I find roasting veggies really makes me enjoy them so much more. I just toss them with a little oil, salt and pepper, and whatever other spices i desire, spread them out in a pan and roast at about 400F until done. This works well with root veggies and even things like cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, and brussel sprouts. Smoothies are a good way to get in greens. I also enjoy kale and collards when shredded thin (remove stems first) and sauteed in a little olive oil and minced garlic. They cook quickly and are really tasty. I also add some red pepper flakes too sometimes.
Kale also works well for salads. Just rinse and remove stem, chop it up into a bowl and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Then massage it with your hands until the kale wilts. You can then add whatever ingredients and dressing you like. Especially good in this salad are peppers, carrots, sliced apples, cranberries, whatever you like really!
Shadowboxer, I found that I really like veggies in combination better than by themselves. Kale works well when cooked in an Indian Chana Masala or thrown in tortilla soup or vegetable soup. I make a killer ratatouille with eggplant, zucchini, onions, carrots and tomatoes that I serve over whole wheat noodles. Last week I made a beans and greens with lima beans and collard greens. I served it over brown rice.
As in most recipes it is the spice combination that makes the dish. The beans and greens contains liquid smoke that replaces the bacon/ham flavor along with garlic, etc.
When I became vegan almost 2 years ago I had to relearn how to cook. I used to make meals that looked like this - grilled chicken, steamed broccoli/carrot/cauliflower mixture, some kind of rice or potato. Now I make things like pad thai, chana masala, spanish paella with vegan chorizo sausage, Asian teriyaki tofu wraps, vegan taco salad, cauliflower chickpea curry soup and Samosa rolls.
My family and I have expanded our palate and have enjoyed the journey. I would suggest you go to the library and check out some cookbooks. I would recommend for weight loss you check out the ones that don't drown everything in olive oil. Happy Herbivore has a new cookbook. The Engine 2 Diet has some great recipes and both have recipes on their websites.
Hello. I am in the process of transforming from veggie to vegan. I am learning now to eat veggies without fat, salt cheese and they aren't appealing. I am not eating salads because the low calorie "store bought" dressings aren't appealing. I put them in smoothies with fruit and get my greens that way. Any tasty (and quick) ideas that you could recommend to help me get more veggies in? Do you think I will get used to and actually like the plain and sometimes earthy tastes (ex. kale) of plain veggies? Thanks for your input.
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