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Need inspiration about "freggies"

Monday, December 10, 2012

This is not the greatest season for fresh veggies, and I am not crazy about canned or frozen ones. I do use canned tomatoes and tomato products a lot making soup, spaghetti sauce, chili, and such. I buy bags of salad with the best of intentions but usually have to toss some out before it's all eaten.

I buy bananas, grapes, oranges, and "cuties" (clementine oranges) for the kids. I try to avoid eating the fruit a lot because I think it's full of carbs and sugar.

I made a split pea soup today with onion, potato, celery, and carrots in it. No meat this time but I flavor it with curry powder. It's pretty good. I'm counting each serving I have as a serving a veggies. Exactly how much of a veggie or fruit qualifies? If I eat a big apple is that 2 servings? How about a big banana? If I eat soup with bits of veggies in it is that one serving or more? I usually err on the low side and hardly ever get all the ones on my spark tracker page. Maybe though I really am because I measure it conservatively. Do you think canned pumpkin used in baking muffins qualifies as a serving of veggies? I counted it today, but usually don't.

I am looking for veggie ideas. If you are eating veggies, please let me know.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
COXBETH 12/11/2012 4:04PM

    I love using veggies in cooked meals so that I don't have to think about making them a seperate part of the meal. Like, a can of tex-mex corn in a casserole, or making a meat loaf that is stuffed with the spinach that is about to go bad ( emoticon ). I've also fallen head-over-heels in love with a soup based on this recipe :

I don't use the cream at all and made some other little adjustments (like using fake crab since it's wildly cheaper, and a little less butter sauce).

I'd recommend using the epicurious website to look up weird or new veggies and giving one or two recipes a try each week.

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LOSINGLINNDY 12/11/2012 12:05AM

    You have gotten some very good ideas. I wish you much enjoyment in trying them.
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MOONSTORMER 12/10/2012 11:28PM

    i agree with the roasting post! so true - love so many veggies tossed with a bit of olive oil and roasted in the oven until golden brown. delicious! emoticon

i also have carrot sticks and humus as a snack. the humus is a great source of protein and fiber, and of course the carrot sticks are great for you! you can also use cut up bell pepper as a dipping tool.

like the other posters, i mix veggies into other things. if it's a dish i don't think my hubby wants veggies in, i chop really fine. otherwise, he doesn't seem to mind a bit of broccoli in the pasta sauce... adds something different.

just try to add to each meal/snack and you'll get there!!

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1EMMA2011 12/10/2012 8:19PM

    I read that orange and red vegetables help fight breast cancer. For me, I eat a salad twice a week and have fruit with cottage cheese a lot. I also eat subs with chopped vegetables (about 5 servings i think - extra on the spinach...

Hope this helps!


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ALISHAB3 12/10/2012 6:00PM

    I weigh my fruits and veggies. Its easier than guessing what a 'serving is'. I also like the green smoothies. I find that spinach is the least odd, and I also add some parsley. I am partial to frozen blueberries, handful of spinach, 1/4 of a lime worth of juice, parsley, and 1/2 an orange, some yogurt or kefir, and give it a whirl in the blender. Its tasty, not too 'verdant' or green tasting.

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DETERMINED_ME 12/10/2012 3:41PM

    I agree about the roasting of veggies, they are yummy that way.

As for fruits,yes they have carbs and natural sugars in them but if you eat them within reason they are good for you.


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IAMRADIOGEEK 12/10/2012 2:26PM

    I'm all about roasting my veggies. Carrots, broccoli, green beans, asparagus, onions and peppers...they're all wonderful roasted in the oven or popped under the broiler. I've also been tossing fresh veggies I've already chopped and frozen into whatever I end up making. Adding it to spaghetti sauce is easy, or even to the kiddos' mac & cheese. I'll even add some to eggs at breakfast. Every little bit helps!

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SEESKO 12/10/2012 1:54PM

    Weird that I saw this after the post I just made. Have you ever had a green smoothie?

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