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How to fit in more veggies every day?

I'd love to hear how everybody fits in more veggies besides eating salads and putting lettuce & tomato on sandwiches. I'm running out of ideas and getting bored with the usual. Thx!

Sun. Feb 24, 9:48am

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Make a big pot of soup with a range of vegetables. Put it in individual serving containers and warm and eat with lunch or as a snack. It's tasty and good for you.

I use onions, carrots, summer squash, zucchini, parsnips, celery, escarole, green beans and other vegetables that look good. A can of crushed tomatoes and a base of chicken or vegetrable stock and some water serve as the base. That's LOTS of vegetables.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 11:21 AM

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I like to put chopped veggies: onion, red pepper and zucchini are my favorites - broccoli, too, in omelets: Chop and stir fry in a non stick pan with cooking spray, then pour the eggs over: A veggie serving at breakfast!
Also make veggie spreads - baba ganoush or hummus or my favorite: Roasted Red Pepper and Eggplant Spread (recipe up on the Healthy Recipes thread) to snack on.

I second the soup idea, too!

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 12:55 PM

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I like to make veggie burritos: sliver lots of peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchinis (anything left in your fridge, basically), saute with some olive oil, garlic, and cayenne. Then wrap in a whole-wheat tortilla, with a bit of low-fat sour cream. *So* good.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 1:04 PM

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Great Thread! Great Input!

Love these ideas! Keep it up!

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 5:04 PM

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I put as many vegetables into my eggwhite omelet or scramble as I have in the house. I'll steam the green ones first in the pan, drain off the water and then add everything else. I can easily get a couple of servings in first thing in the morning.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 7:44 PM

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I skip the meat on a sandwich and add sliced cucumber, onions, mushroom, red peppers, lettuce, spinach, tomato - pretty much whatever I like, piled high, and so few calories!

I have left over soft taco tortillas - I'm going to make those burritos, they sound great!

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 9:59 PM

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My new favorite dinner. Had it two nights in a row now. It even reheats well.
Have to give credit where it is due, Got the idea from Rachael Ray just tweaked it a bit for my taste.

Roasted vegetable rattatoullie
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with sides with parchement paper and spray with pam.
Take a piece of foil and double it, about 12x12 inch.
Cut the tops off of a bulb of garlic. Place on foil and spray with pam and salt and pepper. Wrap it up and place in the oven for 40 min.
While it is roasting prepare the veggies.
Cut into larch chunks; 1 peeled eggplant, 2 unpeepled zucchini, 2 small onions, 1/2 red and 1/2 green bell pepper, 3 large mushrooms and 1 carrot peeled and diced small. (your baking sheet will be heaping) Spray the veggies with pam and salt and pepper. Place in the oven 25 minutes. In a foil tray or foil pie plate, spray and pour 1 pint of grape tomatoes. Spray them and salt and pepper them. When 10 minutes are left for the other veggies add the tomatoes to the oven.
While all this is cooking, boil water and add 6oz campanella pasta or any kind that you like.
While everything is cooking cut 2 good size bunches of fresh basil and set aside.
Just before everything is done, take your garlic and squeeze it out of the bulb into a large bowl. Add just a bit of pasta water and mash with a fork to make a paste of the garlic. When tomatoes are done (wrinkled and skins bursting) put them in with the garlic. Mash lightly.
Now add roasted veggies and finally the drained pasta. Leave just a bit of water. (Like don't get all the water out that you can.)
Mix everything together well and add basil and stir well.
After it is plated top with 1 Tbls of grated parmesan cheese.
I like to spray with a touch of I can't believe it's not butter spray and a little more salt and pepper.
Serves 4 @ aprox 225 cal each.
It is a really simple dinner to make. And I especially like that everything comes together at the same time.

Sunday, February 24, 2008, 10:35 PM

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Google Green Smoothies! You can literally eat 15 serving of yummy veggies for breakfast!


Monday, February 25, 2008, 2:09 AM

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If you're in a hurry usually, buy bags of frozen veggies. Use them as the base for stirfries, cook them as a side dish to fish, or throw them in with pasta.

Monday, February 25, 2008, 10:25 AM

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Thanks for the recipe 10:35!

I'm going out of town for a week and was wondering what to do with all the vegetables I have in my fridge right now. I have almost everything in the recipe so this will be a perfect way to use them up :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 11:25 PM

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