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I am on a roasted veggie kick - a little coconut oil and cajun seasoning and roast at 425 til tender - sweet potato fries, radishes, carrots, parsnips, asparagus, onions...yummy



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I love vegetables such as tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, green beans, anything that could possibly go into salads. I have trouble with corn, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, mustard greens, asparagus.

I really don't like sweet things is the disdain for sweet potatoes if I could get them to a savory stage I could deal with them well enough to eat them I think! I can eat a little bit of corn if its in soup. I don't mind asparagus if its prepared properly and never mind with the mustard greens and brussel sprouts~

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Very cool
I'll try it tomorrow

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I just started to add it to smoothies. I use berries (raspberry or strawberries) spinich, skim milk, and yogurt. Then end up red. So yummy, I was shocked that you do not taste the spinach at all.

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I like the spinach now also, in salad and eggs and I'm going to try it in smoothies, I heard you can't really taste it, it just looks green
I saw in the grocery store bagged spinach and kale, I was excited to see because that's what I planned to try next! We will see how that tastes

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I am on to spinach. Makes a good salad, great in a smoothie, and I tried it in my eggs. Yummy!

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These are some great ideas I'm gonna go to the grocery tomorrow and see what I can find.

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I have been brave and been eating tomatoes , I buy small ones and cut them up and put them in things


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I like snow peas

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Cauliflower! I always avoided it but it turns out I like it perfectly fine. Although broccoli is still my favorite.



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I discovered that I like pickled okra! emoticon


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I have been trying new veggies each week. The most recent that I now LOVE are asparagus and brussel sprouts! I NEVER thought I would be saying that.

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I have tried seaweed, like those sheets of snacks..didn't love them, they were ok. I do prefer my seaweed wrapping my sushi. I have not tried kale chips.

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I tried kale chips. Did not care for them. Eek.


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I love cucumber, broccoli, snow peas, peppers

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Pixie - I tasted the seaweed at Costco - the only thing I've tasted there that I had to spit out! Yuck! Lots of other people liked them, but that went on my do not buy list!

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I bought a box of seaweed snack packs from costco.

Yuck. I guess it's something you love or hate. For me it's hate. Happily I had no problem getting rid of them.

Odd, because I love most vegetables...


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Not a big fan of kale or seeweed, but I have tried asparagus, chop 3-4 spears up in an omlet for breakfest with spinach, onion and mushroom...green eggs! (sometimes I add a slice of 97% FF ham...green eggs and ham; my grand daughter didn't go for it...) I love it!

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I don't know if I could handle seaweed, but I am going to try kale!

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Well, as I said on another post - I've tried seaweed. At least in the form I tried it, it isn't going to show up in my diet!

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I love raw turnips. Small to medium ones washed, peeled, and cut up are a nice change for snacks or packed lunches.

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Okay - here is a veggie that I bet most have not tried - seaweed! So far I have used it in a mornings spinach and fruit shake - great, eaing a piece of plain dried seaweed - good, and in stews and soups - a great seasoning. It is also great to get iodine into your diet for those who have enlarged thyroids.


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I have kale in the fridge - my new veggie - and the sauted with onion sounds great.


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I love reading all of the posts on this thread because it gives me new ideas on either veggies I already eat or ones I am not eating right now. BunnyKicks reminded me of Baba Ganouch. I haven't had it in a long time, but I love it. And I will definitely try BullFlores Brussels sprouts recipe. Joanne, I too want to try the Kale chips recipe, I saw it on Dr. Oz and they really intrigued me.

The newest veggie on my list is Acorn Squash. I love it. I got the recipe from SparkPeople, just roast up the squash and put some brown sugar and butter on them. They taste like candy and my family loves them.

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Kale is new to me and I love it in soups. I tried something new this week, chopping kale up in egg white omelet! It's great!
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I haven't done it yet, but kale chips (which I have tried at a party) are awesome. Here is one recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Kale-Chips/

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Kale would be totally new for me, but I have never fixed it before.

I didn't use to like celery, but it's becoming a favorite. I try to be 'colorful' and add a little of this, a little of that and mix the fruits/veggies up.

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This week I am going to have some asparagus. It's not a new veggie but something we only enjoy in the early spring so I can't wait :) i also tried spaghetti squash for the first time a little while ago and loved it. Definately a better choice than white pasta. We also eat a lot of broccoli, carrots, snap beans, peas, cauliflower, turnip, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, spinach and various types of lettuce (the darker green the better), snap peas and corn. We also occassionaly enjoy brussel sprouts, acorn squash, bok choy and bean sprouts.

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Haven't added many "new" veggies, but I've been trying to be more aggressive about making them for both lunch and dinner.

One thing that was great last week was buying a large container of grape tomatoes (about a quart) and sitting it on the counter near my bowls of fruit. I would grab a handful when I passed through the kitchen. Every couple handfuls was a serving of veg. and helped me avoid things like hollow calorie snacks.


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LOVETOSWIM2, I eat kale often. There are two ways I usually make it. One, I boil it. It's a tough green, so this makes it tender when I'm in a hurry. When I have more time, I'll chop it up with an onion in my food processor, then saute them in a non-stick skillet as a kind of hash. I much prefer this method, but sometimes I'm in too much of a rush.

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I am loving all types of veggies now that we have been juicing.
And it seems to be easier now because i just get some fruit and some veggies throw them in the juicer and there you have it.

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I miss endame. Those of us with under-active thyroids shouldn't consume any soy. Miss those little beans. We can't have raw broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. either. I miss all those raw salads made with them. Sometimes I steam them and add them to a veggie salad.



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Loving my veggies! Precut celery, sweet mini peppers, radishes,cherry tomatoes and baby carrots are my new snacks. Tried brussel sprouts and edamane this week. Plan to try kale this week, but not sure how to prepare it.Any suggestions


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I was brave today and got a smoothie with kale and spinach in it. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was!

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For those trying eggplant, grilled eggplant is pretty good, particularly if you can get your hands on the smaller, thinner Italian or Japanese types. Cut them in half lengthwise, brush olive oil with preferred spices on both the cut and uncut sides. If you are lucky enough to be in a place where you can grill outside right now, grill cut side down first until almost tender, then turn and grill on skin side until charred and very soft. The texture of the flesh will be creamy. If it's cold and snowy where you are - like it is for me - this also works in a broiler.

Note, if you can only get the bigger eggplant, you can still do this, but cut lengthwise into four or six strips rather than in half.

Those trying chard - chard goes very well with lentils, either as a soup or saute.


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I think I am going to try eggplant this weekend any suggestions as to how to prepare it

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I think I am going to try eggplant this weekend any suggestions as to how to prepare it

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I am branching out with eggplant.

I wouldn't say it is my favorite of all veggies, but it is so very versatile, it's really growing on me. Recently I roasted up a couple whole eggplants and turned the cooled/peeled results into dips - baba ganoush (with the sesame tahini) and caponata (with sauteed veg, olives capers and raisins!); both were REALLY tasty. and a couple weeks ago i breaded eggplant slices with egg and panko crumbs, baked and topped with cheese and tomato sauce - instant eggplant parm, such an easy and tasty dinner it was.

so thumbs up to eggplant

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It looks like I'm going to have to give Brussels sprouts a try. I've only ever had them boiled, and I definitely didn't like them that way! I will get some this week and try roasting them.

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I never liked brussel sprouts as a kid either. now i live thrm. Try roasting brussel sprouts in coconut oil. Add a little salt and pepper and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for about 20 minutes then uncover for another 10. They are yummy!!



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the last new veggie dish i made was baked sweet potato fires. yum!


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I have always loved most veggies. I eat a lot on a daily basis. I buy mostly what is in season as it is cheaper. We have a local farmers market that has fresh every weekend come rain or shine. It is not unusual for me to eat more than 6 servings a day. I like veggies in my eggs topped with my own homemade spaghetti sauce. I did not like Brussel sprouts as a child I will have to try them again. I also want to try leeks. The recipe below sounds yummy. I will have to try it.


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I am eating a "newer" recipe I found from Rachael Ray which includes a kale or other type of leafy green like collard greens, etc which I cook together with a little ham, S&P, pinch of nutmeg, balsamic vinegar, and a little honey. I love it and my family really likes it too!

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I am learning to like kale, broccoli, and soybeans.



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Nothing new..................red and green bell peppers, shredded lettuce in the bags (I had never noticed them in the grocery store, so see something good is happening), green beans, steamed peas and corn, baked sweet potatoes with "I can't believe it is not butter" and a pinch of brown sugar, carrots, cauliflower etc.

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We usually eat a lot of veggies but I have started to do more ethan broc, zucchini and cauliflower. We are eating spegehtti squash now and I think I am going to try chard next week.


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Well, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers (I know, technically not a veggie), bell peppers, spinach. Pretty dull. I can't stand green beans. I like peas, lima beans and corn. Can't quite make myself do brussel sprouts.

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Because Brussles sprouts are my favorite we eat those quite often. I just steam them until they're barely tender, then I cut them in half and put a little Earth Balance organic vegan "butter" on them. I make a huge batch so I can munch on them later. I love the flavor once they're cold, no butter needed!

I keep in the fridge a bag of clean and chopped veggies, usually cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, cucumbers & grape tomatoes. That way when I feel like munching I can grab a hand full of veggies. If I have a serious desire to eat something I can toss a handful in a bowl and put tablespoon of Newman's Own Light Ginger Sesame dressing or just vinegar and oil.

I like the ideas below, I'm going to give them a try.

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3/6/13 11:12 A

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For me this week, it's lots of salad - field greens, romaine, and spinach. I already eat a lot of freggies, but I discovered Mango on our recent vacation - I couldn't believe how good it was!


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I'm still stuck with the old standby, carrots, broccoli and squash.
After reading your adventure down the produce isle, I'll look with a keener eye.





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We only ever eat FRESH veggies (not frozen or canned) Broccoli's a favorite of ours and we recently switched to organic broccoli becaue of the taste. It's naturally a little sweeter tasting and so much fresher than what the regular grocery stores have to offer. One of my favorites has always been tomatoes and lately I've been buying heirloom varieties to mix it up a bit. They taste great with some fresh basil on them, salt & pepper and a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

One of the easiest and my most favorite ways to get lots of veggies is to make a salad with what's in the fridge. Tonight I'm going to have a red leaf lettuce, avocado, tomatoe, cucumber, red peppers, sweet onions (the ones from Peru or Chile are fantastic and not bitter). I'll add some leftover roasted chicken breast to it and dress it with my own oil & vinegar. I use a little stevia to balance the acidity of the vinegar. Instead of croutons, I crumble half a serving of dill triscuits on the top. Very yummy!

Ideas for salads:

1. grilled asparagus, cut in pieces; red or black grapes, halved; fresh spinach, thinly sliced onions, my oil & vinegar dressing and salt & pepper; topped with a few thin shavings of fresh parmesan cheese. You can make this for yourself or for a crowd and it will disappear quickly!

2. steamed fresh greenbeans, fresh blueberries, sliced onion. Season with lots of dill, salt & Pepper, oil & vinegar dressing. Especially good if it can sit for about an hour before you serve it. If you have never had grilled asparagus (with light coating of olive oil), you're in for a treat. Grilling brings out the natural sweetness of the asparagus.





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Since Week Two seems to be focusing on getting our vegetables in, I thought I'd see what everyone else is eating.

In my family (me, my husband, and our three teens), our go to fresh veggies have always been broccoli, zucchini, and yellow squash. I've recently started adding fresh spinach to almost everything. I also like to chop up kale with some onion and cook it like a hash.

My favorite right now is leeks and asparagus. I chop up the leeks and wash them well, then saute them until they are almost tender. Then I throw in the fresh asparagus (cut into 2 inch pieces). Once they turn bright, I throw in a couple of shakes of Butter Buds. They are so delicious!

So what are all of you eating for veggies?

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