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JBrink
10-17-2012, 02:31 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm new to the forum, as well as MRC (I'm in week 2 of my 6 week program).

I did really well the first week and lost 5.5 lbs...but I've run into a little problem.

Actually, it's the same problem I always have. I can't STAND vegetables.

Seriously, out of all the veggies listed on the "over 200" menu, I like 2 of them.

I'm not sure if I can take another month (tbh - much longer) of cucumbers and green beans.

Now, I'm not opposed to trying different vegetables at this point. So far I've tried kale :blah: and snow peas :barf:.

Anyone have any ideas on how to make this work? My favorite foods are the starches, particularly potatoes and corn....oh how I miss potatoes and corn...lol.

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks!
Jess


meazie
10-17-2012, 04:00 PM
Hi Jess! :)
My husband is the same way. He's got a few veggies he likes and sticks with them. My best advice is to disguise them with seasoning and allowed dressings. This helps him a lot. Surprisingly one of his fav's is raw spinach which I can't stand.

I like most veggies but struggle to eat them anyway. Sometimes I just don't want a big pile of broccoli, ya know?

But I did discover that roasting broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus is very yummy. I modified the recipes I found to make them on program.

On my menu, I can still have a small amount of potatoes and corn, like 2 oz I think. Not sure what yours says about that.

JodiH
10-18-2012, 12:00 AM
I drink the super fruit and veggie when I just can't stand anymore veggies. But, I have found that dipping raw vegetables helps me eat more. I dip in either the Waldon Farm Honey Dijon dressing or I mix greek yogurt with dry ranch seasoning and use it as a dip


cassie143
10-18-2012, 09:55 AM
Girl ... let me introduce you to the best kept secret!!!!

Spaghetti squash ! It has been a diet savor for sure! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT and you can do it so many different way! I just made it last night with low fat cheese and tomatoes .. I also made it last week with mushrooms and shrimp and garlic .. The options are endless what you can use with it .. just like pasta except a veggie! I also add zucchini and yellow squash as well for some extra flavors. SO YUM! :carrot:

Lakilaulea
10-18-2012, 10:29 AM
Have you tried sugar snap peas? I usually eat some as a snack; I accidentally bought snow peas once (they look pretty much the same) and tossed the bag rather than finish it, I hated it that much.

I'm a vegetarian and I HATE vegetables, how's that?? LOL

I do like the small sweet peppers (the small red, yellow, and orange ones you can buy by the bag). I usually eat them raw either dipped in a low fat dressing or with a stick of pepperjack cheese. I also drink a lot of V8 now.

skelley331
10-18-2012, 02:06 PM
Have you tried sugar snap peas? I usually eat some as a snack; I accidentally bought snow peas once (they look pretty much the same) and tossed the bag rather than finish it, I hated it that much.

I'm a vegetarian and I HATE vegetables, how's that?? LOL

I do like the small sweet peppers (the small red, yellow, and orange ones you can buy by the bag). I usually eat them raw either dipped in a low fat dressing or with a stick of pepperjack cheese. I also drink a lot of V8 now.

My center told me i could only eat green peppers and to stay away from the red orange and yellow? HMMM

Lakilaulea
10-18-2012, 02:36 PM
My center told me i could only eat green peppers and to stay away from the red orange and yellow? HMMM

Aaww, man, I hope I'm not being steered wrong... I'll go ask...

skelley331
10-18-2012, 10:27 PM
Aaww, man, I hope I'm not being steered wrong... I'll go ask...

Yes ask your center because i'm told every center is independent and does things different

JodiH
10-20-2012, 10:25 PM
I was also told not to eat the red peppers, only green. Same with onions. But, I want to know how you cook the spaghetti squash. I tried to find some this week end, but couldn't find any. I have heard it is great to fix it kinda like regular spaghetti.

skelley331
10-20-2012, 10:49 PM
I was also told not to eat the red peppers, only green. Same with onions. But, I want to know how you cook the spaghetti squash. I tried to find some this week end, but couldn't find any. I have heard it is great to fix it kinda like regular spaghetti.

Our walmart carries squash, i haven't tried it yet but my sister has and she said it's really good, i would just google it, i know there are receipes in the mrc cookbook for it. :)

dkdaisybutters
10-21-2012, 12:19 PM
I was also told not to eat the red peppers, only green. Same with onions. But, I want to know how you cook the spaghetti squash. I tried to find some this week end, but couldn't find any. I have heard it is great to fix it kinda like regular spaghetti.

I poked mine with a knife and then microwaved it for 6 to 8 minutes and then let stand fora couple minutes but you could youtube it I'm sure. I'm not sure if it is better made in the oven or the microwave, does anybody know? The reason I did the microwave is because my squash was so hard I couldn't cut it in half to put it in the oven. Once it's done being microwaved remove the pulp and seeds from the middle and then take a fork to scrape it into spaghetti strands. What other things can you put onto or into spaghetti squash? I put on tomatoes garlic olive oil salt and pepper and it wasn't too bad. The mushroom and shrimp and garlic idea sounds good. Any other suggestions?

healthylady123
10-21-2012, 09:31 PM
I put a little sea salt and pepper on mine, spray pam on a cookie sheet, and bake at 375 for about 30 minutes face down. I then take it out of the oven and scrape all the faux spaghetti strands out. It's yummy and very versatile. You can add some veggies with it on top of the stove, some chicken or other protein, and some braggs amino and voila you have a stir fry with faux spaghetti noodles.

beachgal777
10-21-2012, 10:04 PM
My center told me i could only eat green peppers and to stay away from the red orange and yellow? HMMM

my doc says I can have any of the peppers...red is my favorite-- it really tastes like candy to me!
cup chopped red Bell pepper: 3 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1.5 grams fiber and 23 calories
cup sliced red Bell pepper: 2 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber and 14 calories
1 medium red Bell pepper (about 2" long and 2" or about 4 oz.): 5 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber and 37 calories

JBrink
10-23-2012, 03:11 PM
Thank you guys for all the idea's! I'll see if I can find a place that carries spaghetti squash around here!

Lakilaulea- snow peas are awwwwwful! I tried some the other day and tossed the bag too! And congrats on being a vegetarian that hates veggies...lol I think that takes great courage!

carolannincolumbusga
11-04-2012, 11:27 AM
Girl ... let me introduce you to the best kept secret!!!!

Spaghetti squash ! It has been a diet savor for sure! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT and you can do it so many different way! I just made it last night with low fat cheese and tomatoes .. I also made it last week with mushrooms and shrimp and garlic .. The options are endless what you can use with it .. just like pasta except a veggie! I also add zucchini and yellow squash as well for some extra flavors. SO YUM! :carrot:

I'll have to try the spaghetti squash. I happen to LOVE veggies, though. I just need a quick and easy way to get the food on the plate. My cooking skills suck. This has helped me to learn to cook lean and mean!

CCdoodle
11-04-2012, 01:11 PM
I love the spaghetti squash as well. I put a couple sprintz of spray butter and sprinkle it with truvia. It's a nockoff version of acorn squash filled with butter and brown sugar!

Also, tomatoes, they are heavy so you don't have to eat as much!

LC

carolannincolumbusga
11-04-2012, 06:05 PM
I love the spaghetti squash as well. I put a couple sprintz of spray butter and sprinkle it with truvia. It's a nockoff version of acorn squash filled with butter and brown sugar!

Also, tomatoes, they are heavy so you don't have to eat as much!

LC

I didn't see tomato on my list of approved foods. I'm going to recheck. I eat alot of cucumbers!!

laury411
11-07-2012, 09:42 AM
Hi guys! I'm MRC thread snooping, looking for information for my daughter, who wants to lose 10-12 lbs. I'm doing Ideal Protein, and it's working well for me, but it's too expensive to have 2 of us doing it! Anyway, I'm not sure if the ingredients in the recipes I'm about to lead you to are allowed on your diet, but I was not a fan of veggies before starting IP. Now, after trying some of the recipes others before me have invented, I'm a huge fan! Check out "Fun with veggie purees!" under the IP threads, and once you make them and see how easy and delicious they are , maybe your creative juices will flow! Good luck!

dkdaisybutters
11-08-2012, 12:07 AM
I didn't see tomato on my list of approved foods. I'm going to recheck. I eat alot of cucumbers!!

We can have tomatoes but no cooked tomatoes only raw

graceswan
11-10-2012, 09:44 AM
I think that if you try the approved vegetables in different ways, you may find that you like veggies, just not the way they were being prepared. I thought I hated spinach until I went to one restaurant, tried sauteed spinach, and loved it. I asked the chef how he made it and he said he carmelized onions in olive oil, added garlic and then sauteed it down. Now, I cannot have cooked onions but love spinach now.

I find I like cooked veggies better than raw, but everyone is different. If you have a Ruby Tuesday near you, they have a lot of different veggies as sides, including spagehtti squash, so you can try it there.

arcunningham
03-14-2013, 07:34 PM
I have a friend who is just like this with her veggies. She was told a secret about cauliflower! If you steam it, add some sprays of I Can't Believe it's Not Butter, chives, pepper and mash it up...its just like eating MASHED POTATOES. Yum. Melt some cheese in it for cheesy potatoes.
Also. PEPPERS: Green, Red, Orange.........this does NOT make a difference what-so-ever. Every one of those peppers are exactly the same in nutritional value.