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6/6/10 3:46 P

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Thanks SO much for your suggestions, everyone! I love my green veggies too, but I like to spice things up as often as possible to keep my taste buds happy. I'll definitely use some of these ideas in the kitchen =)

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6/5/10 4:49 P

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Oh, how I envy all of you !! I LOVE green veggies and am SO LIMITED now because I'm on massive amounts of blood thinners, but I'm saving all of your suggestions for when they are back on my menus. Thanks.

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6/4/10 6:28 A

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My favorites:

Garlicy lemony broccoli - Take as much broccoli as you'd like, and cut apart as small or large as you like. I prefer larger chunks, personally, so I don't cut them down a ton. Put in a bowl or bag or something, and drizzle the TINIEST bit of olive oil on it. Just a teeeeency bit! Even better if you have spray olive oil. Chop up the garlic and put it in with the broccoli and oil in your bag or bowl, and mix it all together. You REALLY don't need a ton of olive oil.. I mean, of course it's better with a lot. But that's not healthy. So don't go there. Just a little and it'll still be awesome. Anyway, stick it all on a cookie sheet in the oven at 400 degrees or so, and cook until you see the edges of the broccoli browning. When it's all done, squeeze as much lemon juice as you want on top. It's soooo good, I can seriously eat a massive bowl of lemony garlicy broccoli for dinner. And since it's broccoli, it's filling! And soooo delicious. I'm starving now, just thinking about it.

Steamed veggies - I like to dip mine in hot sauce; particularly Frank's Red Hot sauce. Really good if you just want something simple to go with potatoes or something.

Grilled veggies - Whip out the BBQ and put on some broccolini or asparagus. I do this every time we bbq now, and it's really good. Especially the asparagus! It gives it an awesome smokey flavor so you don't need to put anything else on it, it just tastes amazing.

Kale with garlic tahini - Literally just take some kale, chop it up a bit, and toss in a teaspoon or so of garlic tahini. Mix it up until the kale is evenly covered with the dressing, and chow down.

And lastly, any vegetable smothered in olive oil will be awesome. Like I said before though, it's really not THAT good for you. People act like it's amazing because it's a "good" fat and whatnot, but if you think about it, it's still a fat. There are good fats in lots of things, so unless you're just simply replacing butter with olive oil, then it's really not doing you much good. Don't add it if it's not necessary. And if it IS necessary, use it sparingly!

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6/1/10 1:49 A

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Awww i like them plain too...maybe a bit of salt but no butter...blahhh...my parents always smother their veggies in a whole stick of butter...No wonder why they are 300+...grrrrrr

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5/31/10 10:45 P

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I steam them and when they are done, I drizzle extra virgin olive oil on top and sprinkle with Cajun spice salt.

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5/31/10 10:42 P

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I eat a lot of my veggies plain. I have always disliked butter, but for salad type things I use Strawberry Balsamic dressing. It has no fat and is 35 calories for 2 tablespoons - and a little goes a long way :)





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5/31/10 10:34 P

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i love garlic so alot of the time I sauteed mine with garlic and olive oil. I too love veggies so not much has to be done.

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5/31/10 9:17 A

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Nothing! I love my veggies plain.

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Any type of seasoning.

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5/29/10 9:09 A

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I love green veggies! It doesn't take much for me to eat them. basically, they have to be in front of me! But, I discovered a low cal, high fat, Italian dressing that I love. (45 calories per 2 TBSP, 40 cals from fat... but from EVOO and fish oils--so good for you fats! Ken's Steakhouse Healthy Options, if you're interested)... and I drizzle that on just about everything. I like it on green beans, asparagus, salads...

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5/29/10 2:20 A

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i love roasting veggies in the oven. I never had kale before in my life till about two months ago. My friend made kale chips with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, S&P.

DELICIOUS!!



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lightly steamed snow peas or asparagus drizzled with fresh lemon and seasoned with cracked black pepper = YUMMALICIOUS!!! (and yes! so yum it causes me to make up words! lol)

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5/28/10 8:58 P

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I really like vegetables, especially green ones so not much. It really depends on the specific vegetable. I add garlic, ginger, peppers, vinegar, olive oil etc.. not all at once but depending on what I am making.

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I like them with just a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, too sometimes.

I steam mine a lot. I also use low sodium or no sodium Garlic pepper on them.



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I love vegetables, so I don't have to really do much to make me eat them or make them taste better. try seasoning them or using a dip or dressing on them.

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Let's face it. In the nutritional world, green vegetables (especially leafy ones) are king. They're full of fiber, and are generally also filled with calcium, iron, and vitamins A, C and K.

I'm wondering what my fellow Done Girls do to make them taste great! I need to eat a lot more of them, and this will encourage me!

I'll share a few of my own little tasty secrets...

Cooked salmon (sprinkled with minced garlic & dill) + Kale that has been sauteed with olive oil or sesame oil, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, soy sauce/tamari/liquid aminos, and a dash of rice vinegar. Yummy!

Bok Choy tastes FANTASTIC in a stir-fry! (Which can be made with myriad veggies, like onions, peppers, carrots, garlic, etc. Use soy sauce/liquid aminos + sesame oil + rice vinegar for the sauce!)

Sauteed spinach + onion + egg whites + feta cheese, topped with fresh chopped tomatoes = Best breakfast EVER!

And here's a recipe from June's issue of Oxygen. I hope they don't mind - I just HAVE to share it here. It's AMAZING.

Swiss Chard & Parsnip Soup

1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 medium parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced
4 cups veggie broth
1 bunch Swiss chard, rinsed, stems trimmed and chopped
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup milk
sea salt & pepper, to taste

1. In a large pan or soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.

2. Saute onions for 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes.

3. Add parsnips and saute for 5 minutes until slightly browned. Add broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for 25 minutes.

4. Add Swiss chard and let wilt, about 2 minutes. Add vinegar, milk, salt, pepper.

5. Using an immersion blender (or a regular blender in batches), puree until smooth. Serve & enjoy!

(I'm telling you, you will be SHOCKED at how amazing this soup tastes. Make it!)

I hope some of you give these recipes a try. Let me know what you think, and please share your own :D

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