Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - Anyone have any simple vegee ideas???

01-29-2007, 01:23 PM
and I am asking for SIMPLE! lol...

thing is - I really like the small (2 serving size - which for me is really only 1) cans of del monte vegees I buy at the grocery store. Normally it's:

Green Beans

I like adding them to my lunch so I can get my vegees in and have more "substance" to my lunch - plus I just like vegees! lol

My question is any of you have any good recipe - spices, sauces, condiments, etc...that I can add to any of those so they're not always plain?

For example - my spinach I LOVE with vinegar & a tbsp of low fat feta cheese (1 weight watcher point for the cheese).

But I'm really looking for other EASY ideas - being that I take these with me to WORK and I've only got the microwave here...nothing fancy - just something to add taste to my vegees. Thanks!!

01-29-2007, 06:22 PM
I love "roasting" veggies. I'll put them in a bowl or ziploc bag and spray with a little cooking spray or a teaspoon of oil, and toss to coat. Then I'll add garlic powder and ranch dressing mix (the dry stuff - I buy it in bulk from a spice and seasoning store), toss again and bake at 425 degrees until soft and tender.

My favorite done this way is eggplant, mushrooms, onions, & bell pepper
(eat as a side, toss with pasta, or mash into a dip in the food processor).

Suzanne 3FC
01-30-2007, 01:26 AM
I'm a roaster, too :) Though you usually need to start with fresh veggies, not canned. I toss them with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. I love eggplant, onions, zucchini with balsamic. I toss frozen whole green beans with olive oil, Worcestershire, and black pepper and roast it till it's kind of shriveled. :T

You can roast at home and reheat them in the microwave at work.

01-30-2007, 02:18 AM
Good point, I never even thought to mention canned probably wouldn't work well. Though I have heard that you can roast canned chick peas and other beans like this, even to the point that they get kind of crispy. Have never tried it though.

01-30-2007, 02:26 AM
theres a spanish dish that I do all the time- spinach and chickpeas with a little white balsamic / white wine vinaigrette and crushed garlic, and chilli. yum yum. I think this could be good for you too cause their both canned. :)

Also, lemon juice and fresh herbs are yummo on most veggies!!

01-30-2007, 01:44 PM
I mostly use fresh vegetables, so I don't know much about what to do with canned ones. It would be good for me to start using canned once in a while, so I'm going to watch this thread to get ideas.

I agree with chimi on adding lemon juice as flavoring to most vegetables. Yum! I also like sprinkling dill or mint on carrots, and maybe some slivered almonds on green beans.

I am a veggie roaster, too! I roast a whole pan of them (with olive oil and balsamic vinegar) and take them as a side dish to reheat at work.

What else do you usually have with your canned veggies for lunch?

01-30-2007, 05:17 PM
HEY I thought of another idea- which i totally adore- is salsa. Like your dorito-dippin kind- the fat free stuff is really great- just mix it with your veggies and voila!! Is good cold or warm too. Plus its just more veggies! :carrot:

Another thing I tend to add to veggies is low fat sour cream- not alot just a little goes a long way when I want something creamy!! (which tends to happen alot :lol: )

01-30-2007, 05:25 PM
One of my favorite veggie dishes is green beans in tomato sauce. My grandmother used to make it as a side dish and serve it on mashed potatoes. I use less bacon and serve it on a baked potato as a meal instead of a side dish.

1 or 2 slices of bacon, minced fine
1 medium onion

until onion is soft and bacon is cooked, but not crisp


1 can of tomato sauce with a pinch of sweetener
1 can of tomato paste, a tsp of vinegar, and 1 can of water

simmer until bubbly and flavors have a chance to blend a bit - maybe a few minutes

Add 1 can of french style green beans. Simmer until beans are hot.

Serve over a baked potato.

01-31-2007, 12:08 AM
for fast and lazy... i like to use canned or frozen green beans and put a little bit of balsamic vinegar on them and microwave. I love the flavor combo.

Usually I just sprinkle my veggies with a bit of sea salt to bring out the flavor.