummier w/o adding tons of calories. Any great ideas?.

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