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Monkeybabies
01-09-2007, 07:50 PM
As like most of you, I am upping my vegetable intake. I think it would help me out if I heard how some of you prepare their veggies. For example, I have never had a brussel sprout. Wouldn't even know how to prepare them.

I'll start....I love green beans...I cook them in boiling water for about 5 minutes, blanch them with cold water, then saute some garlic and oil and put the beans in the pan. Saute until slightly browned. YUMMY!


Chestnutlass
01-09-2007, 07:53 PM
I recently discovered squash! It is so tasty and can add a really creamy texture. I actually use pureed squash in my Mac and cheese to cut down on the fat!

Mary

mandalinn82
01-09-2007, 07:58 PM
monkiebabies - if you want to take those green beans up a notch, add the zest of a lemon just before the green beans are done and cook for just a minute or so more.


melsfolly
01-09-2007, 08:10 PM
I only have a limited number of vegetables that I cook - I don't know if I'm just lazy or if I really do like raw veggies best! :) But I make Zucchini Sticks every once in a while for something different (feel free to interpret this as "when I feel that I've already had too many starchy vegetable servings that week!").

1 Zucchini
1 egg white
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
chili powder (to taste)
3 T Italian bread crumbs
1 T parmesan cheese

Beat egg white, salt, pepper & chili powder.
Dip zucchini sticks into egg white mixture.
Put the bread crumbs in a baggie and drop the zucchini in a few at a time - shake, shake, shake.
Spray cookie sheet with Pam & put sticks on it in a single layer.
Spray Pam lightly on top of the sticks.
Bake @ 400 for 20 minutes, then broil a few more minutes (to get them crunchy)
Sprinkle on the parmesan cheese.

rockinrobin
01-09-2007, 08:12 PM
Brussel sprouts are one of my favorites. But my very favorite is cauliflower. It has a mere 14 calories for 1/2 cup, I probably eat about 2 cups of it at a time. Like for lunch today. I put it in a pot, with about and inch and a half of water to which I've added about 2 tsps of powdered consome', bring to a boil, then simmer for about 12 mins til it's fairly soft, not mushy (yuck). That's how I cook the brussel sprouts as well, right there in the same pot. And sometimes during the last minute of cooking I throw in some sugar snap peas. Then I've got me a big ol' bowl of yummy veggies.

CLCSC145
01-09-2007, 08:19 PM
I love sweet potatoes. I buy the smallest ones I can find and bake in the oven whole. I'll do a few at a time and keep them in the fridge for dinner for a few nights. I eat them plain. They are so sweet and tasty! They are super nutritious too. Huge amounts of vitamin A.

Sweet potato nutrition info (http://http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=64)

melissalaurel
01-09-2007, 09:19 PM
I steam brussel sprouts in my microwave or I buy the frozen ones and cook them again in the microwave. Cauliflower is great but it really give me gas. *blush*

I love pretty much every veggie too. I hated them all growin up but now I love them. My mother was always a big veggie eater so I had a good role model even though I don't ever remember touching them as a child/teen.

KnitALisa
01-09-2007, 09:23 PM
I've started adding shredded zucchini to some dishes, and it's great!! Bulks up the food so I feel fuller and is really low in calories.

I also LOVE spaghetti squash and eggplant. Can't get enough of 'em. The best part about the squash is I used to be such a pasta freak. I have 0 self-restraint when it comes to pasta. The squash is the perfect substitute!!

Sheila53
01-09-2007, 09:37 PM
You might try roasting your vegetables. My DH, who would never eat a brussel sprout before, loves them roasted. I also roast cauliflower and broccoli. I like them steamed, too, but if you're a novice veggie eater, you might want to start out with roasting.

nelie
01-09-2007, 10:02 PM
I love brussel sprouts! They are good braised, steamed, roasted or other ways. I like roasting veggies in the oven but I'm usually pretty lazy. I buy frozen veggies these days, cover them with a wet paper towel and microwave them. This steams them. With fresh veggies, I usually braise them in water or steam them.

okiechick
01-09-2007, 10:11 PM
I'll start....I love green beans...I cook them in boiling water for about 5 minutes, blanch them with cold water, then saute some garlic and oil and put the beans in the pan. Saute until slightly browned. YUMMY!


:hun: yummy...when is dinner? I will be right over

okiechick
01-09-2007, 10:20 PM
Brussel sprouts are one of my favorites. But my very favorite is cauliflower. It has a mere 14 calories for 1/2 cup, I probably eat about 2 cups of it at a time. Like for lunch today. I put it in a pot, with about and inch and a half of water to which I've added about 2 tsps of powdered consome', bring to a boil, then simmer for about 12 mins til it's fairly soft, not mushy (yuck).

Sorry I haven't figured out the multiple quote in one post yet (actually JUST figure out the quote thing)
Anyway, if your cauliflower gets mushy, drain and whip (like mashed potatoes) and spray on some butter spray. I haven't been able to fool my son into thinking they are mashed potatoes, but they do the trick when I am craving them.

As for the brussel sprouts. You can have my share! I will forever be three years old when it comes to those things. EWWWWWWWWWWWW! ;)

RebaR
01-09-2007, 10:29 PM
ahhh...veggies.... sometimes I crave them and other times I have to make myself eat them.... One thing I like to do is make a pot of soup that is just veggies...I like to do this especially when it's chilly... not that it ever gets or stay very cold here in Alabama;) Here's one thing I do

Skinny Soup


1 large can tomato juice
2 large onions
1 head green cabbage - cut into bite size pieces
4 stalks of celery - cut into bite size pieces
2 cups baby carrots - cut into bite size pieces
2 cans green beans - drained
1 can petite diced tomatoes
Pepper, parsley, oregano, and basil to taste
1 can of corn, drained (optional)

Combine spices, cabbage, carrots, and tomatoe juice in large pot. Add water until all veggies are submerged Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1 hour. Add green beans, tomatoes and onion. (I add the corn too) Simmer for 30 minutes. Each 1 cup of soup is 2 Veggie servings a a little bread if you add the corn (starchy veg). My big ol' pot makes about 12 cups of soup

yummy! Once made, I have a good quick lunch for several days!!!

Reba

wchs2007
01-09-2007, 11:44 PM
I love to take fresh Squash and cut it up like you are going to fry it.
( add salt, pepper.. ) Sometime I would use that spray butter no fat no calorie stuff...
Put it on baking sheets and cook it for I GUESS 15 to 20 minutes..
Its really good and low calorie..

GirlyGirlSebas
01-10-2007, 07:51 AM
I love he roasted veggies! Squash and onions taste so sweet when roasted.

barbygirl43
01-10-2007, 10:50 AM
I've been cutting up a yellow squash and microwaving it for a couple of minutes. (It's like steaming them.) Then I add a packet of splenda to sweeten it up. :)

Chestnutlass
01-10-2007, 11:05 AM
On the veggie front. Has anyone tried the new "microwave" bags from birds eye? THEY ARE AMAZING! Pop bag out of freezer directly into microwave and instant perfectly steamed veggies!!! WOW!

Mari

Mrs Quadcrew
01-10-2007, 11:47 AM
Once a week I take a whole mess of veggies (squash, carrots, celery, red onion, green beans, what ever I am in the mood to put in it) and I toss them in a huge bowl with a couple of shakes of olive oil and balsamic vinegar - then I spread them out on a PAM sprayed baking sheet and roast them at 450 for about 30 minutes. It carmelizes the vegies and makes a wonderful filling for pita sandwiches. I keep them in a ziploc bad in the frig so they are easy to grab. Add a bit of cheese and YUMMM....

Casey4
01-10-2007, 02:10 PM
and have loving Kale. I wash it well in a large bowl of cool water, then drain. Next I sauteed garlic in a T of olive oil, cover it and heat until wilted. I take it out of the pan and cook 3 slices of canadian bacon. Cut that up and cut five grape tomatos. I add everything back to the pan and heat for 2-3 minutes. Finally a toss with a bit of LF Jarlsberg cheese. It is a delicious low calorie warm lunch. It was very filling.

SuchAPrettyFace
01-10-2007, 06:34 PM
When I didn't get to the fresh spinach in time to make salads, I saute a bit of sliced up fresh garlic in olive oil, then add the spinach to the pan, a little at a time. It makes a very good side dish.

Monkeybabies
01-10-2007, 07:41 PM
oooooooohhhh..there are some super ideas here! Thanks for sharing everyone!

WindyCityChick
01-10-2007, 07:41 PM
Dunno if this counts as a preparation, but I love Trader Joe's frozen veggie combos - I regularly buy an asian combination which has sugar snap peas, green beans, broccoli, water chestnuts, carrots, baby corn, red peppers and mushrooms and just stir fry them with tofu or chicken. It has all the veggies I love right there in one bag, which makes me very happy. Easy and delicious.

Casey4
01-10-2007, 09:13 PM
I roasted zuccinni, yellow squash, red pepper, a couple of baby carrots and for the last ten minutes a few grape tomatos. Served with it up with salmon and it was deeeelicious!

Ivanna B. Skinny
01-11-2007, 09:55 AM
Im vegetable-y challenged...I have very few that I like, a few that I'll tolerate if I have to, but mostly, Im like a kid who refuses to try anything new. Its sad really, I know Im missing out on tons of healthy and delicous stuff. Some of your alls ideas sound really good though, like roasting them in the oven. I might try that.....

Mrs Quadcrew
01-11-2007, 09:58 AM
Amy - the roasting them in the oven really does make them wonderful! It brings out all the natural sugars in them, and they carmelize......I have a mess of them I am going to cook today. We go through them like crazy here! You can use different cheeses too - cheddar, parmesion, what ever kind you like!

zoritsa
01-11-2007, 11:14 AM
As like most of you, I am upping my vegetable intake. I think it would help me out if I heard how some of you prepare their veggies. For example, I have never had a brussel sprout. Wouldn't even know how to prepare them.

I'll start....I love green beans...I cook them in boiling water for about 5 minutes, blanch them with cold water, then saute some garlic and oil and put the beans in the pan. Saute until slightly browned. YUMMY!

Brussel sprouts cooked the same way are wonderful!!! A friend of mine just turned me on to that.