Monday, April 16, 2012

veggie show & tell.

a couple weeks ago i mentioned my goal of eating 30 servings of vegetables during the week, and some people commented asking to see some of the ways i ate my veggies. i debated whether or not i should photograph the meals that i ate, since none of them are actual "recipes" and since i didn't know if they would look appetizing to anyone besides me.....but oh well, i did it anyway! also, i feel silly giving tips on how to eat "healthy" because i actually don't think i'm the healthiest eater, although i have developed a real love for vegetables (obviously), so hopefully i'm qualified to do this post! :) here are some of my favorite go-to veggie meals....

+ veggie noodle soup (see recipe below) with homemade blue potato chips.
+ sauteed broccolini & kale with avocado.
+ spaghetti squash with pan-roasted zucchini & cherry tomatoes.
+ spaghetti squash with pan-roasted carrots & yams.
+ raw shredded kale & brussels sprouts and avocado, tossed with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper.
+ pan-roasted mini peppers and yellow zucchini/squash with avocado and black rice.

a few other things....my favorite way to cook and eat vegetables is just to throw a bunch of them in a pan with some olive oil, salt & pepper and cook them up. (quick and easy!) also, i still haven't given up my desserts and/or other yummy treats, so i haven't noticed any weight loss from eating all these veggies, but i have noticed that i have a lot more energy (i sleep about an hour or two less per night!) and so much more peace of mind when i eat this way.

WHITNEY'S VEGGIE NOODLE SOUP "RECIPE"
1. saute chopped onions in some olive oil
2. once onions are translucent, pour in equal amounts of vegetable broth & water, and then add carrots, yams, butternut squash (or any vegetable you want!) and brown rice noodles.
3. let boil until noodles are soft (10-15 mins?).
3b. (add kale in the last minute or so just to cook it down a little bit.)
3c. salt & pepper all along the way!
*add more liquid if you want it more brothy, although i like my soups thick and bisque-y and chunky, so i go with less liquid. plus the photo above of this soup was taken of the left overs the next day, so the broth had really soaked in to the noodles. (made it even better!)

i plan on making this for dinner tonight, and i am really looking forward to it! any other tips on how to eat more vegetables?? happy monday!

36 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. That looks heavenly! Yum! xo, rv

    http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

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  2. i realized yesterday that we have gotten into the habit of throwing together a sunday vegetable saute to go with dinner. whatever is on sale at the grocery store. yesterday it was red onion with brussels and bell pepper. interesting combo, but if husband gives the approval than i know it must be good!

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    1. Haha I love it! I've never tried that combo, but I wouldn't be opposed to trying it! :)

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  3. Just to throw it out there... I am also trying to eat more veggies, and I LOVE seeing your suggestions. Keep 'em coming :)

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  4. looks delicious, Whitney! i'm on my own little veggie eating plan these days. it does wonders for my skin.

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  5. I'm so impressed with how much you eat vegetables! I realized the other day that while I feed them to my kids all the time, I'm pretty horrible at eating them myself. I love these ideas -- thanks for sharing!

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  6. This is so awesome and so inspiring! I've recently been trying to fit more veggies into my meals throughout the day. I watched "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead." It's really great, and it will really make you want a juicer!

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    1. Totally just added it to my Netflix queue! Thanks for the recommendation! :)

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  7. Dude. I just ate garlic bread for dinner.... now I feel guilty. You are amazing.

    Kacie

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  8. These look amazing! I recieve a weekly organic/local fruit and veggie delivery and I am always trying to come up with new ways to use my veggies... but I like having a quota for the week ("you have to finish this box")... this past week included turnips so I ended up making turnip fries (oven baked)... they were surprisingly tasty!

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    1. !!! turnip fries sound delicious! and where can i sign up for these veggie deliveries?? that sounds awesome!

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  9. love seeing all of the combinations--i'm definitely adding spaghetti squash to my grocery list this week!

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  10. My only tip is green smoothies, it's like tricking yourself into eating better! But i'm loving seeing the different ways you get all your servings of veggies in, inspires me to be a better vegetarian :)

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    1. my husband is religious about his green smoothies, but for some reason i can't stand them! definitely a good tip though, maybe one of these days i'll come around.... :)

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  11. i love finding new ways of eating veggies, so this is a great post!

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  12. Loving the first plate, and the food looks so pretty and tasty :)

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  13. this is great, thanks for the recommendations! i'm making veggies a staple for my lunches. i'm wondering, what do you count as a serving? between brighter skin and less sleep, i am so into this!

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    1. i consider it a serving of vegetables if it is about the size of my fist, or about a half cup. (or a full cup if i'm talking about "greens")

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  14. You are inspiring! We've been trying to eat different vegetables at home, but it is hard, because we like them differently! One of my favorite dishes though is the everything omelet - I throw all kinds of veggies in there and my picky husband doesn't notice! :)

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  15. I've been a vegetarian for over 15 years and those veggie plates look delicious!

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  16. I eat mixed vegetables almost every evening when my boyfriend isn't home (and that means 5 days a week), and I just don't get tired of them. Its super easy to make after a long day at work and you can combine all the vegetables you want.

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  17. This is my first "meatless" week and I feel fantastic. I'm curious as to which plates ended up being your favorites? What a great inspiration! :) x

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    1. so hard to choose!! the ones with the spaghetti squash were very, VERY good, but i am also obsessed with that "soup" and anything with avocado... how's that for an answer? ;)

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  18. this looks fantastic! did i ever tell you that i make roasted radishes all the time now thanks to that post?? and even my kids love them ;)

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  19. Making my mouth water, so I don't think you have to worry about any dishes looking unappetizing! And I really appreciate your food posts. I always eat better after seeing your recipes.

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  20. I've been loving these posts!

    I like to sauté pretty much every vegetable I can get my hands on in a pan with sesame seeds, garlic and olive oil. The sesame seeds add a nice flavor to them. Also, I've been making roasted spinach (like roasted kale, but better) and adding that to sandwiches. They're crunchy like chips, but melt-in-your mouth tasty and so much healthier. YUMMO.

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    1. definitely need to try this sesame seed trick! that sounds delicious. and spinach "chips" is genius. the possibilities are endless with vegetables, i love it.

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  21. Your food photography is gorgeous. All of these meals look delicious! Since I'm already a veggie (vegetarian I mean, not like, a carrot), I might try counting my veg portions up and if I'm short of 30, use that as a goal - you can never have too many veggies! Have you ever tried making green juices? Really simple ones like kale, spinach, apple & lemon juice can be super tasty, and a great way to get more veg portions in to your diet.

    Rosie xx
    Just Listen

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  22. yay! i'm so glad you documented :) and that soup looks AMAZING.

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  23. You make veggies look so good! I needed your expertise tonight when I cooked dandelion greens. They looked awful and tasted worse! :)

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  24. whitney - can't we hang out already? i think wed make an awesome friend-pair.

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  25. You can go in so many directions with veggies, but sometimes you just need some inspiration like this! One of my favorite ways to incorporate veggies is by topping nachos with (besides meat) onions, corn, lots of tomatoes and avocado. It's the best!

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  26. I need to work on my veggie intake too. These meals all look delicious. Spaghetti squash is so good and easy to grow. I wish I had a garden... that makes eating your veggies so easy!

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  27. Aren't veggies amazing!? When I switched to a whole foods, vegan diet a few years back it was like night and day. Looks like you are on the right track! Beautiful dishes!
    Tasha

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