Eating vegetables will help you lose weight but if you are like me and many people who have suffered with obesity you don’t exactly love them. I was lucky that I didn’t have to learn to like vegetables. Even weighing 250lbs I liked them. My issue was I liked a lot of it fried, cheesed up, greased out, and creamed if possible. To top it off, I could eat about 3-4 servings of said “country style” vegetables. Needless to say, a “country style” vegetable is not a food that will help you lose weight.
Since I’ve lost 100lbs there were two things I had to conquer:
1. I had to feel full with vegetables and be able to eat a voluminous amount.
2. The vegetables had to taste GUUUD so I had to get very creative.
Today I’m going to post a few ways I like to make my vegetables and some links to others who are good at making them delicious. A “delicious and healthy” vegetable IS a food that will help you lose weight–because you will enjoy eating it.
First, SnackGirl made some stuffed zucchini boats. I haven’t made these yet but if you like potato skins these seem like a great twist on a diet disaster!
“I decided to do a take on a makeover of the evil potato skins that you can find in every bar in the country. A plate of potato skins at Applebee’s is a whopping 1340 calories, 94 grams of fat, and 1850 mg of sodium. Be sure to bring many friends to share this monster.”
Next is my own roasted green beans. These are super delicious and EASY to make. Simply spray a baking pan with non-stick. Fill the pan with FROZEN green beans. I like the french cut style but any kind will do. Sprinkle a lot of cajun seasoning on top, lightly spray with EVOO or non-stick again, and bake at 450 for 40 min. Be careful as there will be steam coming out. I STIR it once about half-way. It’s a terrific side item, I toss on top of my salads, and even my kiddo likes them.
Another favorite roasting technique I use is with cauliflower. I spray the baking pan, put about 3-4 bags of pre-chopped FRESH cauliflower on it, sprinkle garlic salt and balsamic vinegar over them, bake at 450 for 40 minutes, and portion out. They taste scary close to tater tots and are great dipped in a little ketchup!
Broccoli is also good roasted. You can do the same recipe as the cauliflower OR you can make a version sprinkled with cinnamon and truvia. Believe it or not it’s really good and sort of like a sweet-green treat.
My all-time rocking favorite, though, is “fried okra”. You take FROZEN okra, fill a baking pan sprayed with non-stick, sprinkle with garlic salt, mist with EVOO if you wish, and bake at 450 for 40 min. Toss once in the middle. SOOOO GOOD!
Hope these help you try some new things. Feel free to post some of your own favorite VEGETABLE recipes or links, too!