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Longhorn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 01:57 AM
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This forum has come at just the right time for me!
I've spent the last 18 months on a fasting diet (and lost 60 pounds.) After dieting practically my entire adult life (I'm 49,) it's time for me to learn to eat healthy food. Our children are grown and out of the house so cooking for two is another adjustment.

Anyway, I've already printed off a couple of great recipes and I can't wait to try them. Even though I'm very busy, I'm trying to cook a couple of meals a week and make enough for leftovers.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to incorporate more low-prep fruits and veggies into my diet, I'd sure appreciate it. I've been buying frozen and canned because I keep throwing fresh produce away that I never get around to using. Thanks!
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Kipepeo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:18 AM
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1. My favorite last minute veggie dish
Broccoli and Tofu

I usually buy a head of broccoli, with more florets than stalk if possible. Peel the stalk then chop the whole thing up into bite-sized pieces and boil for just a few minutes until just barely soft enough to eat, and drain.

Meanwhile, in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil I add a package of tofu that I've cubed (I use Extra Firm Tofu to keep it from being mushy...also be sure to use a brand of tofu that you *like* the taste of :) Some are downright nasty). Try to brown the tofu for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add some minced garlic (as much garlic as you like) and just a little soy sauce for taste.

Finally, I add the broccoli to the skillet, along with a little more soy sauce for simmering. Toss and serve.

Quick, yummy and cheap. :)

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helnwhls Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 02:52 PM
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2. Spinach!
I have discovered that I really like spinach. I love an all spinach salad with celery for crunch.

For cooked spinach, this is a very quick, easy recipe.

I take the leaves, rinse them clean and then kinda roll them in a towel so they are not too wet.

I get my large skillet, put in a table spoon of oil. Get the skillet warmed up on a medium heat.

I dice up a few sun-dried tomatoes cause I like the taste. You don't need to do this if you don't.

I throw the spinach in the skillet. Keep stirring it around. I only leave it on for maybe 2 or 3 minutes. It kind of steam from the water still on the leaves. I toss in the sun-dried tomatoes. It drastically reduces.

Last time I served this to friends, they finished the spinach before the mashed potatoes.
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Longhorn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:00 PM
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3. I like spinach, too, but didn't really know how to fix it.
I'm afraid my mother was one of those "cook-the-life-out-of-veggies" kind of cook and I grew up hating them. I've acquired a taste for most veggies (though I'll never like peas -- gagged on them too many times as a child) but I've not acquired the skill in cooking them.

Thanks, I'll give this one a try!
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