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Thursday, February 24, 2011

After almost thirty-six years, we're on a new eating adventure. We're trying to eat more veggies and less fast-food, pizza, all that. Not an easy switch. Mention pizza night versus leeks/potato soup and there's no contest. Thick spaghetti pasta versus squash, well, it just doesn't sound as appetizing.

Or does it?

Something very strange happened when I entered the grocery store this week. I strolled through the produce aisle and on my way to my usual broccoli/celery/carrots/potatoes run, I spotted a group of spaghetti squash. Feeling adventurous, I decided to make spaghetti squash for dinner, my first time ever fixing such a meal! It was YUMMY!

So now I'm on a mission. I'm supposed to eat lots of veggies and I need recipes. I'm trying different things: butternut squash, leeks (doesn't that sound frightening?), cabbage, more cauliflower, kale, etcetera.

Normally, I'm not the adventurous type when it comes to eating, but searching through is making me want to try new things. I'm also experimenting with herbs and seasonings. I haven't enjoyed cooking this much in FOREVER! I love to eat out and we're not doing it so much anymore!

So what's your favorite veggie meal? Got any recipes to share? Any good foodie links? I'm so getting into this and could use your help so I don't fizzle out and fall back into my usual routine of chocolate and vitamins. :-)

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Diann Hunt  
posted at 8:22 AM  
  Comments (16)
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At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mexican Zucchini
6 Zucchini
1 can of whole kernel corn
1 can of Rotel
1 pint of sour crème (Mexican Sour crème is the best)
1 pack of shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Slice zucchini and sauté in olive oil until tender (but not mushy). Remove from pan and drain oil.
Combine remaining ingredients in pan and simmer until cheese is melted. Add zucchini and simmer for about 10 or 15 minutes. Happy eating!! =)

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh my goodness, Alecia, this looks FABULOUS!!! I will definitely try this! Thank you so much for posting!!!

At 12:05 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Diann, my favorite during this healthy eating craze is just a good romaine lettuce salad with grass fed hamburger browned and seasoned with garlic and hot stuff, and use it as a dressing. Throw a bunch of flavorful veggies in there like olives or artichoke hearts, water chestnuts, and then goat or sheep cheese crumbled over it. If that's not enough dressing I blend olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and hot pepper together and pour over everything. Yum, if you like salads.

At 12:27 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Have you tried that cauliflower pizza recipe I gave you, Di? We all love it! Even the kids! And the crust is made from cauliflower or cabbage.

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Ashley said...

Cauliflower pizza sounds interesting! How do you make it??

I have been LOVING roasting all kinds of veggies lately!! It's the only way I will eat broccoli!

I just cut up slices of broccoli, sweet potatoes, peeled squash, parsnips, red onion, etc....toss them in some olive oil with salt, pepper and garlic powder, roast 25 min. on 425 and it is SO yum!!! They get so sweet and crispy and are very filling!

When they're done, you can also toss them with a little lemon juice, parm and roasted pine nuts!

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I'm still waiting for Colleen or Diann to give Ashley that cauliflower pizza crust recipe, because I should have it somewhere and can't find it. I can't do tomato sauce or cow stuff right now, but I can do sheep and goat cheese. Mixed with grass-fed browned hamburger, yum!

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Peggy Blann Phifer said...

I'm with you, Cheryl. That cauliflower pizza sounds intriguing.

C'mon, Colleen :)

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh my gosh it is to die for!

1 cup cauliflower (cooked and mashed) or 1 c cabbage, run through food processor.
1 c cheese
2 eggs
a bit of salt.

Mix together and bake at 400 degrees until cooked through and a little brown on the bottom. Take out the crust and add tomato paste with your favorite pizza seasonings and your favorite toppings then put under the broiler until melted.

It's fabulous!

At 5:51 PM, Blogger Peggy Blann Phifer said...

Oh, my! Thanks, Colleen. Gotta try that for sure. What do you back the crust on? Do you use non-stick spray?

At 7:07 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I forgot about the cauliflower pizza, C! Thank you for posting the recipe!! That looks so yummy!!

Ashley, your roasted veggies sound delicious! I LOVE veggies like that

At 8:51 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Alecia, try subbing that sour cream for Greek yogurt. Oh my gosh, so good and it's way good for you!

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooo. I'll have to try the Greek yogurt. Thanks Colleen. =)

At 10:27 PM, Blogger Henry said...

Colleen, I ran across your comments about eggs on one of the hcg forums. I felt that I really needed to let you know my experience with eggs. I am on my 3rd round of injection hcg & I follow Simeon's protocol only. So far I have followed the maintenance program as written for 6 weeks, & then 8 weeks prior to starting a new hcg round. I have lost a total of 80 pounds (not including the weight I gained on the load days), so I think I am a bit of an expert now. I started getting tired of the same ol' food and searched online to find some different recipes and decided to try eggs when I am in a hurry. I have eaten them 3x a week (1 whole boiled egg & 3 whites) I just use sea salt, pepper & salt free Mrs. Dash lemon pepper and I continue to lose just fine. I also found the best Chili recipe that I make with canned tomatoes with chicken or beef & several other recipes with cabbage & an amazing salad with apple, celery & chicken. I'm 4 pounds away from my goal and I am so excited. Just thought you would like to know. Thanks for listening!

At 10:30 PM, Blogger MomKat said...

Oops! I didn't realize that my husband, Henry's gmail account was open when I wrote my comments about eggs! Sorry, it was actually from Kathy.

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Wow, Kathy, 80 pounds! That's terrific!

At 8:08 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Glad it's worked for you, Henry. Your case isn't typical though. Eggs often stall people because it is a common food sensitivity.


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