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07-09-2007, 02:58 PM
I'm really trying, honest. I'm not a salad person - I've eaten more salads in the past 2 days than I have in MY LIFE.
Today I tried adding spinach to my lettuce.

I don't think I can keep this up - I don't enjoy salads - with out all the goodies I shouldn't add anyways.

Anyone out there in the same boat? If so - how do you get your veggies in - with out drinking them all (V8) ?

07-09-2007, 03:13 PM
do you like tomatoes ? I like cutting them up, sometimes I will add a cucumber and red onion, and add a FF Italian dressing to them -- or I will make some cole slaw - there is a dressing that is called Hendrick's that I use - which is a tasty for me to get my veggies in -- heck sometimes I just grab a carrot - LOL

Repo girl
07-09-2007, 03:15 PM
Cucumbers sprinkled with lime juice and salt, sliced tomatoes with lemon juice and salt or RF miracle whip, steamed broccoli, steamed cauliflower mashed with salt and pepper, FF cream cheese or FF half and half, cooked spinach or beet greens with butter spray and vinegar, zuchinni and yellow squash, spray with butter spray, sprinkle with garlic powder and grill, or slice and saute in butter spray with onions and cherry tomatoes, sprinkled with parmesean cheese......the list is endless.

07-09-2007, 03:18 PM
Katie is a lot more creative than I am - LOL ;)

07-09-2007, 03:26 PM
Hi Snowdogs,

I donít enjoy salad, and I do not crave veggies or fruit. I must make an effort to eat enough of them. I do love V8 but am trying to eat whole foods for now.

1. Heat up frozen veggies like broccoli or stir fry mix (careful of ingredients in the mixes); make sure you read the label and they donít have salt added. Top with one of the Mrs. Dash blends.
2. Eat raw snow peas. They satisfy my craving for crunch and are strangely fresh and sweet tasting.
3. Grill veggies like sliced peppers or zucchini with a spray of PAM in a skillet and heat them to the desired texture. This adds more flavor than steaming, but I know it is not what LA recommends. You can spray it with I canít believe itís not butter spray.
4. In the summer, slice garden fresh tomatoes into a skillet with fresh basil and a sprinkling of low fat mozzarella heated just until the cheese melts.

Like I said this is a struggle for me, but I am able to do it!

07-09-2007, 03:37 PM
I LOVE salad--if someone else makes it! Otherwise getting in the veggies (without V-8) is tough for me. I have found that grilling is my favorite so I just throw a bunch of zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus, onion in the grilling basket then i have enough for a few days. Not much help so I hope someone out there post some really great ideas. I canNOT do steamed.

07-09-2007, 03:39 PM
Snowdogs, I totally understand! I use baby carrots for a snack dipped in FF ranch, or celery with PB and raisins for a snack too, to get one out of the way.

Thanks for the suggestions, Katie!

07-09-2007, 03:40 PM
OMG - We are not salad people either, but dh and I eat a LOT of veggies! Yellow squash or zuchinni sauteed in olive oil with fresh garlic.
Fresh tomatoes, red onion, sliced cucumbers in vinegar with splenda or in lite italian, or in olive oil and balsamic vinegar... or just lt. salt and pepper.
Cabbage sauteed in olive oil with red pepper flakes.
Cabbage steamed with onions and ICBINB spray.
Green peppers and onions on almost anything - including our omelettes (SP?)
Sauteed brocolli and peppers and onions in omelettes.
Stuffed peppers with turkey italian sausage/onions/peppers/tomato sc.
We eat all sorts of greens either sauteed or boiled with a smoked turkey leg for that "southern" taste.
Veggie lasagne.
I add veggies to my spaghetti sauce.
Spaghetti squash instead of noodles.
Acorn squash baked or steamed....
Take a look around the recipe section and be adventurous! You'll be surprised what you might like. Your taste will change as you get used to a healthier lifestyle!

slim n trim
07-09-2007, 04:06 PM
I could eat salad everyday if someone else made it for me. Even though I have to make it, I still eat salad almost every day.

I do a lot of the same things that have been mentioned here. Plus a few others:

mix together carrots, onions, zucchinni, asparagus - whatever with a little olive oil, and roast them in the oven or on the bbq, and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.

chop up cabbage, mix with chinese noodles (the soup like ichiban) throw in green onion, and slivered almonds. Dressing is some oil, the soup seasoning, and soysauce. Top with chicken or shrimp if you like. This is my kids favourite, and its really good one day as a salad, and warm up the next day like a chow mein.

The other thing I do is a stir fry chow mein with cabbage, and any veggie in the fridge, and left over meat. Its a great way to use up leftovers.

I also love toasted veggie sandwiches - tomatoes, cucumber, sprouts, and mayo on whole grain toasted bread.

I have no trouble getting my veggies in at all .

Hope some of these ideas help you.

07-09-2007, 04:23 PM
Hi All,
First off, be careful and do not eat carrots every day. They are high in sugar.
Here are additional ideas -
Grilled or baked asparagus - put stalks on aluminum foil and spray with PAM and add no salt seasoning. Grill or bake for 10-15 minutes.

Strawberry rhubarb sauce- take 1/2 cup of rhubarb and put it in a microwave safe dish and sprinkle a little water on the rhubarb. Then add just 1 tsp of ff, sf, dry strawberry jello powder and microwave for 4 minutes at medium power or until the rhubarb is mushy. Delish - I just finished eating it now. I purchased 2 bunches of rhubarb at the farmers' market Saturday and I will cut it into small pieces and freeze it for future use.

I also bought snow peas and sugar snap peas at the farmers' market.

I like raw cabbage - it is crunchy and filling.

I try to eat most of my veggies raw.

07-09-2007, 05:02 PM
I have been there and done that. i was never a salad person but once you learn to add in other veggies to it , like grape tomatoes and peppers they add up.

We also have adopted making stir fry now. we get it Aldis its just a bunch of mixed veggies-broc, pea pods, water chestnuts , carrots etc. and mix that up with some shrimp or grilled chicken breast. It is our favorite meal now!

Its something that i got really used to after a couple weeks, now I think nothing of it.
I think it helps me getting all the veggies in with the stir fry thats 2 servings for me in and then 2 to do go. eat 4 little tomatoes and there is another veggie right there!

07-09-2007, 05:04 PM
I eat broccoli-slaw (comes cut up in a bag) and then use ff mayo and a small sprinkle of Splenda.. voila! Coleslaw ala LAWL.

07-09-2007, 05:27 PM
In that it's summer, I'm lovin' grilling veggies on my outside grill. One of my favorite things is grilled eggplant. I often stuff a whole wheat pita w/ grilled eggplant and about 1/2 oz. of sharp cheddar (yes, the full-fat version--it's only about 55 calories). It's delicious!

Also, just for the heck of it, I decided to try grilling whole carrots. I sprayed them with cooking spray and grilled them for about 10-15 minutes. They were terrific!

I do like salad, but sometimes I'm just too lazy to make it. When I'm not in the mood, I might eat some other veggies raw: Cucumbers w/ hummus, grape tomatoes & red onion w/ feta cheese & a vinagrette, etc.

Repo girl
07-09-2007, 06:15 PM
Pearl- Yum, I love fried cabage.

Veggie pizza on an english muffin or pita is a good option. I also love to saute onions and mushrooms together to serve with burgers or steaks....or chicken.

07-09-2007, 06:20 PM
I got my family to eat cauliflower by roasting it. Just break it up into large florets, toss with a tiny bit of oil, some salt and garlic or sliced onions, spread it out on a baking sheet and pop into the oven at 425 until lightly browned on the edges. It's delicious- doesn't taste remotely like cauliflower. You can also do this on the grill.

I also make pickles out of cucmbers- slice them thinly, toss with thinly sliced onions, a little vinegar, a little salt and a pinch of sugar. Let them sit for about an hour before serving.

07-09-2007, 07:51 PM
I loathe and despise salads. I've tried - really I have - but I end up chugging a V8 more often than I would like. It just doesn't fill me up. I've grown tired of zucchini and squash. Pretty much the only veggies I enjoy these days are mushrooms.

I've been in a really dirty blue funk over food the past few days - nothing appeals to me. I'm tired of eating the same things over and over. I am a person who LOVES to cook - I wanted to be a chef, but there's not much of a market for that where we live - and I'm miserable not being able to cook the things I love cooking: cool sauces, yummy casseroles, etc. I was in the middle of writing a cookbook when I started LAWL, but had to put it on hold until I've lost the weight. This is just really hard for me! I know that my love of rich foods is what put me in this overweight state, but I've been really struggling with it the past few days!

07-09-2007, 08:32 PM
Yellow and Red peppers sliced, I don't even dip them into anything.

If you want more of a snackey type veggie, 1/2 cup of grape tomatoes is one veggie. I figured that out by using them to make puree, and a cup of grape tomatoes yielded roughly 1/2 cup of puree which is two veggies. Thus I can enjoy my grape tomatoes, and COD laughs at my anal rententiveness. :dizzy:

07-10-2007, 02:20 PM
We also love roasted veggies! I throw sliced zuchinni or green beans or asparagus, onions, garden onions, leeks, any combination of the above or whatever I have on hand in a gallon size ziplock and add a little EVOO. Then I spread them out on a sheet pan and sprinkle garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. Roast in oven or on grill. YUM!
We aren't soup eaters in the summer, but I make a LOT of veggie soups in the winter.
Another idea is to make them less noticable by pureeing them for spaghetti type sauces.
Hope you get some ideas you can use!
Felicia - I totally understand where you are coming from! I'm a "country cook", everything homemade, gravies, sauces, breads, biscuits... I decided that if I was going to take on a new healthier lifestyle, I was going to have to learn to cook healthier too. So my goal has been to redo a lot of my recipes or replace them with healthier alternatives. I now make WW biscotti in several flavors. I make WW bread and rolls. Instead of gravies, I try and enjoy the "natural" flavors of the food and add spice and herbs out of my herb garden. I'm sure with your love of cooking, you'll snap out of the funk and rediscover your talents in a new and very exciting way! :cheers:

07-10-2007, 06:16 PM
Thanks, Pearl. I'm trying to do better and to be creative with what I can eat. I know that I'm limiting myself - the food isn't!

07-10-2007, 08:29 PM
My 'go to' veggies are:


Broccoli & Cauliflower, sometimes carrots
Very occasionally spaghetti squash (I should do this one more often)


Cucumbers, celery, carrots, orange peppers, grape-tomatoes, tomatoes, V8

Not a huge selection, but it gets me through.

Felicia -- Do you like toasted tomato sandwiches? If you use the double fibre bread you can have one for breakfast and another for lunch and get 2 veggies that way.

My very simplest soup is about 2 roma tomatoes, 1/2 roasted red pepper and 2 oz of LF old cheddar. Smash it all up in the blender with onion powder, a little garlic and then just heat and serve. Yummy. I'd call it 2 Veg and a dairy.

07-10-2007, 09:15 PM
I LOVE salad and veggies but often get bored with the same old routine. When this happens I try to switch things dinner I prepare is ground turkey seasoned with cumin, garlic and a tiny bit of chili powder (similar to taco seasoning) I add onion, no salt diced tomatoes and green chile's. I make a taco type ground meat dish and then serve it up in a bowl with fresh tomato, cilantro and a dash of light SC. Not only does it really help get my veggies in but I feel full and I conquer that "mexican" craving.

For a quick and easy fix, put laughing cow lite cheese on celery stalks. If you use the French Onion flavor you can hardly taste the celery :rofl:

Repo girl
07-11-2007, 09:22 AM
Okay, I know that this is anti salad thread, but this one is so yummy and different, every time I take this anywhere people ask for the recipe. You may like it!


exchanges per serving-1 Vegetable, 1 Fruit, 1 Fat

8 oz spinach leaves
1 c. sliced fresh strawberries
1 kiwi, sliced
1 T. slivered almonds

1 T. sugar-free raspberry preserves
1 T. olive oil
1 T. rice vinegar

Combine salad ingredients in large bowl.
for dressing, combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl; whisk vigorously
Toss dressing with salad.

07-11-2007, 09:52 AM
Katie - I used to make a similar salad but with mandarin oranges instead of kiwis and chopped walnuts instead of almonds. Can we have either of those things on LAWL?

Repo girl
07-11-2007, 10:12 AM
Yes, both. I believe that 1/2 c of mandarin oranges is is fruit and 1 T of chopped walnuts is a fat.

07-11-2007, 10:45 AM
i like to take a piece of double fiber bread, toast it a bit, then put a thin layer of honey mustard on it, top it with tomato slices, sprinkle garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne powder on it, and top with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese and put under the brolier. it's the best!

07-11-2007, 09:28 PM
I like Romaine lettuce and that is about it, so I am having trouble too. I eat a Large bowl every day (3 cups) of lettuce with fat free or lite Ranch dressing. I can tolerate 6 baby carrots dipped in the dressing and a bit of onion. Needless to say, I am tired of this big bowl of lettuce EVERY DAY! One thing that has helped me is to use one of my fruit servings and add 2 TBS. of raisins to my lettuce. I have never eaten vegetables until now and don't even know what most of them ARE on the list in my Gold Menu. :(