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Healthy veggie side recipes needed!

Posted by on Jan. 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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So, I am going to start trying to eat a little healthier. All we eat as sides that aren't starch for dinners are canned veggies with just some salt and pepper in them. The few recipes I've tried are not very healthy at all (i.e., creamed spinach with heavy cream in it, veggies with lots of cheese, etc). I am also conditioned to want to add butter to everything :/ So please, anyone, share some recipes that are flavorful and healthier than what I'm used to cooking! My husband is super picky with veggies, so here is a list of things he will eat:

green beans

mushrooms and onions 

broccoli

spinach and possible other leafy greens like kale 

avocado

tomato

cucumber

zucchini

eggplant

I know that's not a huge variety, but I'd rather fix something that he will eat, as well. Even if you don't have a certain recipe and can share some spice pairings with certain veggies to add more flavor, I would appreciate it!

by on Jan. 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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OliviaW.
by on Jan. 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM

My dh loves fresh tomatoes. Just peel (optional) and slice with a little salt. 

goddess99
by Michelle on Jan. 23, 2013 at 2:32 PM
Kimberly954
by on Jan. 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

sliced cucumbers in 1/2 vinigar and 1/2 water. yummy!! not on your list but dh is very veggie picky and likes bacon wrapped asparagus as well as brown sugar roasted squash.

jlbelknap35
by on Jan. 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM
I love just cutting up my veggies and tossing them in olive oil and putting thyme salt and pepper on them and roasting them in the oven. Especially broccoli and curly kale. Have you guys tried spaghetti squash before? You can use it in place of noodles in pasta dishes, also I love steamed zucchini and yellow squash and cabbage.
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mylilprincesses
by Paula on Jan. 23, 2013 at 2:57 PM

 

 

Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats

 

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17914300/Chicken_Enchilada_Stuffed_Zucchini_Boats

Zucchini Cupcakes with Greek Yogurt Frosting

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17896460/Zucchini_Cupcakes_with_Greek_Yogurt_Frosting

Zucchini Pancake

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17896442/Zucchini_Pancake

Mac 'n' Cheese Spinach Muffins

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17821085/Mac_n_Cheese_Spinach_Muffins

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17790446/Baked_Parmesan_Tomatoes

Feta & Parmesan Zucchini Bake

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17790507/Feta_Parmesan_Zucchini_Bake

Spinach Dip Bites

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17790479/Spinach_Dip_Bites

Broccoli Parmesan Fritters

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17684612/Broccoli_Parmesan_Fritters

Chicken-Zucchini Alfredo

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17671668/Chicken_Zucchini_Alfredo

Zucchini Quesdillas

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17471210/Zucchini_Quesdillas

Zucchini Lasagna!

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17440097/Zucchini_Lasagna

Baked Zucchini Fritters!

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17299396/Baked_Zucchini_Fritters

Zucchini Fries!

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17258153/Zucchini_Fries

Zucchini Tots

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17175990/Zucchini_Tots

Grilled Zucchini Pizza Slices

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17174476/Grilled_Zucchini_Pizza_Slices

Eggplant and Goat-Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Tarragon Sauce

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17176156/Eggplant_and_Goat_Cheese_Sandwiches_with_Tomato_Tarragon_Sauce

Broccoli Cornbread!

http://www.cafemom.com/group/107096/forums/read/17037400/Broccoli_Cornbread

 

periwinkle163
by on Jan. 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

 I have found the best way to get veggies into my family is to leave them raw and serve them with a little ranch.

Bertieb
by Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Chunked eggplant with or without  skin, cut up Roma tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, onions, squash, potatoes, really whatever you like....brush with a olive oil and season with salt and pepper then roast in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes or until they look good to  you! Roasted veggies like this are really good as a side and with couscous, rice or baked potato! The eggplant-tomato combination roasted is my favorite. You could even sprinke with a little parmesan cheese.

jjamom
by Silver Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 8:39 AM
Roasted veggies are really good and pretty healthy. I toss them with healthier EVOO, salt, pepper and garlic and roast in 400* oven until caramelized. It's one of my favorite ways to cook veggies because they're so flavorful this way.

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jjamom
by Silver Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 8:45 AM
I also like zucchini sliced and sautéed with fresh tomatoes. I usually use the grape tomatoes and leave them whole. As they heat up, they pop open. You can add Italian seasoning, garlic, etc whatever spices or herbs you like.



Grilled asparagus is really good, too. I have an indoor grill pan. Grill using EVOO or canola oil, then splash with a little balsamic vinegar.



Also, my favorite way to cook spinach is very simple, I sautée in EVOO with chopped fresh garlic just until it starts to wilt. We eat it just like that, but If you want more flavor, you could add a splash of vinegar or lemon juice.
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jjamom
by Silver Member on Jan. 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM
Oh, and fresh green beans, blanch them, then place in a pan with grape tomatoes and 1/4 c Italian dressing. Cook until tomatoes pop open. You cando the same with fresh asparagus or zucchini as well.
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