Your question was: Getting tired of Nutrisystem veggies?.
I'll have to look for that book. Thanks..
I've been cruising around on the recipes site and have noted a few.
How can I add some carbs? I don't have 100 or more pounds to lose, but would love some air popped popcorn. Can I ever have that? Some of the recipes have carbs in them..
You can put a serving of frozen chopped spinach in most of the Nutrisystem entree' and never taste it - especially in the italian pasta meals. You can also pour the entree's over other veggies. if you boil the cauliflower and the mash it, it kind of has the texture of potatoes, there's a lot of recipes for cauliflower around this site. Sugar snap peas are great if you like something a little sweeter - they're in the frozen foods sections. Keep trying out different things...
1 cup of air popped popcorn is a free food. You can have that. Otherwise the only way to add a carb serving is to select an entree that gives you one (hot dog, fajita, hamburger, grilled chicken, sloppy joe, chicken/tuna salad) and skip it to have later...
Have you tried steaming or microwaving fresh veggies? Yellow squash and zucchini with onion is actually very sweet tasting. Fresh broccoli is much much better microwaved than frozen broccoli. Fresh green beans often come in plastic microwaveable bags that really make it easy and taste so much better than canned.
Frozen chopped spinach is much cheaper than fresh and tastes just as good or even better than cooked fresh spinach. Frozen cut okra is also very good in the microwave..
I wish I could eat salads as much as you do, but I just prefer microwaved. Fast and easy...
PS I reread your message and it reminded me about microwaving onions. Cut a med-lg yellow onion in half, put one half in a small glass bowl. (I like to use a little bowl that the onion just barely fits into.) Spritz with ICBIB and add black pepper. Cover and nuke until the onion is soft. Sweet and Delicious. It is also good with nutmeg sprinkled on top instead of pepper...
Do you like rhubarb? it is both a vegi and a fruit..
Drink V8 Veg juice. Should get it with no salt- I could not handle it so I drink regular kind- but not having problem with salt issues (keeping eye on it tho). Costco sells cases of the small 5 oz cans- perfect. 1 cup (8 oz) is 2 veg servings. I drink the two cans so that is 10 oz- but you can leave a bit in the can if want to make it 8 oz. Still gives you a bit of fiber- not as good as a reg.
Working fine for me! Plus sometimes when I am soaking in the tub- I drink my cup of that with my water. (Same with Fusion for my fruit serving)...
Here is a snack to try...
Cut up some carrot sticks for dipping in this home made salsa recipe..
In your blender or Cuisinart.....
1 can 28oz of whole tomatoes.
5 pickled jalapeno peppers (or more).
Handfull of Cilantro leaves.
2t garlic salt.
1t garlic powder.
1/2 t ground cumin.
Blend 2 seconds or more depending on how chunky you like it..
(I have to hide from my family)..
I'm a picky vegetable eater too. You might try roasting them. It gives them a different flavor... Here's some suggestions:.
Roasted green beans - Lay fresh green beans on a cookie sheet, spray with Pam and sprinkle with a little garlic salt. Roast for 10-15 minutes or so in at about 400..
Roasted yellow squash and onions - Slice fresh yellow squash (I use 2 or 3 squash) and 1/2 onion. Lay on cookie sheet, spray with Pam, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. I add red pepper flakes for a spicy zing and bake as above for about 15-20 minutes until squash becomes soft and onions start to caramelize...
Buy a bunch of frozen veggies to try and some steamer bags. You can get brussel sprouts, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli (eww), okra, squash, asparagus, peppers and onions, and much more that fall into plan there. Frozen spinach is great for adding into things. I also use a lot of mushrooms and artichoke hearts...
I've found that squeezing some lemon juice on my veggies makes them infinitely more tolerable! That and garlic. Or both! Mushrooms and very versatile as well. If you like spinach, I have the recipe for you!.
One large portabello mushroom.
2 cups of raw spinach, washed.
One serving of FF Mozzarella cheese.
Pepper, Salt Substitute.
Turn oven to broil and stove top to medium-high. Scrape out the gills of the mushroom with a spoon. In a non-stick pan, cook the spinach until it is just a little bit mushy, then pile it inside the mushroom, with a layer of pepper (to taste) on top of the spinach. Cook the mushroom with spinach for about 2 minutes on the stovetop, then put your cheese on top and stick it under the broiler until the cheese gets a little melty. Finish off with salt substitute, and voila! Delicious..
I love this recipe and make it about 3 times a week so quick and easy and delicious! Barely even tastes like a veggiemore like a meat dish! I typically save a protein serving from lunch to use for the cheese.
Sometimes I do this in the toaster oven too..
Thanks for the replies!.
I think I'll try roasting the veggies. That sounds okay. The thing is, if they are crunchy, I don't really care for them, except carrots, and I thought carrots were a no-no.
Like green beans; canned is okay because I don't really taste them or feel them. My daughter says I'm losing too many vitamins/fiber if they are canned. So I may steam them, but I'll steam them to death to get them mushy. Pretty much the same with any veggie..
I'm not really a V8 fan, but I sure wish I was. I'd do that more often. The v8 Fusion is okay, but not really veggies..
I am realizing that I will be spending alot more time in the kitchen than I used to, but that's okay. This first week or so are OBVIOUSLY learning weeks, and I really wasn't aware that it would be so much learning!.
Not complaining; just trying to figure out how to enjoy the veggies.
Yesterday was a bad day, but today I weighed and I lost six pounds in five days, so I can stomach the veggies!!.
However, realistically, I have to get to where I like them or this won't be a long-term thing.
So thanks for your replies. I'm going to try some of your suggestions!.
Carrots are not a no-no - they're just not one of the unlimited veggies, so watch your serving size. Also, OCCASIONALLY, it's ok to have a small ear of corn to replace two veggie servings. The fresh corn is SOOO good and sweet this time of year - just had an ear with a few spritzes of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray, along with my burger, and it was sooo good! I also like peppers and onions in my eggs - so for my morning protein I often make an egg white omelet with diced onions and red/yellow/orange peppers...
Something I like to do is make soup with veggies. Pick veggies you like, maybe carrots, onions, celery, mushrooms, zucchini, green beans, etc. just about any combination will work. Add a couple boxes of low sodium chicken broth and simmer until soft. Sometimes I spice it up with a little chili paste. I'm not much of a cook, and I don't care for many vegetable, but this one I can do...
I like cauliflower!! I bought a head and boiled it and mashed it, put it and some green beans under my beef and mashed potatoes and loved it! It was a huge meal. Very satisfying..
Of course, DH got the other half of the cauliflower, mixed with milk, butter, crackers and a bit of cheese. Oh, and some of my canadian bacon. He LOVED it, but he also tried a bite of mine and said that it was really good, too..
One of my staples is frozen California Blend vegies (Cauliflower, Broccoli and Carrots). I steam them and pour my dinner entrees over them. I also get the frozen Broccoli Stir Fry and do the same thing for the more oriental entrees. Yumm!..