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CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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10/10/12 6:57 A

sparkpeople has a recipe for broiled asparagus that i like. mix asapargus, salt pepper, olive oil and broil for about ten minutes, shaking the pan occassionally.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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10/8/12 2:36 P

I used to think I hated mushrooms... because the only kind I had was the canned kind that comes on delivery pizza LOL. I did some trying out, and I found I really like portobella and baby bella mushrooms. Baby bellas I use often in cooking in sauce etc, to spoon on top of chicken or beef. But in the end, mushrooms don't have THAT much nutritional value.

i'm pretty picky too (I'm with you on the onions and tomatoes, only in a sauce!), but 2 of my favorite veggies that are easy are broccoli and sweet potatoes.

For broccoli, I either steam them in the microwave by using a glass bowl, putting a bit of water in the bottom of the bowl, and then adding the broccoli in (I use fresh that has been cut up in to florets), and then put a plate on top of the bowl. I microwave it for 3 minutes, then season the broccoli with whatever I'm feeling like, usually just pepper but you can do garlic powder or red pepper flakes too. Or, I will drizzle the florets w/ olive oil, season to taste, and then roast in the oven for about 10 minutes. Sometimes I top w/ parmesan cheese first also. If I'm making rice, I will often steam some broccoli and mix it in with the rice, that way it bulks it up and I'm eating less of the less healthier rice.

For sweet potatoes, you can treat them just like regular potatoes... bake them whole, or peel and cut them up, drizzle w/ olive oil and seasoning (chipotle pepper is great!), and roast in the oven for like 40 minutes. Or, you can make them just like mashed potatoes. I like to add a chipotle pepper w/ a bit of adobo sauce with the mashed version. There's other recipes on sparkrecipes for making sweet potato fries etc, that are all very good too.

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10/8/12 1:41 P

This sounds so good...thanks for the idea!

10/6/12 3:59 P

How do you feel about spaghetti squash? I follow a grain-free diet and these are a life saver for me because they are so versatile.

Last night, the kids and I had the squash with ground beef and mixed veggies (just use the frozen bag). Sprinkle on some salt, pepper and Parmesan if you're so inclined and it's quite tasty. My kids like it with rooster sauce.

You can mix a lot of difference things in with that squash to make it sweet or savory. Another family favorite is squash with petite peas (again, bagged frozen) and pomegranate seeds.

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10/5/12 11:32 A

In fall and winter I love to make the following:
Peeled and quartered potatoes, carrots, and any other root vegetables like beets. Put then in a bowl and toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Put on a baking sheet and put in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes. (I include onions, but you don't need to) It makes a great veggie medley.
What I usually do is take fresh broccoli, or cauliflower, spinach, or green beans and steam them. Then people can add anything they want to them, or just eat them plain.

10/4/12 3:48 P

Hi group,

My boyfriend and I are trying to lose some weight together, and all in all, eat healthier. We both really enjoy food, but lately I've noticed (as the one doing most of the cooking), is that we really don't get enough vegetables in our diet. The problem is that I have no idea how to incorporate these into our diet. I'll admit that we are slightly picky - which I know limits our options (we're not fond of peppers, onions, mushrooms, or tomatoes [unless in a sauce, haha]).

I've been experimenting with spinach a bit more lately, and we do get a mix of veggies every once in a while when I make a stir fry or stew, but I just need some help/recipes that anyone can give me to help incorporate more vegetables into our diet would be greatly appreciated!


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