Post # 1
I am trying to incorporate as many veggies as possible to my diet but can’t stand eating bland food. Most recipes I came across include a lot of butter or salt which I am trying to avoid in order to lose weight. What are your tips and tricks to make veggies rich in flavor without raising the calorie/fat/sodium content?
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Post # 2
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
bluesparkles: Roasted vegetables are SO GOOD. I mostly do kale, broccoli, asparagus, or brussel sprouts. Chop them up – toss them in a couple tablespoons of olive oil, a whole lot of minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste – bake on a tray at 350-400 degrees for 20-30 minutes – broil for a couple minutes to get them toasty. They taste incredibly rich and delicious, and it’s like 150 calories for a big ol bowl.
Post # 3
It is really hard for me to eat veggies too. I have realized that I hate raw veggies, but can eat them a lot better if they are steamed. It makes things like carrots, broccoli, spinach..etc MUCH easier to eat.
I’ve also found that some really delicious soups can be made out of veggies. I found a recipe for zucchini squash soup that is DELICIOUS (only ingredients are the veggies, vegetable broth, onion, and maybe a little herbs and spices). So i’ll make a big pot of it and eat that for lunch for several days.
Also, did you know you can cook calliflower into a “mashed potato” type dish? http://www.raegunramblings.com/2013/07/cauliflower-mash-recip.html I don’t think I put any butter in mine, though. It tastes pretty good.
Sweet potatoes are our go-to vegetable. We make homeade sweet potato fries out of them (cut them in slices, VERY lightly brush with olive oil, then sprinkle with cinnamon and then bake in the oven), we roast them, we bake them, we mash them…..we LOVE our sweet potatoes.
Post # 4
Add butter and salt. They don’t cause weight gain- refined sugars, flours, and processed foods do. I put butter on my veg all the time!
Post # 5
I agree with sweetie78 – butter and salt are ok! But in addition to that, I hate bland veggies too. I use lots of flavorful seasonings like garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper, red chili flake… toss that with some olive oil and some sweet potatoes, onions, red bell peppers, squash… Roast it in the oven and throw it in a corn tortilla. SO delicious. My go-to is always Mexican flavors. It’s so easy to make a full vegetarian or vegan meal that tastes GOOD using Mexican seasonings.
Post # 6
I’ll saute broccoli in garlic and lemon juice. Lime juice and chili on corn. A bit of maple syrup or brown sugar on butternut squash. I’ve also done a balsamic vinegar glaze.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2016 - Charleston, SC
I love adding oils, pesto, citrus, or herbs and spices to my veggies! I also sometimes put those Laughing Cow wedges in a sautée pan for something a little thicker, or sprinkle parmasean over top. I don’t like a ton of salt because I always feel so bloated, but as long as you stay hydrated it isn’t really a problem. You can put anything on it you want as long as you use moderation.
Raw veggies are also great with hummus for a snack. Also, if you like carrots, STAY AWAY from baby carrots! They’re loaded with sugar!
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A splash of balsamic vinegar, add some seasoning, and roast. It’s especially good on zucchini, squash, brussel sprouts, carrots…yummy
Post # 10
I swear by Mrs Dash – it has no calories and there are several flavors. I tend to steam veggies and put that on.
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NOOOOOOO! Don’t eat bland veggies, life is waaaaaay too short!!!! Food should taste good, especially good, healthy food. I agree that butter and salt are ok, though if you want to avoid them that’s your choice. GET SPICES!!!!
gee, my list can go on and on and on…..oh and try some different stuff like
Figure out what you like and pair that with the veggies of choice. I don’t like a lot of veggies cooked, so I keep my leafy greens raw in smoothies or salads. I steam broccoli. Cook for you, not anyone else!
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
bluesparkles: If you like buffalo chicken wings then you might really like this recipe for buffalo cauliflower!
I add a bit of margarine or butter to some Frank’s Red Hot and it tastes just like real-deal buffalo sauce. Heat it on the stove top then toss your roasted cauliflower in it, YUM!
ETA: This way raises the sodium count…
So, another way I like to prepare cauliflower is to roast it in the oven, but add some ground red pepper for just a bit of kick. Using cauliflower to substitute as a pizza crust is also pretty good.
Post # 14
Hot sauce (chili-garlic flavor is my favorite, and hot sauce is also great for your metabolism!)… Parmesan cheese… Different balsamics… A little bit of marinara sauce…Low-sodium soy sauce… Mustard (also great for your metabolism)… The salt-free Mrs. Dash. Mix some low-sodium chicken stock with some diced tomatoes, onions, garlic and veggies, and sautée until tender. Spaghetti squash with a little marinara and parm is a staple for us. Also very tender broccoli, cut up and mixed with chicken, corn, black beans or whatever, some grilled chicken and hot sauce (kind of chipotle style).
Grassfed butter isn’t bad for you… However, (despite what PPs have said) it *can* make you gain weight, if not eaten in moderation. A little is ok, but def measure and track every little bit. 2000 calories is 2000 calories. It is obviously healthier for you if those are considered “GOOD” 2000 calories, but eating at a surplus will cause you to gain weight regardless. Sea salt also isn’t bad, but can also make you retain water when not used in moderation (giving you unnecessary bloat and skewing weight loss).
I personally prefer to eat my veggies with a little hot sauce or in a store fry and incorporate my healthy fats via nut butters, almonds, avocados, eggs and such.
Post # 15
No way! There are so many ways to cook veggies without even touching butter or salt!
I love to roast them with some olive oil and herbs. Anything is delicious when you add garlic.
Invest in some dried oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes- that’s all you need to start! You can also use fresh herbs. And there are TONS of spices to try besides the basic ones I just listed- lots of bees have given great ideas already 🙂