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12/7/12 11:18 A

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That is a huge improvement in the veggie department. So many people don't experiment enough.
I also encourage everyone to try all the leafy greens, including arugala, turnip greens, collard greens, mustard greens, kale, dandelion greens (from clean, unsprayed source), red cabbage, green cabbage, jicama, radishes, rutabagas, bok choy, brussel sprouts.
If you think they may taste too bitter at first flavor them with onion or garlic.
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12/7/12 1:54 A

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I either roast my veggies or steam them. Usually steamed with a bit of butter and lemon juice. When I first started paleo in January, I ate no vegetables except for lettuce, tomato, and carrots. A huge turn around. This week I've had peppers of all kinds, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, zucchini, spaghetti squash. All the vegetables!

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12/6/12 11:11 P

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I love roasting in olive oil and garlic for root veggies. emoticon

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12/6/12 10:38 P

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Roasted is the bomb....seriously carmelizing that? yum

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12/6/12 9:02 P

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I guess your taste preference is much different than mine, LOL, I don't like my veggies unless they still have some bite to them and I don't like the taste of any of them boiled. Mine are all stir-fried in coconut oil or bacon grease, with herbs of all kinds, garlic, sesame, hot pepper, sea salt, wine, cream, butter, anything to create as many interesting flavors as possible.
Calories don't matter much on paleo and fat makes you feel full. emoticon

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 12/6/2012 (23:10)
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12/6/12 7:22 P

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I've gone naked. I mean, do we really need to disguise the taste of our food with all kinds of sauces and oils? They mask the taste of foods, which we could enjoy anyhow, and they add calories.

I was hooked on those steaming bags of veggies you put in the microwave. They are a little more expensive though. I tried it and it works - buy fresh and put the vegs in a ziplock. Leave the ziplock open slightly to vent. Works well. I love cauliflower and microwaving it in a bag works well. I microwave it longer to make it softer and mushier if I plan to put breakfast on top of it, like 2 eggs over easy.

I like to farm market and buy local when I can - Paleo lends itself to this well. I like to juice my own juice as well. But like I said, I'm going naked, except herbs and spices. We'll see how long I can handle it, or if I get the hang of it and stick with it.


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10/12/12 9:07 P

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I team my veggies around what I get at the farmer's market, what is succintly filling and the like. Okay, tonight we are going to get a Killing Freeze here -- kale, radish, cabbage and chard will survive (and likely some winter squashes) but after tomorrow's market, the fall and late summer crops here in New England will be no more.

I do buy avocados and bananas, neither of which are local.

But anyhow: roasting veggies seems to make them "carry" a more full-body than if you eat them in some other fashion. Portobella mushrooms, eggplants, and artichokes in my experience can contain a full entre position in a given menu here at home, without meat. Artichokes I take and boil/steam whole, while I tend to roast or saute the others listed.

Got rid of the ticker cuz my scale decided to flatter me unduly. I haven't re-gained, just got a better, honest, scale.

Just because you steam it, doesn't mean you can't add herbs and spices. (A gripe at those insipid restaurant "healthy choice" menu selections.)



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10/12/12 3:57 P

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My favorite cooking method for veggies is roasting. Veggies that can be sort of blah when steamed really come to life roasted. I even roast broccoli, cauliflower, and wedges of cabbage! You can swap up the oil---virgin coconut oil and even bacon grease rendered from nitrite-free bacon---can take a recipe to a different level. I like to season cauliflower with salt, pepper, and dried chives and roasting it with coconut oil. So good!

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10/11/12 9:43 A

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I am "officially" starting Paleo on Sunday...have been trying to do research and get myself prepared. But last night my hubby made Spagetti, and all I could think is wow, I wish I had a spagetti squash instead of this pasta! So I guess Im in the right mind set! That pasta was the ONLY thing I had yesterday that wasn't Paleo. Im really getting excited about starting, this will definately help me branch out and find new healthy foods! Thanks everyone for all the advice, I will definately do some experimenting and report back!

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10/11/12 12:00 A

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Go to the library and find a cooking book on veggies!

Seriously, I'd be lost without kale cooked with onion and bacon, red cabbage, love kohlrabi, artichokes OH YUM, jicama, and a host of others.....

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10/10/12 12:35 P

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Bonni,
you can do this. Get some healthy oil like virgin coconut oil, if necessary buy online. You can also use butter or bacon grease to cook in. If you don't find a lot of fresh veggies you may have a better selection if you buy them frozen. If at all possible try to plant a few green veggies in your yard or even in big pots.
Here is a nice little article to get you started:
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All green leafies can be stir-fried for just a few minutes until the leaves look wilted. Cabbages take a little longer then thinner-leafed varieties like mustard greens or spinach. If you add onions or garlic and some sea salt they'll be even healthier and tastier. emoticon
Why don't you experiment a little and report back how it works.

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Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 10/10/2012 (12:38)
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10/10/12 9:58 A

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I know, its very sad...but the only veggies I really know how to cook and know much about are broccoli, asparagus and squash. I love mushrooms but usually forget about them except for maybe in my omlettes. Thanks for some ideas! We have a farmers market but it is tiny...may have to go to the one here in Tulsa one day and see what i can find.


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10/9/12 10:30 P

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Oh, yes, there are mushrooms, too.
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10/9/12 8:54 P

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3?!?!?!?

Good lands the possibilities are too endless. Go explore and be surprised and delightfully so.

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10/9/12 6:32 P

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Cook a spaghetti squash in the microwave - poke a few holes in it - then nuke for 15-20 minutes. Slice open and serve with red sauce, or with butter/parmesan.
Slice zuchini into 4 long ribbons - put in greased pan - brush with olive oil - sprinkle with salt/pepper/basil/parmesan - bake at 425 for 20-30 minutes.
Roast green beans in oven - first toss with oil/salt/pepper and whatver spice you like. Roast at 450 until they start to brown...

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10/9/12 3:38 P

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I agree with going to a farmer's market every week. There are at least 100 different vegetables out there and I suggest you pick two new ones every week and google recipes for them. Most vegetables can be eaten raw (except for potatoes, green beans etc.) so if possible try them raw, stir-fried in coconut oil with garlic, sesame oil, hot pepper sauce, steamed and added to a stew. Over time you will find out what you like best. The best nutrional value in fall in winter comes from various types of winter squash and leafy greens like kale, red cabbage, mustard greensd, collards etc.
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10/9/12 3:38 P

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We joined a CSA a few years ago, so the variety just keeps coming! Right now we're eating salads, delicata squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli and beets. I'll saute beet greens just like you would kale, then throw in some roasted beets, carrots and onions. We also like bok choy or Swiss chard when they're in season. I can't eat cauliflower or cabbage, but the family does. Soon we'll have celery root and turnips, which are also great to roast and mash.

I like this paleo-friendly website when I need inspiration: http://www.chowstalker.com/

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10/9/12 3:15 P

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Leeks, squashes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, eggplant (so those not avoiding night shade plants) are all great this time of the year.
Do you have a local farmer's market. A walk there might spur a number of ideas!

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10/9/12 3:06 P

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My favorite lately is roasted cauliflower with bacon bits, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. If you do dairy, you can add parmesan cheese. Can be made on the grill or in the oven. I also do this with brussels sprouts. Even my DH and son love these.

Can do the similar with broccoli on the stovetop as a light stir-fry, and if you do nuts, can add a few toasted sliced almonds.

Spinach or kale lightly sauteed with some oil, garlic, salt and pepper is delicious.


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10/9/12 2:58 P

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So eating the same 3 veggies over and over is going to get old...so I could use some help with ideas of different veggies/recipes/side dishes... emoticon

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