Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I was thinking about this yesterday and thinking of ways to get my vegetables. The trouble with salads for me is that every time I make one, my husband is suggesting ways to improve it. He thinks he's helping, it's a guy thing, but I've formed a real aversion to making salad.
I got a suggestion from SparkCoach to make smoothies, and to sneak some vegetables in with that, especially greens. This is a pretty good idea, now that I know how to sweeten plain fatfree Greek Yogurt. I ran the numbers yesterday, and it's about two packets of sugar per 6 oz. of yogurt. I'm not sure how much is in a packet, but I did packets because I actually wanted to use Truvia/Stevia which I have in packets. And it came out pretty good. I was glad because what you really don't want is too much of one of those eerie non sugar sweeteners, even if it is natural.
Then yesterday I we ate out twice for Veteran's day, once at Denny's and once at Olive Garden. So I was reviewing their choices before hand and found that they had vegetarian dishes with a decent amount of protein. At Denny's, I had the veggie skillet with egg whites. And that was quite nice. I've always thought egg whites were for crazy people, I don't eat so many eggs but throwing away the yolks is just something I'm too crazy to do. We all have our things. I had a skillet at Denny's back in April and wound up making one a few times at home, with my leftover thanksgiving turkey. Skillets are a great way to eat some veggies.
And then at Olive Garden, I knew that the minestrone soup had less calories than the salad with dressing, I picked it for the calories, but I thought "there is a lot of veggies in this soup." I mean, I'd always thought minestrone was not a very substantial soup, but it's an extremely tasty way to get a serving or two of vegetables. Also I had the portabello ravioli and can I just say I love mushrooms? They are wonderful.
So there we have it. Smoothies, skillets/stir fry, and soups. That's not even counting roasted vegetables, which someone recommended yesterday. And it doesn't start with S. Just kidding. I should try roasting vegetables with my pizza cooking device, especially now it's cold outside.