Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Vegetable Challenge

baby heirloom tomatoes
salads with lots of colors and texture

roasted brussel sprouts and zucchini
After watching Oprah's episode about the vegan challenge, I've been trying to incorporate more vegetables into my diet.  I'm certainly not cutting out meat or seafood, but I do see the benefit of adding more greens to my meals ("leaning in" as Oprah calls it).  I do love vegetables, but I generally eat the same ones over and over and get tired of them quickly.  Here are a few ways I've been trying to mix it up with new varieties and recipes (as seen here with my spinach and mushroom enchiladas).  What are your quick/delicious ways to prepare vegetables?


Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I get totally stuck in veggie ruts. Right now snow peas have been my go to. Sautéed. I also love grilled asparagus.

Lisa Griffin said...

i absolutely loooove roasting veggies i crank up the oven, spritz with olive oil and balsamic and throw whatever i have into the oven for about 25 mins. it is delicious! i love doing it with squashes, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes

Sam {} said...

i like to use the microwave for time - broccoli, peas, squash, sweet potato...yay for veggies!!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I do a tofu stir-fry every week! Roast vegetables are another staple as well and I've lately been trying to cook Indian inspired dishes (lentils, cauliflower).

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Jess said...

I find it hard to incorporate new veggies into my diet as well. I actually just tried making a tuna/veggie pita last night for dinner and it was delish! It had hummus on it too, which always seems to give more taste to veggies!


Gabriel said...

Nooooooooooo!!! Just when I thought it was safe to go back in the kitcen; more vegetables!

this free bird said...

Okay Val- um Gabe's comment is hilarious!! I busted up!

So admission time: I eat salads, grill veggies, or make veggie lasagna. Sometimes I roast brussel sprouts/carrots/onions around chicken or beef (but there's the meat factor). Perhaps it's time to get a bit more dip them in chocolate. HA!


Anonymous said...

Even as a vegetarian I find myself not eating as many vegetables as I should. My favorite go to is to lightly sautee squash, zuccini, asparagus green onions and mushrooms with italian seasoning and garlic and serve over brown rice. Yum!

Anna Walker said...

When I make pasta I add spinach, purple onion and mushrooms! The tomato sauce is obviously veggie too! Also when I make eggs I add green pepper and the above vegetables! It's delicious! Keep up the green!

Annie said...

love this Valerie! I'm good about eating my veggies, but I've been trying to mix it up too - thanks for the ideas! My favorite is always stir frying with olive oil and garlic, but now I'm getting into roasting veggies. Have you tried making kale chips yet? They are really easy and delicious (and super healthy of course) xo

Tasha said...

I watched that Oprah episode as well! About 2 months or so ago, I decided I would try to go a month without any meat, and I lasted the full month, but I didn't want to continue. lol I love vegetables, and often swap out vegan burgers for the real thing, but I'm not ready to give up meat entirely!

All these vegetables look yummy!

Josie said...

I also seriously need to add more veggies to my diet... I think if I incorporate them with pasta, I'll be a much bigger fan!
xo Josie

Torrie said...

I love to grill/saute a ton of vegetables, and use the extras for sandwiches, a quick healthy fried rice, scrambled eggs, salads, etc.

Another thing that I've been doing a lot is roasting them, with a little olive oil and s&p... and then topping with Parmesan.

A lot of times, I'll roast, steam, or saute 'em, and then simply top with marinara sauce & mozzarella or Parmesan and pine nuts. A quick, filling lunch (or dinner!).

Share your creations with us!

Krystal said...

my favorite thing to do in the summer is put zucchini and squash on a skewer, brush butter on them and grill them. oh my gosh. heaven.


Baby heirlooms and brussel sprouts are amazing they are both regulars on our T Joes run. I also love grilled zucchini wedges! I marinate them in lemon zest, olive oil, garlic powder, S&P. Then grill them up! SO yummy. xo

Danielle said...

vegetable scares me. I am a child.

Ashley said...

You make vegetables look yummy!

Anonymous said...

I have no particular way but I do have to add more green into my diet. I stay away from red meat at all cost.

Maybe we can follow each other?

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Isn't there something satisfying about taking a bite filled with natural bright colored veggies?

style'n said...

This is great...I have been doing this for a while..just to be healthier but I can also use some new ideas for veggies. Just saw a great dish on Smitten Kitchen for asparagus. And we cook with tofu all the time! Love this....

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