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I had to change how I cooked and ate to maintain my weight loss. Gone are the casseroles and mushroom soup sauces and cheese sauces that drowned my vegetable dishes. I added variety too! No more boring mashed potatoes and gravy and peas!

Try a cubing a white potato, a yam, a carrot, a slice of turnip, chop up some peppers and onion and my SECRET ingredient, chopped apple or pear. The sweetness is so unexpected and good. Serve a variety every night, change the veggie, change the spice. Microwave, roast in oven or cook on BBQ.
- Submitted by SHEILAS6 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 16 Comments
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CHOCOHOLICLADY 7/27/2010 6:07:00 PM

    Sounds good! I also love adding chopped apples to my home-made tuna salad.
AWITCIK 4/13/2010 6:27:00 PM

    I definately have changed the way I cook and the types of dinners that I make. But, there are some very nutritious and delicious casserole recipes out there. There is something so comforting about casseroles!
TRANSFORMWE 11/9/2010 1:25:00 PM

    Reminds me of my Grandma's Thanksgiving staple dish - Carrots & Turnips (really rutabga). She boiled them and mashed together with lots of butter. I'm going to roast them this year for flavor without the fat.

Also --stir-fry fresh or frozen butternut squash cubes with a handful of fresh cranberries and just a tiny bit of olive oil- YUM!
JMAC23 9/20/2010 3:47:00 PM

    Instead of sauteeing onions and peppers, carmelize them i.e. cook them without any oil or butter and just make sure to stir often so they don't stick to the pan. MUCH healthier and still tastes great.
MRSHD0223 8/11/2010 3:31:00 AM

    Cooked yam cubes with apple slices and dried cranberries with a touch of cinnamon and brown sugar is amazing as well, one of my favs.
CEPEARL 4/26/2010 12:16:00 PM

    I will start adding an apple to my salads..
NORASPAT 4/17/2010 10:20:00 AM

    Apples Onions And Cabbage-learned that years ago from Laura Ingalls Wilder's book Little House on the Prairie.
They had it with sausages-Lucky them.
Rutabagus onion and carrots have become our mashed potatoes. We do microwave baked white and sweet potatoes some times.
THEROBOTLADY 6/11/2011 2:20:00 AM

    A fresh lemon squeeze is an excellent flavor enhancer for just about any vegetable. emoticon
AKELAZ 5/28/2011 12:02:00 AM

    Excellent idea - love veggies and love your detailed ideas. Thank you - not only for sharing but for making me think about interesting ways to cook them. Apple or pear - sounds yummy!
CHEF_BEA 5/13/2011 7:15:00 PM

    When ever possible, all I do is lightly steam my veggies.
MOTTAMAMALOU 9/24/2010 3:13:00 PM

    all the little hints sound deelish and i will try them. as for sauteing veggies i don't see any harm in adding a little water or no calorie vegetable butter spray and mrs. dash.
TXGAL2007 7/1/2010 12:39:00 PM

    Great idea..I have found that roasting my veggies no matter what veggi it is...taste so much better and still has a little bite to them.
MZSUMTHING 6/20/2010 8:17:00 AM

    I was never an apple fan. I recently started slicing apples in my salad on advice of a friend. I have to admit, it delicious.
MYOWNHERO 4/10/2010 1:55:00 PM

    yum that sounds delicious!
STARLIGHT615 4/1/2010 5:04:00 PM

    Never thought about adding an apple or pear to the veggies. might have to try that!!
KRISTYLC8878 3/25/2010 2:54:00 PM

    the same veggies get boring, u need 2 mix it up

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