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Any creative veggie ideas?

I am trying to get more veggies into my weight watchers like diet, but I am getting really bored with my carrot sticks and peas. I am not picky at all- so I'll try anything. Anybody have creative new ideas for me to try?

Wed. Feb 6, 9:10am

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Make soup...start with low sodium stock (like chicken or vegetable) add all kinds of veggies like carrots, onions (saute lightly first), celery, parsnips, spinach, crushed tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, and anything else you may have in you veggie bin or freezer. It's delicious and fills you up. I make big pots and eat them for days. I eat big bowls knowing I am getting my veggies and fiber and not tons of calories. You can add chicken or turkey or sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 10:28 AM

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You could always slice up cucumbers and dip that into hummus.

I make an easy stovetop frittata for breakfast that has a lot of vegetables in it - broccoli, asparagus, tomato, spinach, etc. You knock out a couple of servings of vegetables for breakfast!

I make a creamy soup that is virtually all vegetables (tomato, carrot, celery) and can be frozen in ice cube trays and popped in the microwave for a quick meal.

A veggie sandwich - spinach, tomato, cucumber, mushroom, sprouts, etc. - whatever you want on whole grain bread and the condiment of your choice.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 10:30 AM

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salsa on salads, chicken, whatever you eat. Shred root veggies like turnip or rutabaga on a salad. Juliene peppers to dip in things. Or put peppers, zuchini and onions in eggs in the morning. Eat coleslaw with a homemade o/o vinagrette.


Just try some new veggies.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 2:10 PM

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I'm not fond of food preparation of any kind, so I buy packages of the pre-cut fruits and vegetables in the produce section of the grocery store and use them as my snack foods. I especially like raw broccoli and can down half a bag in one sitting - and not feel guilty!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 3:48 PM

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Chicken broth is healthier for you than stock, try zucchini, celery, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, just go down the isle & try things, make a salad, an omelet, soup, whatever you want, be creative.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 4:47 PM

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Frozen veggies w/ garden vegtable marinara sauce and sprinkle parm cheese/seasoning. My favorite is "California Mix" when I am craving pasta. Add chicken or tofu to make it a meal.
Also, coliflower with 2% cheese sprinkled on top is a lot like mac and cheese (if I am having the real deal I still add some coliflower to make it a bit healthier and a lot heartier).

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 4:53 PM

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I like spagetti squash with sauce on it.
Anything you would use a ground meat in I use a little meat and then dice celery, onion, carrot and zucchini. Saute them and then add with the meat. Oh and mushrooms too.
The other day I made lasaga without meat just the veggies. And inbetween the layers used sauted zucchini cut in strips.

Butternut squash is excellent I have heard you can bake it to make "fries" but I haven't tried it yet.

You can always roast a chicken and put all the same veggies that you would put with a beef roast and for the veggitarian you could just roast seasoned veggies.
I love yams. But they are high in calories.

Zucchini is so good. I love to just cut it ion the diagonal, thick slices and fry them in pam on a non stick skillet. with some salt and pepper. That is my favorite side dish and almost no calories.

I like to take cabbage and onion and saute them same way and add a bit of soy sauce or teriaki sauce to it.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 10:31 PM

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If you want something quick and easy, try Bird's Eye Asparagus stir fry mix. It has asparagus, carrots, cauliflower and green beans with teeny tiny noodles in it.. I steam it in my microwave. It is SO delicious. I can eat a bunch of it and not get sick of it.

Thursday, February 07, 2008, 2:14 PM

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A lot of people don't like veggies because the ones they get at the Supermarket are grown for easy shipping, not flavor or nutrition. If you can find a local farmer who does CSAs (community supported agriculture) you can get fresh, excellent tasting organic produce delievered to your home. It is often cheaper than buying it at the Supermarket because there's no overhead. Almost any veggie tastes good just sauteed in olive oil with a splash of soy sauce-If it is grown in healthy soil, not coated in wax, and relatively fresh. I love steamed greens or stirfry. Vegetables like kolorhabi and daikon radish can just be eaten plain. Sugar snap peas are good raw, too. Some people like snacking on some of the heartier sprouts, like pea sprouts. There's also dried peas coated in wasabi or other dried veggies are easy to carry and snack on.

Thursday, February 07, 2008, 2:17 PM

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I am not a huge veggie person, because I am used to getting everything in a processed, prepacked, nonrefrigerated way (yes I am trying to change this) I am starting out slow with making sure every meal has a veggie side dish (even breakfast) and I drink an 8 oz serving of V8 (which counts as 2 servings)

My new favorite side dish is coleslaw mix sauted in soy sauce and seseme oil wrapped in a wonton wrapper and steamed... it effortless and SO YUMMY..

Thursday, February 07, 2008, 2:49 PM

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