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Healthy vegetarian dishes? Potlucks?

Monday, July 29, 2013

I wish I could find a social group that held pot lucks on a regular basis that shared healthy vegetable dishes.

I need to learn to make more vegetable dishes that taste good, are simple to shop for and prepare and that my family will eat. I also need to learn to organize fresh fruits and veggies better so as to prevent wasting money on foods going bad. I blew it my allowing my family to be "picky eaters". There is no changing my husband. He wants to be healthy but he is a picky eater. His idea of a salad is iceburg lettuce with ranch dressing. Too boring for the rest of us - plus not very nutritious.

My son is similiar to my husband in that he does not like to try new things. My daughter gets bored and wants to try new things. All of them only want to eat what they are in the mood for. This results in my buying individualy frozen burgers, etc to avoid fast food. I am hoping burgers at home are healthier than fast food.

I do read labels more often than I used to in order to avoid things like hfcs artificial colors and flavors. Soda is out most of the time. Maybe the kids share one at the theater because we have the souvenir cup that allows cheap refills.

It is such a struggle sometimes in knowing what to cook as I want to watch my money AND eat healthy. I retired recently and we have a daughter in college. Our son will enter 8th grade this year so watching money is essential.

I am going to get ready to walk on the treadmils with my son now.

Baby steps. Hope I keep making progress and don't give up.
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  • FISHER011
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    1670 days ago
    Maybe try ONE new food a week. Since DH will eat a salad, gradually introduce a different type of lettuce mixed in with the iceberg, say romaine. Once they're used to iceberg and romaine lettuce mixed together, gradually add a little bit of mixed baby lettuces or baby spinach to the mix. Try a couple of different varieties of low fat ranch dressing-Ken's is good. I like the low fat Northern Italian dressing the company makes!

    A trick to keeping fresh fruits and veggies fresh is to not buy more than you'll use in a week. It is very tempting to see so much beautiful produce and then buy way too much of it. Keep a choice of two kinds of fresh fruit on hand, and salad fixings - lettuces, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, carrots.

    There are a LOT of vegetarian recipes here on SP. You mention burgers, but are you vegetarian?

    I would start with the salad first. Just like with young children, people have to be exposed to a new food (even lettuce!) several times before it becomes routine. I wouldn't make a big deal out of it either. Just make it, and present it. Oh - and don't serve it "dressed" - let everyone lut their own dressing on it themselves, that way if a lot isn't eaten, then you can bag it and save it for lunch the next day!!
    1670 days ago
    I wish I had an answer for you. My husband was like yours--he would tell me to buy tofu but when I served it, he wouldn't eat it!! My kids were terribly picky eaters, and now my son eats anything and everything, not picky at all. I guess all you can do is keep putting it in front of them.
    1670 days ago
  • LETHA_
    Couple of suggestions. Try for vegetarian potluck type groups in your area. Healthy recipes that are labeled kid friendly tend to go over better with people who are not accustomed to eating healthy. For example, blending a little spinach into your pasta sauce so the kids don’t know it’s there. Regarding saving money, it kind of depends on the food plan you’ve chosen. I buy 20lb bags of brown rice, potatoes, oats, and dry beans. All very cheap. I buy a lot of frozen fruits and veggies in 5 lb bags from a restaurant supply store that’s open to the public. Corn, green beans, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, carrots, asparagus, mango. Cheaper and they don’t go bad.

    I buy bananas, apples, celery, red bell peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, & kale fresh and keep them in Debbie Meyer Green Bags. I also add a paper towel to green bags or regular plastic bags when storing any fruits or veggies in the fridge to regulate the moisture and prolong how long they last. Best wishes.

    1670 days ago
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