Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fruits and Veggies

I need some help/ideas/recipes.

I HATE vegetables!! (except corn and Ive been told many times, corn does not count!!

So I need to know how to prepare veggies. I DONT like soggy!!! I prefer crisp. 
How do you flavor?
How do you grill?
How do you do it?

Im having a much better time trying fruits!! (Ive been throwing em into my post workout smoothies for the most part).  And having an orange or an apple every day for lunch.

9 comments:

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  2. I hate vegetables too. I'm going to check back to see what kinds of advice people give you!

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  3. Check SparkRecipe.com! I love it cause you can type in an ingredient & get all sorts of ideas, most of them very easy to make. You'll of course have to be open to them & willing to work on your taste buds to get them accustomed to liking veggies:-). You could make a nice soup with veggies, stew, stir fry (my fav), just have them as side dishes, put them in your smoothies, juices or sauces.... they are very versatile:-).

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  4. I hate veggies too, but that´s because we don´t very good/fresh ones here. We live in the boonies and when they are sold in the store, they are not very fresh looking anymore. What I do like is a crisp salad with not too much salad dressing. I just add salt and pepper, lemon juice and a bit of cream (yes cream). It´s delicious. Cutting up cucumbers, carrots and celery to be eaten with a dip is also good.

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  5. I love grating up veggies into a salad, lie carrots or even cooked beets. I also like to Roast them in the oven with a spray of non stick spray fot about 15 minutes at 350. Sprinkle with garlic and they are terrific!

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  6. A series of suggestions...

    I try to put them in sandwiches. It's always the least obvious time to eat veggies... Lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, sprouts, cucumbers and celery are all really great additions. I'm kind of obsessed with pitas lately... you could grill up some chicken for flavor and warmth then put in diced cucumber and celery with spinach. The flavors aren't overwhelming. They don't need to be cooked just chopped and washed. Plus they add good texture difference - a good crunch with your soft pita and chicken.

    I know it's not calorically the best, but your another option is cheese. Goat cheeses and hard cheeses are lower in sodium and fats. So boil up some fresh green beans and grate some parmesan on them or asiago. Edamame (soy beans- sometimes in pods. don't eat the pod)... is great with a lemon butter sauce. Avocado in with a light sour cream for a guacamole. Homemade salsa - tomatoes, jalepenos, cilantro, white onion.

    The less you cook veggies the more nutrition you keep. So find some that you're okay with... even if that means buying a little of each kind and then finding a way to eat it or try a different flavor. Rhubarb is great if you like tartness (only eat the stalk, never the leaves). Cauliflower can be used as a potato substitute for low cal/low carb mashed potatoes. Spaghetti squash can replace pasta. If you need something crunchy, try peeling a cucumber and chopping it up. Salt it if you want.

    There are so many options for making delicious veggies. you don't like soggy, so you might not like brussel sprouts themselves, but what if you halved them, roast them and mixed in some chopped bacon and pecans? lots of flavor, crunchy texture, salty, smoky flavors of bacon...

    Anyway... just some ideas. Some DELICIOUS ideas! :)

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  7. I like veggies crisp too. Here is a recipe that I call Paul's Version of Pepper Steak. It has green peppers and onions, although you could certainly add some celery also.
    http://blip.tv/virtualpaul/pepper-steak-paul-s-quick-and-easy-version-5855255

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  8. I put them in a glass 9x9 with a tiny bit of olive oil on the bottom and the add in potatoes, sweet potatoes, peppers, garlic, tomatoes and season them a little bit. Bake them in the oven set at 400 for 30 minutes on side, turn and 15 minutes the other side. They come out a bit crisp on the outside, tender on the inside and yummy. I've also added any type of squash and carrots. Just make sure everything is about the same size so something things are to cooked and the other isn't. I did this tonight and my daddy ate a whole 9x9 pan by himself and he's not a veggie eater any more.
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    Take care and have a blessed weekend.

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  9. My favorite way to prepare veggies is in a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil. Saute' for a few minutes with a little garlic and sprinkle with kosher salt. One of my roommates taught me to prepare my green beans this way and they are ohh, so delicious. So my best advice is use flavor enhancers like olive oil, garlic, onions, lemon, lime and delicious kosher salt (just a tad!). I think my mouth is salivating! Good luck!

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