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Simple Way to Eat Lots of Veggies?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 23, 2011 at 10:39 PM

How do you guys consume enough veggies? I know that I can incorporate them into recipes, but I was wondering what are some ways to prepare them on their own as a side outside of raw, steaming or cooking them in oil--that type of simplicity. Really, I am just looking for a quick way to add them to the lunch I take to work. Thanks in advance!

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on August 25, 2012
at 02:52 PM

After you do this a few times, you don't even need a recipe. Saute some onion, when it's almost clear add garlic for a minute, then drop the chopped veggies in there (maybe an herb or two.) Stir, saute, stir, saute, then add stock and water to just cover veggies. Simmer till soft. Cool. Blend. Voilá: soup. I just put 6 pints of organic CSA patty-pan and carrot soup in the freezer this week and had a couple more pints I kept in my fridge for immediate eats. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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on August 24, 2011
at 09:07 PM

So much great stuff here. Thanks!

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on August 24, 2011
at 08:49 PM

Since you asked about something you can take to work, I'd also recommend that you pick up something like this insulated Kleen Kanteen , it would work for both hot blended soups and cold smoothies...http://www.kleankanteen.com/products/insulated/klean-kanteen-insulated.php

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on August 24, 2011
at 03:33 PM

I wish my husband would eat them microwaved! He likes them boiled until they are mush!

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on August 24, 2011
at 12:59 PM

http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/pureeacutedsoups/r/veggiepuree.htm http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/pureeacutedsoups/r/carrotpuree.htm Here, let me Google that for you. http://www.enjoyyourcooking.com/soup-recipes/soup-puree-broccoli-chicken.html http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-vegetable-soup-recipe/index.html http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/cold-summer-soups/detail.aspx

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on August 24, 2011
at 11:53 AM

And for anyone who wants to jump in and tell me microwaves cause cancer, I need evidence. A link to pubmed. I have not seen any indication that microwaving is more harmful than other cooking methods.

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on August 24, 2011
at 02:43 AM

I still haven't figured out what is "enough" vegies. However I am starting to eat almost all of them cooked lately and a lot less of them then when I first became paleo.

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at 11:21 PM

Recipes or it didn't happen

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on August 23, 2011
at 10:56 PM

This takes some prep, but can be done in bulk ahead of time ... pureed soups. Since it is summer something like a gazpacho can be eaten cold. Zuccini, avocado, broccoli all make for excellent pureed soups.

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on August 23, 2011
at 11:21 PM

Recipes or it didn't happen

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on August 24, 2011
at 12:59 PM

http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/pureeacutedsoups/r/veggiepuree.htm http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/pureeacutedsoups/r/carrotpuree.htm Here, let me Google that for you. http://www.enjoyyourcooking.com/soup-recipes/soup-puree-broccoli-chicken.html http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-vegetable-soup-recipe/index.html http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/cold-summer-soups/detail.aspx

94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

(1007)

on August 25, 2012
at 02:52 PM

After you do this a few times, you don't even need a recipe. Saute some onion, when it's almost clear add garlic for a minute, then drop the chopped veggies in there (maybe an herb or two.) Stir, saute, stir, saute, then add stock and water to just cover veggies. Simmer till soft. Cool. Blend. Voilá: soup. I just put 6 pints of organic CSA patty-pan and carrot soup in the freezer this week and had a couple more pints I kept in my fridge for immediate eats. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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on August 23, 2011
at 11:39 PM

Roast 'em! Add oil, salt, pepper, vinegar in whatever amount you see fit, and roast in your oven around 375-400 until your house smells delicious.

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on August 24, 2011
at 12:24 AM

celery with almond butter for a snack, shredded romaine and avocado with canned salmon. grape tomatoes, baby carrot and cucumber with some left over chicken breast. spinach can be sandwiched between two slices of roast beef; i like to add some horseradish. big flowerettes of broccoli and cauliflower travel well. i also keep some frozen vegetables at the office and add them to bone broth that i am forced to warm in the microwave for lack of real heat.

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on August 23, 2011
at 11:05 PM

I like to shred them up and throw them in chicken soup. If you do not have one, get a food processor. So much easier to chop up veg and incorporate them with meat, soups, eggs, etc.

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on August 24, 2011
at 11:51 AM

Frozen vegetables are exceptionally convenient. You just pop em in the microwave and they're done in 4 minutes. You don't have to chop or prepare them this way. You also don't have to worry about them going bad by the end of the week.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7314)

on August 24, 2011
at 11:53 AM

And for anyone who wants to jump in and tell me microwaves cause cancer, I need evidence. A link to pubmed. I have not seen any indication that microwaving is more harmful than other cooking methods.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on August 24, 2011
at 03:33 PM

I wish my husband would eat them microwaved! He likes them boiled until they are mush!

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695b82d856d4bd9314b865864ff6df5e

on August 24, 2011
at 12:17 AM

dehydrate with seasoning for veggie chips, then make some dip or eat plain!

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on August 24, 2011
at 08:47 PM

Need more veggies?

Try this!

simple-way-to-eat-lots-of-veggies?

(Swiss chard, beets, and assorted fruits/nuts... full recipe here)

Or this!

simple-way-to-eat-lots-of-veggies?

(Carrots, kale, broccoli and assorted fruits/nuts... full recipe here)

And another one!

simple-way-to-eat-lots-of-veggies?

(Spinach, coconut, cocoa, and almond milk... full recipe here)

40449b985898b088a64660b40f329f0f

(951)

on August 24, 2011
at 09:07 PM

So much great stuff here. Thanks!

Medium avatar

(19469)

on August 24, 2011
at 08:49 PM

Since you asked about something you can take to work, I'd also recommend that you pick up something like this insulated Kleen Kanteen , it would work for both hot blended soups and cold smoothies...http://www.kleankanteen.com/products/insulated/klean-kanteen-insulated.php

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on August 24, 2011
at 11:47 AM

Throw them in a food processor or blender and mix them with fruit or spices to a smoothie. Or juice them than you get a lot vegies in a very short time.

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on August 24, 2011
at 06:53 AM

I steam them, or just roast in oven, works particulary well for broccoli, brussel sprouts and cauliflower. I eat about 1-2kgs of vegetables per day. Its amazing how many kiloes per week you go through some vegs and fruits, and i live alone :)

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on August 24, 2011
at 01:33 AM

Asian stir fries! Simply fry some garlic/ginger and meat in fat, add some julienned (match-stick sliced) veggies of your choice with some water to steam, and splash in some oyster sauce or hoisin sauce. There tons of detailed recipes on YouTube if you need more instruction. I use a range of carrots, any sort of peppers, cucumber (seeds removed), zucchini, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, spring onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, basil, coriander, etc., etc. You can add soy sauce if you want, but I find its not really necessary.

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on August 24, 2011
at 12:45 AM

Think I posted this once, but what the hey. I just give a coarse chop in the food processor to a bunch of different veggies (whatever is on hand, usually like 5-9 different veggies). Do this in bulk and add it to whatever whenever. Usually I use it as a salad topper, but works as well for sauteing with meat or throwing in with scrambled eggs.

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on August 24, 2012
at 08:20 PM

Frozen vegetables at work.

I had a hang up that I should only eat FRESH veggies. Because of that, I wasn't eating very many. That was dumb.

So now I make frequent runs to Trader Joe's and pick up multiple bags of frozen organic broccoli, frozen organic spinach, etc. I eat my breakfast at work, so each morning I'll heat up 1 cup of frozen spinach and 1 cup of frozen broccoli along with whatever else I'm having for breakfast.

I also stockpile olive oil and balsamic vinegar at my desk, and my work has salt, pepper, lemon pepper. Bring whatever you need to make the veg more interesting.

It's been an easy, convenient, and cheap way for me to increase my servings of veg.

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