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New Habit: Eating more vegetables during the day Help!!!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

This has been a challenge for me. I would buy vegetables and not eat them they would go bad.

This time I want things to be different. I started with spinach, I prepare a omelet with spinach, onions, and garlic

Does anyone have any other ideas?

Thanks

Janet
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LESLIE2561 3/4/2013 1:19PM

    I keep a stock pile of frozen veggies so that I don't have to worry about them going bad. They are so easy to throw in the microwave for a few minutes and then you have a healthy side dish ready to go. emoticon

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/4/2013 8:10AM

    All good ideas here, so nothing new to add. Just want to commend you on wanting to add more vegetables to your diet. They are full of good fiber, vitamins and minerals, very low in calories and will help you reach your weight goal the more you eat! Best wishes!

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HAVEFUN2LOSE 3/4/2013 4:43AM

    Some great ideas. Why are you leaving them, is it because you aren't really fond of veggies or just fed up with the same things? I use a lot in stir fries as well and also when my kids were young, I would 'hide' them, maybe add carrots to potatoes and mash together. I also like to do veggie curry and chilli recipes, serve with rice or pasta.
Just try one new veggie a week as well to see if you can find more to enjoy emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 3/4/2013 2:17AM

    A stirfy on rice is nice.....or I regularly add pasta and beans to the veg with pasta sauce...its yummy

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/3/2013 11:54PM

    I have started putting half a green pepper on my turkey sandwich. It is actually very good.

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MTULLY 3/3/2013 10:22PM

    A lot of great ideas here! I find that I use my veggies faster if I already have them washed, peeled, sliced, and in containers in the fridge. I do that with carrots, celery, sweet peppers, and green beans. I also try to make recipes that use a lot of veggies. I make them earlier in the week, giving me leftovers for other meals or some to put in the freezer for later. i make the SP No Guilt Enchilada recipe often, and I always add some chopped spinach and mushrooms to the mix. Leftovers freeze beautifully. It really bulks up the recipe with very few calories and lots more taste. Stir fry recipes are also great because you can toss in whatever veggies you have on hand. Most veggies taste great roasted in the oven with a little olive oil and seasonings, and leftovers can be reheated or used in soups.

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VHALKYRIE 3/3/2013 10:10PM

    I love wilted spinach seasoned with just a dab of sesame oil, rice vinegar and salt. Try it as a side dish for Asian inspired meals sometime!

Comment edited on: 3/3/2013 10:11:03 PM

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SUTERSPACE 3/3/2013 10:04PM

    I have been eating way more soups and stir fries. We also have been eating a lot of taco salads.

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ANNEROUSSEAU 3/3/2013 8:11PM

    I try to eat a salad every day, and I usually eat it for breakfast. I add fruit to my salads. My favorite is a salad of spring greens, with blackberries, a little goat cheese, and a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

I also like baby carrots with guacamole. I buy the Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie packs, and I use about a cup of baby carrots to scoop it out and eat. I have this at lunch just about every day.

Soups are another great way to get more vegetables. Onions, celery, carrots, bell peppers, spinach, squash, beans, tomatoes, zucchini... maybe season with either some chili or curry. Make big pot of vegetable soup and freeze it. You'll get almost a 2 servings of veggies in every cup.

And don't forget frozen vegetables. Those steam in the bag veggies are just a nutritious as fresh.

I often serve an all vegetarian meal, using 3 vegetables of various colors on the plate. For example, steamed broccoli, squash, sauteed mushrooms with onions.

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GODDESSOFHOME 3/3/2013 7:09PM

    I really like your comments WOUBBIE, I never would have thought to do that with spinach. I freeze a lot of veggies. Bell peppers are a good one, you don't have to do anything to them, just clean em, cut em up, and freeze them in an airtight container or a freezer bag. Then, when I am making omelettes or stir fries or soups, I have bell peppers readily available. I usually do this with the ones that are not quite okay for eating raw, but they haven't gone bad yet. I have some problems eating produce instead of throwing it out. Another good thing to freeze is fruit to use in smoothies.

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WOUBBIE 3/3/2013 6:53PM

    I like green and red peppers, onions and tomatoes in my omelets, but I don't have time in the mornings to deal with them all, so on the weekends once in a while I'll sauté up a bunch, stick them in single serve baggies (I get those really really cheap foldover sandwich bags at the dollar store) and then freeze the portions.

Spinach leaves freeze really well, just lay them flat in a gallon sized baggie and toss them in the freezer. If you use them for soups and omelets you don't even need to thaw them, they're so brittle that you can break off a bit from the frozen bunch and crumble them over whatever you're cooking.

If you eat potatoes, but only once in a while, don't buy the big bag, just get one or two big baking potatoes. They last longer when they're not all ganged up in a bag too.

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PCOH051610 3/3/2013 6:42PM

    Maybe buy one of those veggie platters with a small selection of four or five vegetables? Or you could buy mini carrots and put them in a pretty bowl in the front of your fridge. Every bit counts. Do you like smoothies? I'm sure you could make some tasty ones.

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THISTIMEMYWAY 3/3/2013 5:09PM

    I have also been trying to eat more veges. My vegetables also go bad so now I also have frozen green/wax beans, carrots, etc. It's easy to steam them and they are always good. I also bought a few tomatoes and bagged baby carrots and am eating those... Simple but okay for someone who doesn't cook too much- I need simplicity!!! emoticon

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